Perth-Karijini

Submitted: Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 at 10:15
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Hi all,

We are travelling to Karijini in April from Perth through Cue, Meekathara and Newman.
We would like to free camp if possible and break the trip up over 3 days. Any suggestions on where would be suitable. Lake Nallan north of Cue looks Ok.

Cheers in advance

Mick
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Reply By: auzinomad - Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 at 11:57

Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 at 11:57
Niagra Dam is another good place


Ron
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Follow Up By: mick - Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 at 14:48

Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 at 14:48
Thanks Ron, looks like a great place but no where near where we are going. Maybe for another day.

Mick
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Reply By: Member - evaredy - Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 at 16:06

Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 at 16:06
Grab a copy of Camps 7, it may come in very handy.
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Reply By: Rainman WA - Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 at 17:32

Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 at 17:32
If there's water there, Bilyuin Pool just north of Meekatharra isn't a bad spot but it can be long first day. If its dry it can be a dust bowl.


With water

Without water
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Follow Up By: mick - Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 at 18:23

Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 at 18:23
Hi Rainman,

How far north of Meeka is it and how far off the main road? Would the track be ok for on road van?

Mick
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Follow Up By: Rainman WA - Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 at 22:42

Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 at 22:42
Its about 80kms north of Meekatharra. I think if you take it easy you should be able to get an on road van in there without any problems, but others may have more experience in that regard.

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Reply By: landseka - Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 at 17:41

Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 at 17:41
If you have a Smart Phone or ipad get the app of Wikicamps. $2.99 from memory, far better value than the camp books as there are user reviews of sites, photos sometimes and you can use tit to navigate to a chosen site.
Along with Satellite finder etc it is a must for a traveller.
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Follow Up By: DiscoTourer - Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 at 19:47

Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 at 19:47
X2.....an excellent travelling companion....and right up to date.

Brett...
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 at 14:36

Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 at 14:36
Another for Wikicamps.

Also get the Campin app, a useful tool used with W'camps.

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Follow Up By: Mark T6 - Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 at 15:23

Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 at 15:23
I spent $50 on Camps 7 and $3.00 on Wikicamps......wish I'd known about Wikicamps first and saved $47!!
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Reply By: Member - evaredy - Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 12:59

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 12:59
x3 on WikiCamps, I forgot to mention that in my earlier post.

Depending on what route you take, between here and Wubin and My Magnet, travelling along Great Northern HW, there are a few spots you could stop at that are suitable for a van.
You could research them, either on the net or using WikiCamps.

Jibberding Rock.

GPS: 30° 00´ 17 S, 116° 49´ 25 E

The turn off is 22.5k's north of Wubin. A wildlife sanctuary is on the western side of the highway and Jibberding Rock is on the eastern side.
When approaching from Wubin, the track immediately north of the rabbit proof fence road leads into the bush on the right. If you miss this one, a couple of other tracks lead into the area a little further north.

Pets are allowed here.

Facilities: Shade and variable quality dam water.


White Wells Rest Area.

GPS: 29° 50´ 06 S, 116° 56´ 42 E

The turn off is 46k's north of Wubin. It's on the western side of the highway and is signposted as a parking bay.

Pets are allowed here.

Facilities: Tables and seats, fire places, bins , shade and seasonal water.


My Gibson Rest Area.

The turn off is 84k's north of Wubin. It's on the eastern side of the road and is sign posted as a rest area, with no trucks allowed.Follow the road in for 1k and the rest area is on the western side of this road. The turn off is very easy to see if heading north, as the sealed road curves around to the left and the unsealed access road to the rest area can be seen heading straight on from the bend.

Paynes Find Campsite.

GPS: 29° 09´ 55 S, 117° 42´ 20 E

The turn off is 12k's from Paynes Find. From Paynes Find, travelling north, it's roughly 11k's before turning into the track on the western side of the road, just over the crest of a hill. Followo the track in about 400m and pick your spot.

Pets are allowed here.

Facilities: Some shade.


The Granites.

GPS: 28° 00´ 24 S, 117° 51´ 20 E

The turn off is about 6k's north of Mount Magnet. Turn east and follow the sign posted loop road in the Granites. If you overshoot the turn off, there is another one a 1 or 2 k further along the road, follow the track in and pick your spot.

Pets are allowed.

Facilities: Tables and seats, bins and some shade.

I hope this is helpful.

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Follow Up By: mick - Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 15:04

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 15:04
Thanks for the detailed info, I'll check out wikicamps
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Follow Up By: Member - Rowdy6032 (WA) - Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 17:52

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 17:52
Hi

Not sure how recent the above information is and things may have changed since I was up that way .

The Mt Gibson rest area on the eastern side was closed some time ago due to mining. There is another 24hr rest area on the western side but it is pretty ordinary and best avoided.

The Granites I believe is closed to camping but some people still pull in there. Day use only.

Jibberding is good. White Wells a bit too close to the road for my liking. Paynes Find Campsite a good site but can be a bit noisy with those big trucks going past. 25 Mile Well 41km N Meekatharra isn't too bad as long as you get well back from the road to avoid the noise. Bilyuin is good, should be ok for an onroad van. Gascoyne River (Middle Branch) is good, go down the back. Doolgunna, PAWL, good but fee. Good facilities.

Regards
Rowdy
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 at 00:54

Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 at 00:54
Yes, The Granites has been day use only for many years; as it was when we visiting in 2003. Some publications may still have it listed - the frailty of relying on a publication.

Much of the area around Lake Nallan has been closed to campers, but one section is still open and if there is plenty of water it is a lovely spot.

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Follow Up By: 641 - Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 at 11:52

Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 at 11:52
I would say this year there will be plenty of water in most of the pools up that way due to flooding rains just received. Lake Nallen would still have water. Nice spot.
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Reply By: Cheeky1 - Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 at 13:18

Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 at 13:18
We like to stay at Kirkalocka Station between Paynes Find and Mount Magnet.
It's not free, but it's not expensive either.
Very basis facilities, but that's the appeal for me.
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