Hyden Norseman Rd condition?

Submitted: Wednesday, May 10, 2023 at 08:12
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Hi All
Heading east from Perth on Saturday 13th May with the van in tow and thinking about taking the Hyden Norseman Rd.

Has anyone been along it very recently? Good or bad at the moment? Cheers.
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Reply By: Member - Duncan2H - Wednesday, May 10, 2023 at 08:40

Wednesday, May 10, 2023 at 08:40
Not sure what counts for recent.. I was on it last year, it was superb then.. as is often the case with dirt roads in WA.

I particularly enjoyed camping at McDermid Rock.. https://www.exploroz.com/places/907/wa+mcdermid-rock

In contrast.. I found Wave Rock a horrible place to visit.
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Follow Up By: Rusty Iron - Wednesday, May 10, 2023 at 08:44

Wednesday, May 10, 2023 at 08:44
Thanks Duncan. I was on it only a few months ago and it was badly corrugated on the eastern half after the mine sites. But still may be a better option than that bloody awful Gt Eastern Hwy...
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Reply By: Member - Duncan2H - Wednesday, May 10, 2023 at 08:50

Wednesday, May 10, 2023 at 08:50
Air your tyres down a bit if you have a compressor to air back up, or can do it in Norseman.. its amazing what it does for corrugations!

(sorry if you're already well aware of this).

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Reply By: Zippo - Wednesday, May 10, 2023 at 10:18

Wednesday, May 10, 2023 at 10:18
Check with the Hyden end re any post-rain conditions. They will give you an honest assessment.

Dundas Shire (Norseman) have an etched-in-stone public view that it's terrible/disgusting/dangerous, and in the five or so times we've traversed it there has been absolutely nothing negative out there.
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Reply By: Member - Ian G (NSW) - Wednesday, May 10, 2023 at 22:21

Wednesday, May 10, 2023 at 22:21
Hi Rusty Iron,
We travelled it east to west last week in a (fully laden) 200 series L/cruiser towing a 19’ 3.2t Phoenix caravan.
No trouble at all although some relatively minor corrugations in the first 80 km.
We did drop the tyres (vehicle and c’van) from 38 psi (f) and 42 psi (r) down to 30 and 34 respectively.
Regards,
Ian
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Follow Up By: Rusty Iron - Thursday, May 11, 2023 at 07:50

Thursday, May 11, 2023 at 07:50
Thanks very much Ian. You've tipped the scales, I'm going that way although the opposite way, heading to Syd-uh-knee. Cheers
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Reply By: Dusta - Friday, May 12, 2023 at 13:52

Friday, May 12, 2023 at 13:52
it's a well maintained gravel road , mostly maintained by the mines on the norseman side , kondy shire grades it often up to about the plots . The road is better condition that great eastern highway and i always take that road unless its been raining then it becomes a slippery slide
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Reply By: Gone Bush (WA) - Sunday, May 21, 2023 at 00:25

Sunday, May 21, 2023 at 00:25
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Follow Up By: Rusty Iron - Sunday, May 21, 2023 at 09:32

Sunday, May 21, 2023 at 09:32
Sorry, didn't go that way in the end. There was potential for rain so I stayed away from it.
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Follow Up By: Kazza055 - Sunday, May 21, 2023 at 09:41

Sunday, May 21, 2023 at 09:41
We arrived back home yesterday from over east and past the Norseman end on Friday while heading north to Coolgardie.

Found the black top to be in good condition compared to many of the roads in SA.
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