Holland Track

Gidday all,
Does anybody have any info on the current condition of the Holland Track?
Several of us are planning a trip, hopefully Easter, and would love to know what we are in for before we get there.
Cheers
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Reply By: Member - Munji - Thursday, Mar 12, 2015 at 17:32

Thursday, Mar 12, 2015 at 17:32
Glen M9

Not aware of current road conditions however I did the holland track last Easter.
There was a few deep rutted sections so be aware.
One of the issues we had was that there were numerous groups operating on different UHF channels so it was difficult to call up other vehicles, particularly those approaching in opposite direction.
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Reply By: rocco2010 - Thursday, Mar 12, 2015 at 18:50

Thursday, Mar 12, 2015 at 18:50
Hi Glen

It's a few years since I was there but I don't imagine it changes much. There are good bits, sandy bits, rocky bits, lots of heavily rutted bits (with bypasses around them), narrow bits and it does twist and turn a lot.

The big issue is rain. The Holland is a place best avoided after rain unless you really like Mud.

And anything can happen with rain at this time of year. There is a big rain event forecast for the south of WA this weekend as you probably know. Whether it goes that far east we wait and see.

I think with the Holland it is always good to have plan b. I know somebody who takes tours out there and he has had a terrible run in recent years with rain and fires forcing a change of plan several times

Good luck with it. It is great country out there.


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Reply By: Member - Paul B (WA) - Friday, Mar 13, 2015 at 01:58

Friday, Mar 13, 2015 at 01:58
Been bugger all rain in the Goldfields or adjacent woodlands for months so the track should be alright.

I haven't been on it but I have been on lots of others lately and they've all been good, as long as they're not corrugated. Please engage 4WD as soon as you turn onto the track as that's the best protection against corrugations.

There was a fire on the Hyden - Norseman road a few weeks ago which shouldn't have impacted the Holland track.

Watch the remnants of this cyclone (Olwyn?) that's crossing the coast tonight in case it drops a heap of rain out there.

Have a great trip
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Reply By: stevenz - Monday, Mar 16, 2015 at 19:01

Monday, Mar 16, 2015 at 19:01
I just did the Holland on the weekend finishing the 15th March. The track got very little of the rain from the cyclone. Overall it was in pretty good condition and mostly dry. There were no difficult sections but a few corrugations in the longer sandy stretches. Didn't see any other vehicles all weekend.
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Follow Up By: Glen M9 - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 at 10:15

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 at 10:15
Cheers for the update. What are the rules for open fires at the moment?
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Follow Up By: stevenz - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 at 10:54

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 at 10:54
generally fire restrictions apply until April 30th
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Follow Up By: Glen M9 - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 at 16:37

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 at 16:37
So, no camp fires at the moment?
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Follow Up By: stevenz - Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 at 17:42

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 at 17:42
Fire restrictions don't necessarily mean fire bans. You can usually have a camp fire except on days that are listed as total fire bans. Check on the Fesa website or the local shire will be able to advise. Generally if you use some common sense and ensure the fire is completely out when you leave you should be fine.
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