North Pool accessible in an AWD?

Submitted: Tuesday, Apr 05, 2016 at 08:23
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Hi, me and a couple of mates are thinking of heading to North Pool near Wiluna for a couple of nights this weekend. We'll have a Hilux, GQ Patrol and a Kia Sportage AWD. Can anyone tell me if the Kia will get there ok? I've been told it's just a gravel road from Wiluna out to there but just want to make sure before committing to anything. Cheers
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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Tuesday, Apr 05, 2016 at 08:32

Tuesday, Apr 05, 2016 at 08:32
Does the centre diff/coupling lock up when you need 4WD. If so it doubles up as a 4WD. The Range Rovers have operated that way since the early 80s.
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Follow Up By: Scott GQ - Tuesday, Apr 05, 2016 at 08:58

Tuesday, Apr 05, 2016 at 08:58
Nah this is permanent AWD so not sure on the technicalities of how they work, but it definitely doesn't have a 4WD option
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Reply By: Phil B (WA) - Tuesday, Apr 05, 2016 at 09:22

Tuesday, Apr 05, 2016 at 09:22
Its a doddle - you wont have any problems unless of course there has been heavy rain then everything changes.


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Follow Up By: Scott GQ - Tuesday, Apr 05, 2016 at 09:38

Tuesday, Apr 05, 2016 at 09:38
Thanks Phil. I'm in Leinster, we've had rain here recently but pretty warm and dry for nearly 2 weeks now so he should be ok. He's more concerned about his lack of clearance, I'm more concerned about having to pull him out of a bog every 500m!
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Reply By: Phil B (WA) - Tuesday, Apr 05, 2016 at 09:46

Tuesday, Apr 05, 2016 at 09:46
North Pool is only about 20 kms from Wiluna and about 10 kms from the Wiluna to Neds Creek Road. Clearance may be an issue but for the short distance involved I don't think its a problem.

What may be of concern is the rubbish left by previous visitors - the condition of the place varies.

If you find the site unpalatable why not consider following the old Wiluna to Meeka rail line formation, plenty of places to camp along that (no water of course) but a ripper drive.


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Follow Up By: Scott GQ - Tuesday, Apr 05, 2016 at 09:55

Tuesday, Apr 05, 2016 at 09:55
We were originally heading to Niagara Dam near Menzies but thought we might try something different
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Follow Up By: mike39 - Tuesday, Apr 05, 2016 at 10:25

Tuesday, Apr 05, 2016 at 10:25
We have visited North Pool and the rubbish left behind was disgraceful.
Niagara dam is a paradise by comparison and plenty of decent sized yabbies to be caught.
Kookyne pub not too far away for a good cold beer also.
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Follow Up By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Tuesday, Apr 05, 2016 at 11:15

Tuesday, Apr 05, 2016 at 11:15
Scott we had a Kia Sportage - its a good little car and will do the drive into North Pool no worries. Just a slightly soft section (by memory) near the end but nothing the Kia can't handle. Clearance no issue either from memory all just standard dirt track. I agree with Phil B however - the site whilst absolutely beautiful in its natural glory is a favourite hang out for the local youth and it can be rather shockingly unpleasant - even for a lunch stop so you may find its not as ideal for a couple of nights camp. Niagara Dam however at Menzies is absolutely brilliant! We stumbled across it about a decade ago and was surprised how underrated it was - a definite great spot for a few days camp if you haven't been there yet I'd choose there. The whole area around there is great and we found the people in the small towns along the way so open & friendly. We have some trek notes on the site with great POIs.
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Follow Up By: Scott GQ - Tuesday, Apr 05, 2016 at 13:53

Tuesday, Apr 05, 2016 at 13:53
Thanks Michelle. I went to Niagara Dam about 18 months ago and I agree, its a great place. I'll have a chat to the guys I'm going with and send them the link to this thread so they can form their own opinion. I have always wanted to see North Pool because the photos that pop up in google searches look pretty good, just might need to take a few extra rubbish bins....
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Follow Up By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Tuesday, Apr 05, 2016 at 14:06

Tuesday, Apr 05, 2016 at 14:06
Scott, just reading your notes above again, I need to clarify that our Sportage did have 4WD... (2007 model?? 2.7L) and was actually quite capable in soft sand being light weight. I had forgotten that they also do an AWD version and I cannot comment on that. Sorry!
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Follow Up By: Members Pa & Ma. - Wednesday, Apr 06, 2016 at 11:30

Wednesday, Apr 06, 2016 at 11:30
Hi Scott,
We had a 4x4 so can't really help there other than to say that the road into the waterhole was good about 10 yrs ago.!
We went to North Pool when the waterhole was full,it was beautiful but we didn't camp overnight.
We were also there when the waterhole was just a puddle. not quite so pretty.
It can be very petty especially when it has a good amount of water but the rubbish, as said before,is dreadful at times. It includes disposable nappies & unburied adult feacies which the flies just love.
The local youth also like to camp & hoon there.
Take care, safe travels. Ma.
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Reply By: Scott GQ - Wednesday, Apr 06, 2016 at 13:07

Wednesday, Apr 06, 2016 at 13:07
Can anyone tell me if there is much available firewood in the area? Or would I be better collecting before we go? There's heaps here around Leinster. Would just like to save a bit of weight on the drive if I can. Old Patrol's do get pretty thirsty
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Reply By: Member - pete g1 - Wednesday, Apr 06, 2016 at 17:39

Wednesday, Apr 06, 2016 at 17:39
apologies but....

aaaahhhh Leinster & surrounds...

God's own country u lucky bloke !!! enjoy.

lived their for 2 yrs in 78-79 prior to mining boom..unspoilt terrain where-ever you went

had one of those uniquely optioned, "go anywhere" 161ci, 3 speed HT Holden wagons, pure magic !

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Reply By: Member - pete g1 - Wednesday, Apr 06, 2016 at 17:48

Wednesday, Apr 06, 2016 at 17:48
back again,
Scott, actually be interested to hear how the KIA performed, post your trip.
I have a 2014 AWD auto diesel Sportage, untested in outback combat ..
It's mean to be SWMBO's townie transport but an outback trip with a small lightweight camper trailer could be future option.

enjoy the weekend !!!!

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Follow Up By: Scott GQ - Wednesday, Apr 06, 2016 at 19:31

Wednesday, Apr 06, 2016 at 19:31
Yeah I'll let you know how it goes. There is a very small amount of rain forecast around the area but he should be ok. Not sure if you'd know it from the time you were here, but he followed me out to Weebo Gorge in his Kia which is about 40kms out of town along a dirt track (no water at the time though)
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Reply By: Member - pete g1 - Friday, Apr 15, 2016 at 07:45

Friday, Apr 15, 2016 at 07:45
Gidday Scott,
So how did the KIA perform ??

very interested to know it's capabilities

cheers
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Follow Up By: Scott GQ - Saturday, Apr 16, 2016 at 01:37

Saturday, Apr 16, 2016 at 01:37
It did better than my patrol! Till I decided to lock the hubs in. There was a few wet sections of track which were pretty slippery, but the Kia cruised through them no worries. I stayed in 2wd for most of it, and got a bit of minor tyre spin here and there. It was the last little bend where we were worried, so I put the GQ into 4wd and just got him to follow my tyre tracks and he struggled but got through. Had a set of treds and recovery gear if needed but they stayed clean. Will do a write up on the trip next week, I'm on nightshift at the moment but the computers at work block photobucket and I've got some good pics to share so will do it when I get a free half hour at home
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