Mabel Downs Station track, Northern Territory, Australia. This track carries you through Mabel Downs Station to the Bungle Bungles. A very scenic drive of around 50 km that takes a good one and a half hours. The track is very rough and only suitable for 4wd vehicles. July 2005.
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What is it about gravel tracks in rugged places that is so evocative? Not too much of it though! I remember after some 300 plus miles of mud, slush, gravel and corrugations on the Eyre Highway crossing the Nullarbor in 1974 I nearly got out and kissed the bitumen just outside Penong in South Australia. At that time the road from the West Australian border to Penong was still unsealed, though the roadworks for re-routing and sealing it had begun.