Road condition for caravans Marble Bar to Hillside

Submitted: Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 11:23
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I would like to take my landcruiser and caravan on the Hillside-Marble Bar unsealed road. Can anyone provide information on the condition of this road, in particular the severity of corrugations that may cause damage to the caravan. The caravan has heavy duty suspension and tandem axles, though limited road clearance.
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Reply By: Member - Rowdy6032 (WA) - Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 16:50

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 16:50
July 2012 the road was fine and you shouldn't have any problems if it hasn't changed.

There were 3 or 4 dips that could catch you unawares if you're not paying attention.

Some yobbo had removed all the road signs which made it a bit difficult to establish exactly where you were.

Took about an hour and a half towing.

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Reply By: Member - Warrie (NSW) - Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 20:00

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 20:00
Hi RobOzEx, we took the shortcut from 100km north of Auski Roadhouse across to Marble Bar last May. This newer road goes north of Hillside station then joins onto the last 60km into M. Bar. Magnificent scenery but then it started to rain for the last 40km into the Bar. Slippery as a skating rink !!. The tar at the town was a MOST welcome sight. LOL. Have done Marble Bar to hillside and down to Bonney Downs in 2010 in rig shown in my pic. A very pleasant run in the dry and your set up is more rugged than mine was...... W

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Follow Up By: RobOzEx - Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 09:16

Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 09:16
I'm new to this website forum so I think I failed to direct my reply to Rowdy6032 properly! Warri - thanks for reply and photo. How do you insert a photo like you did?
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Reply By: RobOzEx - Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 09:07

Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 09:07
Thanks for your prompt reply! Your comments sound encouraging. What were you towing on your trip? My van is 18 ft long pop-top and lowest road clearance is 1 ft, due to an underslung collapsible boat in a metal box. Do you recall any deep corrugations at all?
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Follow Up By: Member - Rowdy6032 (WA) - Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 11:57

Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 11:57
Hi Rob

We were towing an off road, single axle, Australian Off Road Quantum pop top.

Don't recall any corrugations of note, but towards the Comet Gold Mine at the Marble Bar end, the road had a hard surface and was a bit bumpy.

Your only problem would be those dips which could cause you some dramas if you hit them at any speed. I think if you took it slowly you should be ok.

If there is no recent info on here perhaps a call to the Newman or Marble Bar Tourist Bureau may ease your concerns. We found them very helpful at Marble Bar and well worth a visit for the information.

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