300ks of gravel

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Has anyone very recently travelled between Wave Rock and Norseman its 300k of gravel we have been told the road iis as smooth as and no problem pulling a 21ft van accross I am not sure perhaps its best to wait until we get to Wave Rock and see what the locals say, can always go down via Esperance but would prefer not to. can anyone give us an idea what is best Thanks Ron
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Reply By: Member - Rowdy6032 (WA) - Friday, Mar 28, 2014 at 01:21

Friday, Mar 28, 2014 at 01:21
Hi Ron

If you don't get an answer to your request I see the Shire of Kondinin has an office in Hyden. They should be able to give you the latest info.

Kondinin Office

Address
Gordon Street (PO Box 7) Kondinin WA 6367

P: (08) 9889 1006

F: (08) 9889 1197

Hyden Office

Address
12 McPherson Street (PO Box 4) Hyden WA 6359

P: (08) 9880 5160

F: (08) 9880 5465


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Rowdy
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Reply By: The Explorer - Friday, Mar 28, 2014 at 01:22

Friday, Mar 28, 2014 at 01:22
Hi

Drove from Hyden as far as Lake Johnston turn off a week or two ago with a tandem trailer and it was indeed as smooth as (first 30 or 40 km are bitumen). Cant comment on eastern section but worse case scenario go slower. Watch weather...rain will possibly change the conditions.

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Follow Up By: AlanTH - Friday, Mar 28, 2014 at 10:07

Friday, Mar 28, 2014 at 10:07
We've travelled it in both directions several times and it's always been well maintained. As others have said rain could change it but it is otherwise a good road with decent camping at the Breakaways if you want to stop along there.
Enjoy your trip.
AlanH.

PS. There was death along there about 3 - 4 years ago when traffic was diverted from GE Hwy and the driver tried to sue the authorities for not telling them it was gravel.
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Friday, Mar 28, 2014 at 11:58

Friday, Mar 28, 2014 at 11:58
that was tradgic with the family losing thier daughter.
they were however informed it was a very good gravel road.
which it was and recently inspected.
the case was about them not being informed that dirt roads can be dangerous

sadly while losing a loved one could understandably make you go to extremes there seemed to be little doubt the accident was caused by the wife not having even any basic driving skills besides holding a license
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Follow Up By: AlanTH - Friday, Mar 28, 2014 at 18:38

Friday, Mar 28, 2014 at 18:38
"the accident was caused by the wife not having even any basic driving skills besides holding a license".
It appears there are many drivers on our roads who are exactly the same.
Horrible that their daughter should have died because of such incompetence.
"If in doubt, slow down" was what an old heavy vehicle instructor told me many years ago. Certainly better than charging ahead regardless and hoping things will get better.
AlanH.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bentaxle - Friday, Mar 28, 2014 at 18:52

Friday, Mar 28, 2014 at 18:52
My wife and I travelled that road, towing a camper trailer, in Sept last year, it had been raining all the way from Perth to Hyden and was still raining as we left Hyden for Norseman as the road initially was slippery our speed was no more than 80kmh. Once past Mt Disappointment the rain eased and the road became dryer and our speed reached a maximum of 90kmh with no drama at all. Unfortunately we had an accident 30km from Norseman and were unable to continue our journey. As long as you drive to the conditions you should have no trouble at all.
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Reply By: Motherhen - Friday, Mar 28, 2014 at 15:22

Friday, Mar 28, 2014 at 15:22
As others have said, the road is a well maintained wide unsealed road. It can be closed in very wet weather, but we have had no difficulty towing on it in light rain when other roads had been closed.

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Reply By: Neil & Pauline - Friday, Mar 28, 2014 at 16:53

Friday, Mar 28, 2014 at 16:53
Not sure if same road but the Lake King to Norseman does not get bad as there are no trucks allowed on the road and as soon as it rains it is closed. Alll goes well for a well maintained road.

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Follow Up By: get outmore - Friday, Mar 28, 2014 at 18:58

Friday, Mar 28, 2014 at 18:58
noooooo

lake king norseman total different kettle of fish

leaving lake king its a delight to drive until about 1/2 2/3 of the way and i think it passes into the esperance shire

the sighn saying the shires has been defaced with something about wheres the f ing grader

after that it turns into what is basically an unmaintained track exept road width

deep holes ruts uncapped rock outcrops etc

not saying its dangerous but my speed was around 50kph on it and i still had some considerable bangs and jolts from unexpected rough parts --- and that was in an 80
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Saturday, Mar 29, 2014 at 14:23

Saturday, Mar 29, 2014 at 14:23
Yes - I went into Lake Johnston from the west by the Hyden Road out out east by the Lake King Road a few weeks ago and the Lake King Road is certainly no where near as good (and that was the best end as indicated by GOM). You have to watch very carefully for huge potholes over much of it and hence speed much reduced - if you had a van you would be lucky to get to 50kmh, gets better the closer you get to Lake King. Still passable but will just take you longer.

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Reply By: John E - Friday, Mar 28, 2014 at 22:10

Friday, Mar 28, 2014 at 22:10
Hi , Ron , mid January this year , we took our brand new 26 footer across that road , it was as smooth as could be , and we saw very little traffic , nice places to see along the way , or to camp if you wanted , apart from a very dusty exterior , we had no worries at all the whole way across. cheers Lyn
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Reply By: Ron T5 - Saturday, Mar 29, 2014 at 14:11

Saturday, Mar 29, 2014 at 14:11
A big thank you to you all for your advice it is most helpful, we are not in a hurry and never pull the van even on the best roads over 90klms hr and that seems to be when we get the best petrol consumption. Thanks again and will keep in touch
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