AWD for GRR and Purnululu
We are a couple from Italy planning a trip to Kimberley and NT in August. Thank you for the informative site and the guidebook. Unfortunately we still have some doubts on our car rental and need your help.
After a long research we have abandoned the idea of a full size 4 WD, since it is too expensive, consumes a lot, has prohibitive insurance excess and still there's no guarantee of taking it wherever you want to.
Instead we would consider hiring a compact AWD, like Nissan X-trail or similar and with lots of caution and common sense make it suitable for the Gibb River Road and Purnululu NP. We know that a hire company does not allow these vehicles on rough roads, so it will be all under our responsibility. So I would like to ask for your opinion.
Do you think Nissan X-trail has sufficient clearance and characteristics compatible with these roads? Are there many travellers who actually have serious breakages and problems? What about the weather in the second half of August? Does it ever rain there?
Thank you in advance, Leila and Roberto
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