Callawa Road, Pilbara

Submitted: Tuesday, May 20, 2003 at 14:44
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Was wondering if antone has recently done the Callawa Rd trek. We are heading up to Port Hedland in a couple of weeks and after doing a bit of work then we plan some recreation. Have been looking at going down the Callawa Rd from 80 Mile Beach to Marble Bar which retraces the old telepgraph line.
Just wondering what the track is like and if it is easy enough to distinguish, or is it going to be a real navigation exercise.Bush Bappo's 4WD Club
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Reply By: Michelle from ExplorOz - Tuesday, May 20, 2003 at 14:56

Tuesday, May 20, 2003 at 14:56
The trek note on this site is relatively recent and describes how difficult it is.ExplorOz
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Follow Up By: Member - Bigbear - Tuesday, May 20, 2003 at 15:04

Tuesday, May 20, 2003 at 15:04
Thanks Had a look at the notes sounds very interesting.
Was wondering if anyone has been down there since this wet season.Bush Bappo's 4WD Club
Get out there & have a look
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Follow Up By: Allyn - Tuesday, May 20, 2003 at 16:14

Tuesday, May 20, 2003 at 16:14
It's not a road that's frequented (at all) anymore so condition would only have deteriorated since last year when trek notes were done. Had some huge rains in the wet season this year so washouts would be worse etc.
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Reply By: Member - Jimbo (WA) - Tuesday, May 20, 2003 at 19:24

Tuesday, May 20, 2003 at 19:24
Funnily enough, I just read a letter in today's paper (West Australian - letters to the editor) from a couple who were on that track and staked four tyres and had to be rescued!Cheers, Jim

"Lead, Follow.....or get out of the way!!"
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Reply By: Goran - Wednesday, May 21, 2003 at 00:38

Wednesday, May 21, 2003 at 00:38
Older couple indeed got stuck with 4 flats and had to be rescued by station blokes. I don't know if they had all the repair gear and knowledge to repair tyres but they sure needed it. Washaways aren't an issue but make sure you got all the tyre repair gear you can land your hands on. And goood camera. You going get the good use out of it. Having said that , read tracknotes here regarding the conditions and please don't rely on station people for help unless it is an emergency. Be prepared and give them a call to obtain permission if you are going trough.
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Follow Up By: Goran - Wednesday, May 21, 2003 at 00:42

Wednesday, May 21, 2003 at 00:42
Oh, i forgot you are giong to have a ball navigating trough. There are large sections where you can't see the sky let alone a road.
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Follow Up By: Allyn - Wednesday, May 21, 2003 at 19:50

Wednesday, May 21, 2003 at 19:50
was it worth it Goran?
A mate and I have discussed doing this trek sometime over the next few months but as yet are undecided. I like the fact that
a)it's there to be done and
b) it won't always be there to be done

cheers
Allyn
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Follow Up By: Goran - Thursday, May 22, 2003 at 00:28

Thursday, May 22, 2003 at 00:28
Now, that is an attitude i like. :-)
It was worth it alright.
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