Carnarvon to Gascoyne Juntion road WA

Submitted: Saturday, Sep 19, 2015 at 20:56
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Good evening all, has anybody travelled on this road recently? I have Prado with small caravan - not off road and believe there is an unsealed section. Heading for Kennedy Ranges.
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Reply By: Member - Howard P (WA) - Saturday, Sep 19, 2015 at 21:23

Saturday, Sep 19, 2015 at 21:23
Hi Kevin
Between Carnarvon and the Junction it's all sealed, Junction to the Kennedy Ranges is a decent gravel road. Have seen on road vans there on a previous trip out that way, dust entry into the van could be a bit of a problem for you though, but that's about all.
Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Kevin S12 - Saturday, Sep 19, 2015 at 22:22

Saturday, Sep 19, 2015 at 22:22
ThAnks Howard, that's what I wanted to hear. Any chance you know something about Kennedys to Mt Augustus. Just concerned about my van.....not sure I have right rig
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Follow Up By: Member - Howard P (WA) - Saturday, Sep 19, 2015 at 23:05

Saturday, Sep 19, 2015 at 23:05
No worries Kevin,
I haven't travelled from the Kennedys through to Mt Augustus, but did travel up to Mt Augustus several years ago via Murchison and then headed west from Mt Augustus to the Northern HWY. These are all gravel roads and fairly isolated. Two of our friends towed old Jayco on road pop top vans without too much difficulty - except for severe dust entry into the vans. Good LT tires, stone guards and protection for the rear window of the tow vehicle are a must for this road and distance. Also my mate had his annex poles in a poly tube attached to the 'A' frame of his Jayco - rocks thrown up from the Prado smashed the poly and he lost all of his poles! The trip can be done, just need to take it easy and drive to conditions.
P.S - what sort of set up do you have?
Cheers
Howard
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Follow Up By: Member - Kevin S12 - Sunday, Sep 20, 2015 at 09:56

Sunday, Sep 20, 2015 at 09:56
Many thanks for your comments Howard. My only concern is the leaf spring independent wishbone suspension on the Coromel 402. The types barely clear the wheel arches. Just something I'm going to have to keep an eye one. If I remember I'll post a blog on what it was like, road and van. Cheers
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Reply By: Member - evaredy - Sunday, Sep 20, 2015 at 12:45

Sunday, Sep 20, 2015 at 12:45
We have just done the KSMR from Carnarvon, Mt Augustus to Meekatharra two weeks ago.

The roads are pretty good, but as others have stated dust and stone damage is a real concern. Just be careful of the washouts at creek crossings, some of them are a bit rough.
We did it with an off road camper but driving to the conditions with a small van should not be a problem.
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Follow Up By: Member - evaredy - Sunday, Sep 20, 2015 at 12:47

Sunday, Sep 20, 2015 at 12:47
Forgot to add, that there are some small sections of corrugations, but all in all not to bad.
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Reply By: 08crd - Monday, Sep 21, 2015 at 21:44

Monday, Sep 21, 2015 at 21:44
As everyone has said, the roads are well formed and maintained gravel roads, not tracks.

It is a popular route and well used. However I wouldn't deviate onto shortcuts and side tracks, unless you are well prepared.

It is a remote and sparsely populated area, if you are off the main route, traffic will be scarce.
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