Info cape arid to balladonia

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Hi all,
Was wondering how long in distance and also travel time from Cape Arid area to Balladonia.. Just trying to sort out fuel stop, and where to park for the night on the way home... West to east.. Thanks all. Odog
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Reply By: The Explorer - Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 at 17:29

Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 at 17:29
Hello

Its about 180km.

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Follow Up By: Member - Odog - Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 at 17:35

Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 at 17:35
Thanks Greg
Any idea on travel time? Just trying to get an idea on what distance we will be comfortable to travel, have booked a camp at Yalta, on the way home, trying to time it with a powered site some where in between.. Cheers. Odog
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 at 18:20

Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 at 18:20
Hi

Sorry ..never done the whole lot. I think its been raining out that way a bit lately...I suspect someone else with some recent first hand knowledge will answer shortly.

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Reply By: get outmore - Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 at 19:20

Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 at 19:20
quite rough down the south end alot of limestone cap rock from memory

20kph stuff

but theres lots to see along the way including a climb of mt ragged , a detour out to on old homestead etc

you would normally allow most of the day for the trip
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Follow Up By: Member - Odog - Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 at 19:39

Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 at 19:39
Thanks get outmore,
We might have to make a day out of it by the sounds of it. See if we can stay at balladonia for the night.. Cheers. Odog
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 at 19:48

Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 at 19:48
I agree with Dave's comments, it's a good drive, take your time and enjoy it.
Mt Ragged is quite spectacular and on my list to climb next time I'm traveling the area.

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Follow Up By: get outmore - Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 at 19:50

Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 at 19:50
this is an old report from about 2004 from memory

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http://forums.overlander.com.au/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=48220
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Reply By: Member - Barry H (WA) - Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 at 19:26

Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 at 19:26
Hi Odog,


Yes it has been raining off and on in that area for the last few weeks, so I am guessing that the track could be difficult in some areas, and impassable in others, depending on how heavy the rain has been.

The track is narrow and overgrown in some areas, so expect a few war wounds (scratches) it is also a bit corrugated in a few places but not too bad when we travelled it in November 2013.

As they say drive to the conditions, but the rain maybe a factor.

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Follow Up By: Member - Odog - Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 at 19:41

Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 at 19:41
Thanks for the reply Barry
We will keep an eye on the weather, and have a chat to the rangers on departure, make a decision then I guess. Cheers Odog
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Reply By: Member - John Baas (WA) - Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 at 21:26

Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 at 21:26
Hi Odog.

It was closed two weeks ago when we were heading east; on our return via Balladonia the previous Sunday, it was open to 4WD's under 3T.

However, see attached pic; it looks like a big dump is moving south again...only two and a half weeks after the last deluge...



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Reply By: Member - Noldi (WA) - Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 11:22

Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 11:22
Great trip slow in parts, Mt Ragged good stop also the ruins at balbinya good for an overnight stop only 12k off the main track
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Follow Up By: Member - Noldi (WA) - Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 11:24

Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 11:24
Come to think of it thats where my avtar pic was taken, musch better then Balladonia
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