Bill Binns – the man and the Track.

Bill Binns has spent most of his life in the Australian bush. His 32-year career with the Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife Service from the 1960s to 1990s shows his passion for wildlife and conservation. The 2,200 kilometre track from Mt Dare to Timber Creek is the result of that passion. Bill was instrumental in the conservation of the Territory. He worked with Traditional owners and liaised with government to establish joint management of parks and areas of significance.

From his years in the bush, Bill formed the view that the Territory would benefit from interstate four-wheel drive tourism. He had driven all the stock routes, many abandoned since the use of road trains in the 1960s. Bill also knew the location of all the spectacular rock formations, where to see abundant wildlife and where to enjoy the vibrant colours of the landscape.

Timber Creek Escarpment.

Bill Binns, John Deckert and the birth of the Binns Track.

In 1993 Bill Binns met John Deckert from Westprint Outback Maps. They both wanted to develop a series of maps highlighting stock routes and linking the various parks and features of the NT. A map now known as the Original Binns Track map resulted. John and Bev Deckert travelled many of the routes marked by Bill as they did the ground research for a proposed series of maps for the NT Government. Two years later saw the launch of the first map in the series; the East MacDonnell Ranges. Although successful, a change of government scuttled the project. Behind the scenes work continued with the idea of linking tracks, resulting in the promotion of several designated 4WD tracks featuring the Explorer Territory logo. This culminated in the eventual launch of the Binns Track in May 2008.

Ruby Gap

The Binns Track is not to be underestimated.

Road surfaces on The Binns Track vary from sealed highways to rugged, tyre-punishing rocky tracks. Although used regularly, the track should not be taken lightly and a small convoy of two or three vehicles will increase safety.

Use a high-clearance vehicle on the Binns Track

Most sections are suitable for 4WD and camper trailer, but Gregory National Park presents a difficult landscape for 4WD vehicles. Caravans and Camper trailers may suffer significant damage and taking an alternative track is recommended. Some tracks are rocky with sharp creek crossings and are only suitable for high clearance vehicles. Rocky ledges with 300 mm drops will cause difficulty for vehicles with soft suspension or low towing hitches. The Broadarrow Track has many sharp rocks and can be particularly hard on tyres. The Westprint Outback Maps guide shows alternative routes for camper trailers.

Always check local conditions

Track damage and large areas of bulldust have seen the Binns track closed indefinitely between Mt Dare and Old Andado. A detour is in place via New Crown Station.

Old Andado Homestead.

Are you planning to drive the Binns Track? Contact our office on 0353911466 or info@westprint.com.au

Have you driven the Binns Track? We’d love to hear about your trip. Email info@westprint.com.au

Trip Resources:

Binns Track – Guide

4WD Travel Guides Binns Track DVD.

Buy both of the above for a better deal. Binns Track Bundle

Binns Track Digital Map

Hema NT Map and Hema Great Desert Tracks Central

A Son of the Red Centre – Kurt Johannson and the NT Road Train story.

Alice Springs to Oodnadatta Map and Alice Springs to Oodnadatta Digital Map