Supplies after GCR

Submitted: Sunday, Jul 10, 2016 at 14:46
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We plan to travel the GCR and then on to Mt Augustus. As fresh fruit and veges are high on our priorities where can we restock after the quarantine station east of Laverton?

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Reply By: Member - Errol (York WA) - Sunday, Jul 10, 2016 at 20:56

Sunday, Jul 10, 2016 at 20:56
What Quarantine station? Been a few years since we travelled that road and there wasn't one there then. Is there one now? Last year when we came over the Nullaboring plane, we were told to peal root veges and that was ok. Errol
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Follow Up By: rocco2010 - Sunday, Jul 10, 2016 at 21:23

Sunday, Jul 10, 2016 at 21:23
Good point. A few years ago there was a bin and a sign east of Laverton. I guess they hope people will do the right thing.

Last year coming through Eucla the guy was having a bad day I think and when I Asked him to be careful how he was handling the lid if the engel (he was trying to break it) I thought I was going to end up with a full body search.

That said I fully support the quarantine measures and good on you Min for wanting to do the right thing.

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Reply By: rocco2010 - Sunday, Jul 10, 2016 at 21:33

Sunday, Jul 10, 2016 at 21:33
To answer the question, based on last time I was there Laverton would not be a place to shop.

Leonora is a reasonable sized town so probably has a half decent supermarket and after that it depends which way you are heading.

Likewise Towns like Mt Magnet and Meekatharra but with fruit and veg it always depends on when they had their last delivery when it comes to freshness and quality

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Reply By: Motherhen - Sunday, Jul 10, 2016 at 22:01

Sunday, Jul 10, 2016 at 22:01
There is a sign and a bin somewhere near Laverton and random inspections can be encountered. Thank you John and Min for your consideration and planning.

We have not shopped in Laverton but but have stocked up in Leonora and found the supermarket satisfactory. I noticed on leaving the store a sign that they offer a discount to Senior Card holders - darn, I missed out on that. It is not far between the two towns. All towns and communities have stocks to meet the needs of locals, so you do not need to go without once you reach "civilisation".

Apart from salads, there are plenty of alternatives with cooked, dried or canned fruit and vegetables to maintain a healthy diet when travelling in the outback. These all pass quarantine.

Note you also cannot bring honey into Western Australia.



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Reply By: ChrisVal7 - Monday, Jul 11, 2016 at 11:57

Monday, Jul 11, 2016 at 11:57
As Motherhen notes, Leonora has a good supermarket. When we were there last year they even had fresh bread daily, made on the premises.
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Reply By: Member - MARIC - Monday, Jul 11, 2016 at 15:16

Monday, Jul 11, 2016 at 15:16
Just as a bi-note the road from Meekatharra to Mt Augustus has bee closes since last week and road to Paraburdo also closed
We are at Sandstone waiting for the Sandstone to Meeka to open, the short cut saves about 160ks
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Follow Up By: Ron N - Wednesday, Jul 13, 2016 at 10:44

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2016 at 10:44
Over the last week, there's been a lot of heavy unseasonal rain right through the Pilbara, from Pt Hedland down to Carnarvon, and out through Paraburdoo to Meekatharra and the Northern Goldfields of W.A.

BIL has been piloting oversize over the NW in recent weeks - spoke to him Tuesday morning when he was heading South from Pt Hedland to Meekatharra, and he said the rain was so heavy, they couldn't see the road, even at 70kmh.

Cheers, Ron.
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Reply By: Member - Min (NSW) - Wednesday, Jul 13, 2016 at 20:59

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2016 at 20:59
Oh dear!! We planned to go down the GCR then head north from Sandstone to Meeka and on to Mt Augustus. Not leaving home (near ACT) until 19 Aug but who knows what this crazy weather will be doing between now and then and what condition roads will be in.

Where would we be without EO forum?

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Follow Up By: Zippo - Sunday, Jul 17, 2016 at 17:24

Sunday, Jul 17, 2016 at 17:24
As long as you are prepared to sit and wait, all roads open eventually ....
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Reply By: Motherhen - Wednesday, Jul 13, 2016 at 21:55

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2016 at 21:55
For those not yet in the area, you can follow these Road Condition reports.

Meekathara Road Conditions

Upper Gascoyne Road Condtions

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