Holland's Track Coolgardie to Hyden

Any recent travellers on this track care to share their advice?. We're planning that leg in mid July. Thanks. Ross
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Reply By: 1533rl - Friday, Jun 26, 2015 at 20:03

Friday, Jun 26, 2015 at 20:03
Ross, did the track at Easter following the rain in the previous week. Some of the holes are getting quite deep and boggy but most have a bypass now. If you are towing anything it might be a challenge in the wet.
Be aware if there is more than 10mm of rain on any of the days leading up to your trip, all three shires will have roads to the Holland Track closed. Luckily for us the Coolgardie, Kondinin and Dundas shires all re-opened the roads on the Thursday before Easter. It might be worth a phone call to check before you head out.
Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Ross Peterkin (NT) - Sunday, Jun 28, 2015 at 10:55

Sunday, Jun 28, 2015 at 10:55
Thanks for that advice. Certainly we will follow up on the phone calls and check with the tourist information in Coolgardie. Not being familiar with the terrain in that area could you advise if the track is generally just wheel tracks or has it been graded as a road at some time? Are there stretches of sand and sandhills (height?) to traverse. I assume the road from the track turnoff to Hyden is a made road? We thought we may make a late afternoon start from Coolgardie looking for a campsite along the track; any recommendations? Any other advice from one who has done the journey recently is appreciated. Cheers, Ross
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Follow Up By: 1533rl - Sunday, Jun 28, 2015 at 22:35

Sunday, Jun 28, 2015 at 22:35
Ross, the reason most people do it at Easter is that one can do the track over three nights. (from Perth)
Starting from Coolgardie (late avo) you would probably head towards Thursday Rock (good campground). From there maybe head in towards Cat Camp or there abouts and last night at Mt Holland. Loads of other places to pull off and setup camp though.
The Track is a Track in every sense of the word - not a road ! Nothing is of any great height, no steep sandhills or dunes, no soft sand patches, but it does look like it was set out by a drunken cameleer, very twisty and goes around every damn tree on the way. In a lot of places it is difficult to get up any speed as you cannot see around corners ! But then you do want to enjoy the journey. Can get narrow and scratchy in some places. Don't be fooled by the apparent lack of kms it is not a fast track especially if it is wet.!
Southern exit of the track is onto the main Hyden to Norseman Rd, a very well maintained gravel road.
There is a very good guide to the Holland Track, published by Westate Publishers, edited by Nick Underwood, that is probably available from either a newsagency or tourist centre in Kalgoorlie perhaps. Well worth the few dollars to get the info.
Whatever you do though, enjoy the space and solitude.
Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Ross Peterkin (NT) - Monday, Jun 29, 2015 at 12:01

Monday, Jun 29, 2015 at 12:01
Thanks for that advice. I suspect on reading all this that we are being over confident in thinking we can traverse this journey to Hyden with only the one overnight camp, even if conditions are ideal. We may need to re-think this leg. We are travelling from Alice Springs (home) to Sw WA on a somewhat tight schedule and adding an extra day on for Holland's Track may be difficult. One final comment on that would be appreciated and then many thanks for your advice. I've bought the book, hopefully arriving here in the next couple of days. Cheers, Ross
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Follow Up By: B.I.B - Tuesday, Jun 30, 2015 at 21:49

Tuesday, Jun 30, 2015 at 21:49
Ross, we just travelled the Holland Track this weekend gone, as stated there are a few deep holes but most have alternatives. The track is slippery in stages but we had glorious weather with quite cold nights. 7 vehicles in total of all shapes and sizes, we towed our camper behind our Patrol with no issues at all. Conceivably you could do it with one nights stay but would be a lot of travel and not a lot of sightseeing. As a group we left Hyden at 11:00 on Friday morn as most had travelled from Perth, stayed friday night en route on the Track and Saturday night at Victoria Rock campground just out of Coolgardie, then home again on the sunday, with most of the track travelled on the Saturday ... so yes you could. Personally I will do it again a bit more leisurely next time to properly enjoy it all. Hope this helps. Les.
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Follow Up By: Member - Ross Peterkin (NT) - Wednesday, Jul 01, 2015 at 11:07

Wednesday, Jul 01, 2015 at 11:07
Thanks Les. It does help and rather confirms that we are taking on more than we can enjoy in our Holland Track planning. Hopefully some other time. Cheers, Ross
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Wednesday, Jul 01, 2015 at 12:17

Wednesday, Jul 01, 2015 at 12:17
ok if your wanting one nights camp. you could just visit cave hill and take the woodline to burra rocks IMHO
the country around victoria rocks, cave hill and victoria rocks is far more intresting than the rest of the track which mostly traverses yellow sand plains
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