Meekatharra to Leonora

Submitted: Tuesday, Feb 05, 2008 at 01:09
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Hi,

we are planning a tour through WA later this month. I have sorted out most of the trip, except the section from Meekatharra to Leonora. I was wondering which way to go Wiluna-Leinster or Mt Magnet-Sandstone-Leinster.

The Goldfields Hwy via Wiluna seems shorter but contains almost 200km of gravel road. We are travelling in a 2WD, will that be a problem? Or would you recommend to take the detour via Sandstone to have bitumen under the wheels all the time?

Is there much to see along any of the routes?
I found London Bridge and the Brewery near Sandstone. Any other suggestions that are worth breaking the journey?

Thanks,
Andreas
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Reply By: Member - joc45 (WA) - Tuesday, Feb 05, 2008 at 01:40

Tuesday, Feb 05, 2008 at 01:40
I did the Meeka to Sandstone road last year. It was a good high-speed gravel road, so you'd have no problems with a 2wd.
The road east from Sandstone to Agnew is one I haven't travelled for 20 years, but it was a good 2wd unsealed road then.
Sandstone is well worth a look around, and there is a good heritage trail, which includes London Bridge.
Gerry
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Reply By: Brew69(SA) - Tuesday, Feb 05, 2008 at 06:23

Tuesday, Feb 05, 2008 at 06:23
I did that road in 92 in a Mazda 626.
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil B (WA) - Tuesday, Feb 05, 2008 at 06:55

Tuesday, Feb 05, 2008 at 06:55
Mt Magnet Sandstone Leinster is now a bitumen road. Meeka to Wiluna is gravel and because of heavy use by mining vehicles can be badly corrugated in places. Depends when graded as to how bad it can be.
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Tuesday, Feb 05, 2008 at 09:34

Tuesday, Feb 05, 2008 at 09:34
I passed a limo on the Meeka to Wiluna road.
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Tuesday, Feb 05, 2008 at 21:38

Tuesday, Feb 05, 2008 at 21:38
I did it on a skateboard in 1970 while only wearing thongs (on my feet) - though I admit it had just been graded.
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Follow Up By: Brew69(SA) - Tuesday, Feb 05, 2008 at 21:43

Tuesday, Feb 05, 2008 at 21:43
All i was saying is that it's possible to do Wiluna-Leinster in a 2WD.
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Tuesday, Feb 05, 2008 at 21:51

Tuesday, Feb 05, 2008 at 21:51
Apologies - wasn't trying to belittle your good advice, just having a joke (with myself by the looks). Will pull my head in.

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Greg
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Wednesday, Feb 06, 2008 at 06:47

Wednesday, Feb 06, 2008 at 06:47
Greg, knowing the Meeka Wiluna track a little, I had a grin.
But I was serious about the Limo. It had gone by the time I had the camera out.
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Wednesday, Feb 06, 2008 at 09:55

Wednesday, Feb 06, 2008 at 09:55
Yeah - wasn't sure if you were joking or not so joined in on a chance.
Failed:(

Haven't actually been along the whole Meeka to Wiluna road myself.

Been the other way though and Sandstone (and surrounds) is certainly worth a visit even if the road is boring bitumen. Agnew pub is also good fun.

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Greg
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Follow Up By: Brew69(SA) - Wednesday, Feb 06, 2008 at 12:53

Wednesday, Feb 06, 2008 at 12:53
Sorry guys....thought u were both having a laugh at me :)
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Reply By: OzTravelGuy - Tuesday, Feb 05, 2008 at 21:18

Tuesday, Feb 05, 2008 at 21:18
Thanks for your comments.
I guess I'll check with the tourist information in Meekatharra or MainRoads when the road was last graded and make a decision once we are there.

Happy travelling,
Andreas

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Reply By: Member - Davoe (Yalgoo) - Tuesday, Feb 05, 2008 at 22:45

Tuesday, Feb 05, 2008 at 22:45
one it both ways at least2wice cant remember any of it if that ives you some idea. (once in a 2wd but no skateboard)
nothing to remember in the way of hard bits
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