Marble Bar to Lake Auld

Submitted: Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017 at 06:55
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Hi All

I'm wondering whether it is possible to travel along the telfer mine road to Lake Auld from Marble Bar.

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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017 at 08:31

Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017 at 08:31
Yes, with the appropriate permits (which are no trouble to get and are free).


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Follow Up By: Member - Russell C10 - Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017 at 12:58

Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017 at 12:58
Thanks Peter. We will get into organising permits in the new year with travel planned in late June.

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Reply By: Mick O - Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017 at 12:38

Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017 at 12:38
Russell, the road is usually in good condition. It is bitumen from Marble Bar to Woodie Woodie and known as the Rippon Hills Road. It traverses some beautiful country south west of Marble bar before dropping down into the dunes of the Great Sandy Desert as you head towards Telfer and Punmu.

At Lake Auld, the road takes a bend to the left (north) along the shore of the lake to it’s northern point and then heads west again. There is a great place to camp by the Rocky Knoll at the top of the rise on the eastern side of the Lake. Great place to spend the evening taking in the view and setting sun.

Road is wide and well maintained as it is the main access route to major mines and the communities of Punmu and Kurnawarritji. It can get a bit corrugated on sharp bends and in stretches immediately around communities but otherwise is of good quality. Surface is a mixture of sand and rocky stretches with most of the dune crossings topped with crushed rock. More clay and sand sections down around the Lake edge.

Road can be very much affected by weather events so travelling on it when wet is a no-no.

Also be aware that it will take a few bends right on, or immediately after the crest of a dune. In many cases the camber is just off or the bend can take you by surprise so drive accordingly and slow down for all crests.

The road is suitable for towing caravans and campers although once past the Canning, it can get a bit rougher and is not as well maintained.

Emergency bores are located along it’s length east and west of Lake Auld but not to be relied on unless you have exacting and up to the minute information. Carry your own.

Fuel available at Punmu and Kurnawarritji but at a price (normally between $3-4 per litre).

Hope that helps.

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Follow Up By: Mick O - Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017 at 12:46

Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017 at 12:46
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Reply By: Member - Russell C10 - Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017 at 13:02

Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017 at 13:02
Great info Mick.

We will be towing some small off road vans so looks to be no worries .

Are the permits from just the aboriginal communities or is a permit required to go on the Telfer mine road.?

Many thanks for your help.

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Follow Up By: Mick O - Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017 at 16:31

Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017 at 16:31
Russell, you are a member of one of the best outback travel resources on the web.

All you permit access information is contained within the site.

Permit - Telfer

No permits required for Punmu or Kurnawarritji. It does pay to ring the community before you arrive to make sure they have diesel and are open. Social or community events can paralyse the places at times.

Punmu Website

Permits required for Gary Junction Road east of the Canning.

All other areas you'll find info in the permit articles on Exploroz and also at the WA DIA webpage HERE.

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Follow Up By: mountainman - Wednesday, Dec 20, 2017 at 23:01

Wednesday, Dec 20, 2017 at 23:01
TOP EFFORT MICK O !
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Reply By: Member - Wildmax - Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017 at 17:23

Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017 at 17:23
Hi Mick, this is great information.....we are also planning to do that track (and the Gary Junction) next June, travellinjg east to west.
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Follow Up By: Mick O - Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017 at 20:58

Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017 at 20:58
I'll be there too mate at some stage during July.

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Reply By: Member - Russell C10 - Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017 at 20:23

Wednesday, Dec 13, 2017 at 20:23
Thanks Mick. Your knowledge has been very helpful ...much appreciated.

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Reply By: Motherhen - Thursday, Dec 14, 2017 at 16:40

Thursday, Dec 14, 2017 at 16:40
Hi Russell, I have a My Blog on the Gary Junction Route . You are wlecome to contact me by Member Message if you would like more information.



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Reply By: Member - Russell C10 - Thursday, Dec 14, 2017 at 17:25

Thursday, Dec 14, 2017 at 17:25
Thanks Motherhen.
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