Short cut from Grt Nth Hwy to Beagle Bay - Dampier Peninsula

Submitted: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 13:59
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Morning/afternoon all I'm chasing either a copy of the mud map of the short cut to Beagle Bay off the Great Northern Hwy or even better a recent PLT file.
If you can assist please email to chunky at q dash net dot net dot au (in my profile I've got the email address in correct format)
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 14:43

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 14:43
A few years old.....
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With permission from HEMA.

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Follow Up By: Life Member - Duncan W (WA) - Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 16:22

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 16:22
Thanks Peter I have that map but I suspect that the track these days is anything but what is represented by HEMA.

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Reply By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 14:49

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 14:49
Have you checked to see if its shown in EOTopo online??
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Follow Up By: Life Member - Duncan W (WA) - Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 16:26

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 16:26
Thanks Michelle I hadn't given that option a consideration. The EOTopo online map is more detailed than the HEMA map so a little win there.

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Reply By: Snatchem & Shackle - Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 18:19

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 18:19
Think I can help you with this one Duncan W.
12 months ago,the bride and I, wandered down this "shortcut" in my BT50 4X4 and light camper trailer.(950kgs) from the Northern Highway end.
Easy driving until the road turns left towards the Cape Leveque Road - and then the fun starts.
Road is no wider than "mirror to mirror"
Sand was diabolical for about 10 kilometres in one stretch.
A trip that should have taken say 3 hours took about 7.
When the locals heard we had taken that road they thought we were mad !
Good luck if you tackle it!
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Follow Up By: Life Member - Duncan W (WA) - Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 19:35

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 19:35
Thanks Snatchem, I think I'll ask the question closer to our departure date as things may have changed. Sounds to me like a long cut not a short cut based on your experience.

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Follow Up By: equinox - Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 19:49

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 19:49
Long cut / short cut Dunc?

Make sure you let us know how you did :-)

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Reply By: tony_j - Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 05:51

Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 05:51
We did this track last July (2015), an 80 series and a 79 series, from Beagle Bay to the highway. I must say that we found the track quite good! Sure it was a little narrow in places but not enough to scratch our mirrors.
There had been and was some fires in the north west section, we stopped and talk to the local fire unit boys for a bit.
I can't remember any large areas of really soft sand. When we turned south to the highway the track did widen quite a bit and was graded.
It was a pleasant change from the traffic and corrugations of the usual route.
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Follow Up By: Life Member - Duncan W (WA) - Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 10:42

Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 10:42
Thanks Tony. From what I've noticed over time is that difficulty is a matter of perception and what you may have done in the past, and of course the conditions on the day.

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Reply By: 2517. - Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 09:45

Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 09:45
Same as Tony you will have no problems,we were there 18 months ago.
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Reply By: Member - 8111COLIN - Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 21:35

Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 21:35
Hi Dunc

We did this trip 78 series Troopy with Camper trailer, the track was a bit closed in but nothing that bad , only a few light scratches that polished out .
the track its self was all good all of the way , no trouble at all .
better than the Cape L road
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Follow Up By: Life Member - Duncan W (WA) - Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 22:22

Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 22:22
Hi Colin the info regarding the track condition is appreciated. Well used to having to drive non-existent tracks and very close tracks as the pin stripping on the side of my Troopy lays testament too.

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