Lake King Norseman Rd

Submitted: Monday, Oct 12, 2015 at 19:02
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Hi,

Anybody traveled this road in recent times?
Interested to know its condition and if it would be quicker travelling to Norseman then heading up to Hyden and across from there.
Leaving from Beaufort River, Woodanilling.

Cheers,
LVM
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Reply By: Rob J8 - Monday, Oct 12, 2015 at 20:14

Monday, Oct 12, 2015 at 20:14
I would ring the Lake King Tavern. I'm sure someone there would be able to tell you the condition of the road.
The coppers at Norseman would have an idea as well
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Reply By: Member - tommo05 - Monday, Oct 12, 2015 at 21:46

Monday, Oct 12, 2015 at 21:46
Haven't been on it recently, but the road is usually in pretty good nick. I think from Beaufort River it is probably much of a muchness with the Hyden route, however to be honest I suspect it would be quicker to stick to the black stuff via Ravensthorpe and Esperance.

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Reply By: Member - MARIC - Tuesday, Oct 13, 2015 at 00:07

Tuesday, Oct 13, 2015 at 00:07
Travelled on it a while ago in mid winter to discover the road was closed west of 90 mile tank due to water across road, had to keep going. We were driving a VW TOUAREG towing Princeton xc 6.53 van
Was impossible to do a U turn. Averaging around 80kph, a few pot holes and heaps of wildflowers
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Reply By: Ron N - Tuesday, Oct 13, 2015 at 02:39

Tuesday, Oct 13, 2015 at 02:39
LVM - The road is just an average dirt road, and it has patches that are potholed and other patches that are quite sandy.
Most of the road is in quite acceptable condition - taking it does mean quite a few less kms when travelling from the SW to Norseman.
It won't have any water across it now, in fact the area has received less Winter rain than normal, overall for the year.
Call Main Roads WA for a "road condition" report for the section from Lake King to Frank Hann National Park/90 mile tanks (this section is under MRWA control).
The section East from Frank Hann to the Norseman-Esperance Road is within the Shire of Esperance and under their control, so calling them will probably get you a recent road conditions report.

Cheers, Ron.
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Reply By: D-MaxerWA - Tuesday, Oct 13, 2015 at 15:30

Tuesday, Oct 13, 2015 at 15:30
Drove this road in June. From Lake King to the Esperance Shire border, the road is great. From there to 90 mile tank was the worst corrugations on the whole road. Down to 10kph through there. The UHF arial broke off when first coming across the corrugations, could not brake to slow down, just had to let the speed wash off.

Apart from that section, I would recommend it. Left some firewood at 90 mile tank, feel free to use it.
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Reply By: Member - Wildmax - Tuesday, Oct 13, 2015 at 21:34

Tuesday, Oct 13, 2015 at 21:34
We did that road earlier this year (May), and had some rain but certainly no problems with the conditions if driven sensibly.
It is well worth taking about a 20km detour into Peak Charles national park - good camping and an interesting but relatively easy climb (at least until the last bit). Good views, clean facilities and we were the only people in the park for 48 hours.
Enjoy !!
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Follow Up By: Mazzy1 - Tuesday, Oct 13, 2015 at 23:35

Tuesday, Oct 13, 2015 at 23:35
Went through the road two days ago had no problems at all a few slower areas but well worth the drive
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Reply By: Member - LVM242 - Wednesday, Oct 14, 2015 at 21:10

Wednesday, Oct 14, 2015 at 21:10
Thanks all for your comments. Greatly appreciated!
See my latest post re this trip.

Cheers,
LVM
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