AnswerID: 275457 Submitted: Friday, Dec 07, 2007 at 09:39
Member - Dave T (WA)
Thanks for the replies. I appreciate all the safety and driving advice.
I probably should have written the first post a bit differently, what I was chasing was the actual distance and time saved between the 2 different routes driving at speeds that the conditions dictate. From Shay Gap
it would be a straight line drive up the Boreline Rd until it meets the bitumen again.
With 2 drivers I thought that maybe we could leave Perth
very early in the morning and make it to Marble Bar
for the night. Then the next day it would be a comfortable drive to Broome
. This might be a bit optimistic. I'm not out to break any records.
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FollowupID: 539171 Submitted:
Friday, Dec 07, 2007 at 09:57
The Explorer posted:
Hello - I estimate the difference in distance between Newman
via PH (~1030km) and Newman
via Shay Gap
(~880Km) to be roughly about 150 to 180km plus or minus 20km. So in reality they would probably work out pretty much the same time wise...if nothing goes to wrong (which it probably wont) - as mentioned if you get stuck behind a truck on the way to Marble Bar
the equation could change for the worse, but the same can happen on the PH Road - this road is heaviliy used by road trains. I would actually recommend going the Shay gap
way and take it slighly easier (ie drive to conditions) - more fun,. Havent worked out fuel stops - you may have to duck up to Pardoo
- not sure.
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FollowupID: 539182 Submitted:
Friday, Dec 07, 2007 at 10:35
Member - Dave T (WA) posted:
Thanks Greg, makes life a whole lot simpler if I had written the correct post in the first place. I figured filling up at Newman
then if need be at Sandfire.
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FollowupID: 539188 Submitted:
Friday, Dec 07, 2007 at 10:56
Member - Davoe (Yalgoo) posted:
Its 12 hours from perth
. the first bit og the GNH is slow due to the hills and trucks but you can really make up for lost time after Cue
. Fill up at Capricorn to avoid having to back track from newman
to the marble bar
Thr road should be in good condition as after the wet season the graders would have graded out the creeks and they have upgraded a few crossings. with west angeles and Wedgetail in construction phase this road i reckon will be seeing alot of trucks.
Its 180k to nullagine
which should take just over 2 hours.
Wegtail own the pub there and if they have construction cranking i dunno if there will be anwhere to stay - you would have to ring ahead.
Its another 120k to MB of which i dont know the road but it would be dark by now so watch out for cattle
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