Mt Augustus to Meekatharra

Submitted: Friday, Oct 10, 2014 at 15:04
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Hello Everyone,
We are in the planing stages of a trip to WA next year during which we wish to visit Mt Augustus. We will arrive via the western side using the Cobra Dairy Creek Road. After Mt Augustus we wish to travel generally southeast via Meekatharra. What are the practicalities of travelling on what seems to be minor station roads to Meekatharra? We will be towing a 20' genuine "offroad" van built to handle most remote conditions.
Cheers,
Al-one
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Reply By: Member-George (WA) - Friday, Oct 10, 2014 at 15:13

Friday, Oct 10, 2014 at 15:13
You will have no problem with an OFF ROAD van. I have done this many times with a semi off road caravan 22'. Depending on time of year, the tracks could be closed after rain.
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Reply By: rocco2010 - Friday, Oct 10, 2014 at 15:14

Friday, Oct 10, 2014 at 15:14
Gidday Al

Roads to Mt Augustus are pretty good gravel outback roads so you should not have any problems.

only issue is if it rains then the roads may be closed for a period.

sounds like a good trip. The gascoyne region is great country.

Cheers
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Reply By: Ron N - Friday, Oct 10, 2014 at 15:31

Friday, Oct 10, 2014 at 15:31
Al-one - Mate and I did Meekatharra - Peak Hill - Mt Augustus - Landor - Dairy Creek - Carnarvon in July 1969 - in a 2WD, HK Holden ute, loaded to the gunwhales with 800kgs of fuel, water, camping equipment, spares, and tools - and we didn't even come across anything worse than a country gravel road!

That's lovely country, and unfortunately, I've never done that route since - but we're looking at a 50th anniversary run in 2019 - if we still have all our marbles, and they haven't taken our licences off us! LOL
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Reply By: Member - Duncan W (WA) - Friday, Oct 10, 2014 at 15:31

Friday, Oct 10, 2014 at 15:31
Was in that area a fortnight ago with Australasia Safari and the roads were fantastic.
Mind you we didn't venture any further east than the Waldburg Rd.

Great country enjoy the drive and the scenery.

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Reply By: get outmore - Friday, Oct 10, 2014 at 17:02

Friday, Oct 10, 2014 at 17:02
roads in that area are usually fantastic as good or better than bitumen
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Reply By: Al-one - Friday, Oct 10, 2014 at 20:14

Friday, Oct 10, 2014 at 20:14
Thanks everyone for your help. Much appreciated.
Cheers,
Al-one
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Follow Up By: AlanTH - Sunday, Oct 12, 2014 at 11:38

Sunday, Oct 12, 2014 at 11:38
We did it a few years back the opposite way to that you're planning. Good roads and we camped over night at Landor race track. Really quiet and peaceful apart from one visit from noisy cattle.
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Reply By: Member Kerry W (WA) - Sunday, Oct 12, 2014 at 23:30

Sunday, Oct 12, 2014 at 23:30
Drove the Road from Meekatharra to Mt Augustus last month and it was in great condition. (If you are thinking of climbing Mt Augustus start early in the day - it gets warm!).
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Follow Up By: Geoff N (NSW) - Tuesday, Oct 14, 2014 at 22:39

Tuesday, Oct 14, 2014 at 22:39
Just fyi, there's mobile coverage at the top of Mt Augustus.
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Reply By: Tim HJ61 (WA) - Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 at 10:01

Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 at 10:01
These aren't minor station roads, they are properly formed connecting roads for the region. Dairy Creek is smaller than the Meekatharra to Mt Augustus road, but they are not two wheel tracks. Even if they were station tracks, I'd expect your vehicle to be able to easily manage them. Station tracks are often pleasant travelling, tho a bit slow at times.

If you poke around the area with Google maps, you'll find some of the roads have been photographed with Street View - no need to travel there at all. :-)

If you're after a quiet place to stay, try Jim who is at Cobra Station and the historic Bangemall Inn which you will pass on the Dairy Creek road on the way to Mt Augustus. Nothing luxurious there, or at Mt Augustus, but a decent chap.

Tim



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