Road to Lake Ballard

Submitted: Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013 at 12:12
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We are going to be in Kalgoorlie in the next few weeks and have always wanted to see the statues at Lake Ballard. We have heard various reports about the road from Menzies to the lake - from it's just for 4WD vehicles only, to it's ok for standard cars. Just wondering if anyone has been out there recently and could let us know what it is really like. BTW we have a very rugged Captiva.
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Reply By: The Explorer - Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013 at 12:50

Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013 at 12:50
Hello Gerard

I have been along this road several times in the last couple of years (last time in May) and its definitely OK for standard cars (taking the usual precautions for driving on gravel roads). If it rains it gets a bit mushy so would avoid it immediately after significant rain events.

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Follow Up By: gerard m2 - Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013 at 13:03

Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013 at 13:03
Thanks Greg
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Reply By: Member - Andrew & Jen - Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013 at 14:49

Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013 at 14:49
Hullo Gerard
Went out to the sculptures from Menzies 2 weeks ago. Road is fine for 2WD. Maybe a different story if it had just rained though.
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Follow Up By: gerard m2 - Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013 at 15:27

Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013 at 15:27
Thanks Andrew,

Was the road heavily corrugated?
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew & Jen - Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013 at 15:39

Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013 at 15:39
95% smooth as :-)
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Follow Up By: Member - Mfewster(SA) - Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013 at 17:00

Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013 at 17:00
We were there recently. !00% agreement with Andrew and Jen's opinion.
A further note, the camping facilities there are basic but good. I'd recommend staying overnight so you can see it at sunset and sunrise.
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Follow Up By: gerard m2 - Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013 at 00:08

Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013 at 00:08
Amazing pic.
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Follow Up By: Member - Murray R (VIC) - Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013 at 21:37

Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013 at 21:37
Also there 2 wks ago, agree with Andrew that road is in perfect condition

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Reply By: Tim HJ61 (WA) - Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013 at 23:39

Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013 at 23:39
A very rugged Captiva will be fine! :-)

It's part of the Golden Quest Discovery Trail, so the roads are well looked after. Even it isn't on the designated tourist route, the roads in that region are all wide and fine.

You can head out past Rowles Lagoon and come back via the bitumen, and or head up to Gwalia, just out of Leonora with it 'living' old village and magnificent State Hotel.

Lots to see, just a bit of driving in between. I'd recommend following the Golden Quest trail if you've got a few days.

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Reply By: gerard m2 - Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013 at 00:07

Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013 at 00:07
Than to every one for the comments and advice. We are quite looking forward to it and all the other sites in the area.
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Reply By: get outmore - Thursday, Aug 15, 2013 at 03:37

Thursday, Aug 15, 2013 at 03:37
I cant tell which state your from but i assume not WA

pretty much all of out dirt roads from the north to the south east are as good or better than bituman roads
I came from SA over 15 years ago and was blown away with the quality of non bituman roads here and there much better now than then even
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