CAPE LEVEQUE ROAD CONDITION

Submitted: Monday, Jun 12, 2006 at 14:52
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Does anyone have any up to date information of the Cape Leveque Rd from Broome to the cape. I only need to know what the current conditions now are not those from 20 years ago.
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Reply By: MyGreenCruiser - Monday, Jun 12, 2006 at 15:19

Monday, Jun 12, 2006 at 15:19
Was there 2 weeks ago. Top 2/3's could only be described as very rough with dozens of washouts (dangerous as they're very hard to see until you're on top of them). They were grading the bottom 1/3 as we were returning to Broome, this part was very good (smooth) but sandy - which is great compaired to the corrugations of the top 2/3's. I can only assume that the grading has been completed in the last two weeks, so the trip should be good now.

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Reply By: MickO13 - Monday, Jun 12, 2006 at 17:23

Monday, Jun 12, 2006 at 17:23
I just booked into the resort at Cape Leveque and was informed that the rood had been graded, was in excellent condition and it was 3.5 hour drive from Broome. I'll find out how right they were later in the week. Cheers.
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Follow Up By: Member - Ray - Monday, Jun 12, 2006 at 19:52

Monday, Jun 12, 2006 at 19:52
Hope they grade the "road" as well.
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Reply By: Lyds- Monday, Jun 12, 2006 at 20:25

Monday, Jun 12, 2006 at 20:25
if you're coming from, or going to, Derby try the back road as noted in the Moon's Kimberley Adventurers Guide. a bit sandy in parts, but definitely less corruguations.

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Follow Up By: austinrunner - Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 05:23

Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 05:23
Is a permit needed for the back road?
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Follow Up By: Lyds- Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 07:22

Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 07:22
not that I know of.
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Reply By: Grizzle - Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 17:21

Tuesday, Jun 13, 2006 at 17:21
I was there last week and the road is rough but drivable. One section is smooth as, hard gravel packed. . They were grading while we were driving up (Hired a standard Landcruiser). Even graded its not that good, lots of soft sand holes and ruts.

We stayed at Cable Beach Resort for our 20th Wedding Anniversary and just went up for the day. Long day and we would have loved to stay at least overnight but definately 3-4 days.

Also saw a few "Soft Roaders" such as X-Trails etc.

Saw a few tent trailer style campers but no vans. It took us 2 1/2 hours driving at max 80 k and sometimes 50-60 k. Worth the trip as it was fantastic. We went to One Arm Point and wouldn't bother doing that again. Middle Lagoon was sensational as was Lombadina and the Cape itself (Kooljaman)

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Follow Up By: meandet - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 16:18

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 16:18
Hi
I don't think caravans are allowed at Cape Leveque. Check with Kooljaman first

Nice spot but

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Reply By: Grizzle - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 16:28

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 16:28
Sorry mate. I saw the Trailers at Middle Lagoon, didn't see any at Kooljaman.

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Follow Up By: MickO13 - Saturday, Jun 17, 2006 at 23:34

Saturday, Jun 17, 2006 at 23:34
I'm at Kooljamon as I type. Road is absolute bleep e for the first hundred kays. GO SLOW. Watch for oncoming locals who insist at hitting it at 90kph plus. A good hardpacked 50 km surface after Beagle bay then 20 or 30 kays of more rubbish then bitumen. Let your tyres down after the bitumen ends 10 km from the Northern Hwy and take it easy. At 92 km or thereabouts there is a star picket on the left with a red flag. It's warning of a bad washout.....go right. Great spot though. Cheers. Mick.
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