Rocky Gully to Nornalup WA

Submitted: Wednesday, Apr 21, 2021 at 23:52
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Hi All,

Possibly heading down to Walpole area over the long weekend, and was looking at trying a new route there or back home via the Rocky Gully to Nornalup Road.

I've seen some press in the past about how bad the road is, but I'm not sure if that's "I can't sit on 80km/h+ in a sedan therefore its a terrible road" or "There's very soft sand that you will get stuck in if you don't have lower tyre pressure and four driving wheels."

Has anyone done this road and can advise whether it's 2WD with care, 2WD with clearance or proper 4WD required?

I have driven up to Northumberland Rd from the southern end (approx 10km) and that section was an ordinary winding gravel road, but the next 20km or so is signed as '4WD Only' and I've not driven it before.
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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Thursday, Apr 22, 2021 at 08:27

Thursday, Apr 22, 2021 at 08:27
Have a look at the road on Google Maps Street View - Example - use your cursor to spin the picture around and look both ways.
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Follow Up By: WarrenTC - Thursday, Apr 22, 2021 at 10:36

Thursday, Apr 22, 2021 at 10:36
Unfortunately there is no Street View coverage on this road.
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Reply By: Rainman WA - Thursday, Apr 22, 2021 at 10:30

Thursday, Apr 22, 2021 at 10:30
If you are referring to the Tindale/Nornalup Road, I drove it nearly 9 years ago, and while I can't remember the drive my gps info says it was 61kms from the South West Highway to the Muirs Highway and it took me 54 minutes at an average speed of 67kms. Hopefully thats of some help and its the same route you are talking about. Just remember, my info is 9 years old :-)
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Follow Up By: WarrenTC - Thursday, Apr 22, 2021 at 10:37

Thursday, Apr 22, 2021 at 10:37
Sounds like quite a good road tbh
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Reply By: WarrenTC - Thursday, Apr 22, 2021 at 10:37

Thursday, Apr 22, 2021 at 10:37
I have just seen that the middle section of the road is closed all of April for replacement of two small bridges with concrete culverts, no detour available. So that parks that idea for a little while. But would still appreciate any knowledge of the road conditions...
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Follow Up By: Nick T2 - Thursday, Apr 22, 2021 at 11:26

Thursday, Apr 22, 2021 at 11:26
G'day
We have a place in Peaceful Bay and travel that road constantly. The southern part through the Karri trees is my favourite bit of road in WA. It is narrow and winding with lots of blind corners in the southern bit through the forest but even at it's worst you can drive it in a car and the winding bit is only 20km or so . It's an adventure to drive with no traffic compared to all the main roads on a long weekend with manic traffic.
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Follow Up By: WarrenTC - Thursday, Apr 22, 2021 at 12:08

Thursday, Apr 22, 2021 at 12:08
Thanks Nick!
Any trouble in the wet? Might end up doing it June long weekend in a car if I can
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Follow Up By: Nick T2 - Friday, Apr 23, 2021 at 08:36

Friday, Apr 23, 2021 at 08:36
If there is huge rain in the week before, then it might not be fun, but you would get through. But as long as there hasn't been 40mm will be no worries.
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