Mt Augustus taking caravan

Submitted: Saturday, Jul 05, 2014 at 11:24
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Anyone done the trip to Mt Augustus taking a caravan that is not primarily an off roader. Ours is Concept and wondering if the roads are ok for this type of van.
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Reply By: Motherhen - Saturday, Jul 05, 2014 at 11:49

Saturday, Jul 05, 2014 at 11:49
Which direction to you plan to travel from Shirl?

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Follow Up By: ShirlT - Saturday, Jul 05, 2014 at 15:52

Saturday, Jul 05, 2014 at 15:52
Thinking we'd like to go from Meekatharra but either way depending on roads, what do you suggest? Thanks for your interest.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Saturday, Jul 05, 2014 at 16:11

Saturday, Jul 05, 2014 at 16:11
Although I recall a recent thread on the various options, I cannot find it. Some else may help. These roads are maintained and usually in fairly good condition, but some can be stony, particularly the section between Mount Augustus and Landor. Roads are subject to closure after rain.

In the meanwhile, you can check with the Shire at Meekatharra on 08 99800600 and Shire of Upper Gascoyne on 08 99430988 for local information about conditions and closures.

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Follow Up By: AlanTH - Saturday, Jul 05, 2014 at 18:20

Saturday, Jul 05, 2014 at 18:20
We did it with our small van 3 or 4 years ago from Meekathara with no problems. Stayed overnight at Landor racecourse (we were the only ones there) then Kennedy Ranges.
Good run and the roads were in fair condition. Have to add that the camp site c/park at Mt Augustus was disgraceful but I believe new people have improved it.
Enjoy your trip.
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Follow Up By: rocco2010 - Saturday, Jul 05, 2014 at 18:50

Saturday, Jul 05, 2014 at 18:50
Alan

Yes Mt Augustus is ok now. They dropped 'resort' from the name too.

And in case anyone is interested, diesel was $2 a litre. And that is information, not a complaint.

Cheers

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Reply By: rocco2010 - Saturday, Jul 05, 2014 at 16:43

Saturday, Jul 05, 2014 at 16:43
Gidday

I am no caravanner but was out that way in May, travelling across from great Northern Highway at Three Rivers and then south via Kennedy Range and Gascoyne Junction.

As pointed out above, these are maintained shire roads so are in pretty good nick. There had been a fair bit of rain in the region in the previous week so there were a few wet spots on the roads though nothing that required more than a little care. The route via Kennedy Range was probably better.

Good luck getting there. It is great country and certainly worth the effort.

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Reply By: Member-Heather MG NSW - Saturday, Jul 05, 2014 at 16:48

Saturday, Jul 05, 2014 at 16:48
Hi Shirl,

We did it last year with our Jayco StarCraft outback caravan, from Gascoyne Junction and via Dairy creek and Cobra Station. Many of the creeks were flowing so we had lots of water crossings as it had rained heavily and the roads only reopened to 4WD's the day we left. It was an interesting drive and not fast, with some slippery places, some rough and with wash outs. We reduced tyre pressure all round and went as slowly as we had to, with the Pajero in 4WD high.
We have a stone stomper to prevent damage to the rear of the tow vehicle and front of the van and we have found this one of the best investments we have made for the dirt roads we like to travel on.

When we left about 5 days later, we took a series of roads through to the North West and came back out at the Highway south of Carnarvon near a roadhouse. We bush camped off the road overnight on our way which was fantastic as it was one of the few places where were totally alone.

I have a copy of Tracks and roads of WA and used that to ensure we were on the correct tracks.

As MH stated, roads close very quickly after rain so if it happens while you are on one of them you may need to pull over and wait until it dries out.
We saw very little traffic and no other vans on either road.

it was one of the highlights of our trip in WA.

regards,
Heather

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Reply By: Member - Ups and Downs - Sunday, Jul 06, 2014 at 09:02

Sunday, Jul 06, 2014 at 09:02
One tip is to slow down, especially going through the many 'dips' in the road.

We did 2 tyres before waking up as to what was causing it. Very sharp pointy stones, like an arrow head, went straight through the tread.

Have a good trip.

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Follow Up By: ShirlT - Sunday, Jul 06, 2014 at 09:31

Sunday, Jul 06, 2014 at 09:31
Thanks for all the info caravan family, this is a great forum .
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Reply By: yorkie2 - Monday, Jul 07, 2014 at 00:37

Monday, Jul 07, 2014 at 00:37
We just did Murchison, Landor, Mt Augustus, roads ok but watch the dips and floodways, some are quite steep. Should be ok as commodores were using the road, just drive to the conditions.
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