Gold Coast To Bunbury/Perth Drive

Submitted: Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 16:08
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Hi all,
My name is Rhyanna and I am after some advice.

In the next few months my fiance and I are doing the big move to W.A and I was wondering if anyone had some tips or recommended routes/stops/fuel stations etc. We are wanting to try to plan the trip down to the t but advice is really needed as google can only do so much haha!

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

P.S The cars we will be taking are a Ford Fg Ute and Ford G6 sedan so 4wd areas will not suit.

Thanks in advance

Rhyanna :)
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Reply By: Notso - Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 17:20

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 17:20
Are you planning any sightseeing on the way or just a quick dash?
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Follow Up By: Rhyanna H - Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 17:28

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 17:28
Hi, thanks for the reply!
just the quick dash atm as we have a limited time length.. we are trying to give ourselves 5-7 days to get across. Hoping for a quick but still safe journey :-)
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Follow Up By: Notso - Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 19:06

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 19:06
It's about 4400 kilometres all up.

Average about 700 per day. Suggest a rest day or two along the way, just to relax.

Stop Gilgandra, Broken Hill, Ceduna, Eucla, Norseman, Perth.

You'll probably find it cheaper to stay in Caravan Park Cabins rather than Motels, unless you want to camp.

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Follow Up By: 08crd - Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 19:24

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 19:24
I pretty much agree with Notso. However I would probably stop at Warren rather than Gilgandra, I think it's nicer.
Also if you stop at Eucla, then get up early say 6.00am for breakfast and get on your way. You will make it to Kalgoorlie no problem, because you wind the clock back two hours.
Kalgoorlie is a much nicer place to stop, you could stay there a couple of nights, plenty to see.
I find travelling East to West much easier than the reverse.
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Reply By: bibtracker - Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 19:07

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 19:07
A useful site is

www.distancescalc.com

which says your trip is about 4500 km and will take one day 23 hours driving time.

That's an average of 95km/hr. I'd plan on taking a bit longer for safety's sake!!

Cheers, Tony
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Reply By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 20:06

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 20:06
Don't forget to check the quarantine and fruit fly restrictions. Don't use used cardboard fruit boxes to pack your gear in.
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Follow Up By: Charlie B2 - Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 13:41

Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 13:41
Or hessian bags! Potato sacks will just about get you executed! :-)

X2 for Rod. Nearly everything in the way of fresh fruit & veg is a no-no, as is honey, if I recall correctly.

Anything that has been in touch with the ground is of concern too, unless there have been recent changes. About the only things like that, that you can bring in, are your shoes and tyres and even your shoes might not make it if you've recently been on a farm with them!

Wouldn't bring along my pet starling or sparrow, either.

OK so I got a bit off-topic with my hyperbole, but they're real examples of what WA doesn't want there.

Regards,


Charlie
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Follow Up By: disco driver - Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 15:12

Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 15:12
Here's the link to WA Ag Dept website.
It will give you all the info re what's OK and what's not for the WA border checkpoint at Eucla.

"agric.wa.gov.au" then click "Invasive species" then "Quarantine"
(Delete the " s when typing the lines in.)
Happy reading.

Hope it helps!

disco.
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Reply By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 21:46

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 21:46
Have a look at this thread too Melbourne to Pemberton
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Reply By: member - mazcan - Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 22:25

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 at 22:25
hi rhyanna
if you are coming to bunbury then perth as your post suggests you would be better off going from norseman through to hyden 307km's on the gravel section andhyden to bunbury is another 372km's the rest of the rd to bunbury is all good sealed rd through kondinin/ kulin/wickepin/narrogin/to Williams and collie to bunbury ---- 679km's total
bunbury is 180km's south of perth on the coast
you then have the old coast rd and forrest high way and the free way up to perth which only takes 2 hrs on any given day
the route I have mentioned is the shortest east west route to bunbury
the norseman hyden rd is graded regularly as mine trucks use it on a daily basis
it is a good gravel rd and cars and vehicles towing vans go through there on a daily basis with out any problems just drive sensibly to the conditions
cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 13:47

Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 13:47
Rhyanna

I'll go along with mazcan it might be gravel but 2wd use it all the time.
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Follow Up By: Rhyanna H - Saturday, Jul 20, 2013 at 16:31

Saturday, Jul 20, 2013 at 16:31
Hello, quick question about the shortcut through to Hayden. I picked up an Australia Road atlas... Is that one known as the Hayden Norseman road?
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Follow Up By: member - mazcan - Sunday, Jul 21, 2013 at 11:59

Sunday, Jul 21, 2013 at 11:59
hi rhyanna
either aus rd altlas has a spelling mistake in it
or you have done a typo error but the name -------hayden------ should be---- hyden -----
yes it is referred to officially as the hyden / norseman rd as there are no other towns in between
don't drink and drive or close your eyes other than to blink while on your epic journey
safe happy travels
cheers
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Reply By: Rhyanna H - Friday, Jul 19, 2013 at 08:04

Friday, Jul 19, 2013 at 08:04
Hi everybody,
Thank you so much for all your replies I will definitely look into all of them!!
I am assuming that these routes have adequate fuel stations along the way?
The ute has 20litres (77L) more then the g6 (57L)which has a range of roughly 550-600 km give or take as I haven't taken it on long highway driving.
Again thank you all so much !
Rhyanna
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Follow Up By: member - mazcan - Friday, Jul 19, 2013 at 14:08

Friday, Jul 19, 2013 at 14:08
hi rhyanna
will just mention there are no shops or fuel between norseman and hyden
but if your tank is full at norseman you wont need any
the chances of hitting roos and or emu's on the gravel section is no greater or less than anywhere else on the Nullarbor crossing
sunset evening and early morning/sunrise are the worst times
but they can jump out anytime of the day or night that's their choice
hyden and every other town on way to bunbury has fuels and shops
hyden also has a very good caravan and camping park right next to wave rock which is very interesting to look at
cheers
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