Wapet track WA

Submitted: Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 11:59
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Has anyone travelled the wapet track in the last 12 months. Looking to know what kind of condition the track was is in.
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Reply By: Member - Mick O (VIC) - Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 13:02

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 13:02
A search of the forum get's a few responses. Try this LINK to member Kev - Wynnum 's post from June last year.

I did the bottom half from Lake Auld trhough to the Jenkins in July. Road condition report is S&S Report and the Blog entry for the same is HERE.

Conditions on the lower Wapet are also in blog entries forward of 21 July, 2008.

Hope that is of some help.

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Reply By: Willem - Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 14:11

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 14:11
Cape Kid

Disused Outback Tracks vary little over the years unless a big fella storm or flood has been by. Wapet Road/Kidson Track is a fairly mild drive with a few dune crossings, some corrugated sections, some quite vergrown sections and some washouts along the way.

Just take your time and enjoy the scenery. In the last 200km to the coastal highway there are very few places to camp due to mobs of spinifex grass.


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Reply By: Member - Footloose - Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 14:20

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 14:20
It is used more by camels than vehicles.
Not a difficult track if you allocate a couple of days to do it from 80 mile Beach to Well 33. Agree with all of Willems advice and comments.
Break down with no water or comms and it's a very remote track indeed :))
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Follow Up By: Member - Footloose - Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 14:26

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 14:26
My sig pix was taken at the start of the Kidson, at the southern end of Lake Auld.
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Reply By: Flywest - Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 17:32

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 17:32
You mean the wappet track in WA's De Entrecasteaux Nat Park from Lake Jasper to Black Point?

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Follow Up By: equinox - Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 17:39

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 17:39
No, the old Western Australian Petroleum Track up north....

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Reply By: Motherhen - Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 17:41

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 17:41
Friends tried it a couple of years ago from the Sandfire end with a Cruiser and off road caravan, but found the sand too loose so had to return on the spinifex, using their mean green sand tracks for the first time ever. A slow return. The sand was very dry at the time.

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Follow Up By: Member - Footloose - Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 17:50

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 17:50
I can believe it ! I must have had my tyres up too high in one sandy/bulldust section, as it felt like I was dragging an anchor behind me when I wasn't towing anything !
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 19:57

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 19:57
This was around 15 months ago, and the sand was dry and very loose. It may have been different it the sand held some dampness. They had no trouble with the overgrowing patches or washouts, but the loose sand was hard going, and not knowing what lay ahead, they decided to pull out on the second day. They had only gone around 150 kms. They staked a couple of tyres on the return so used the 'mean green's from then on - slow progress. They do take on 'adventures'.

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Follow Up By: Member - Footloose - Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 20:41

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 20:41
Yes, that's about where that patch was. Had they perservered, they would have had a much easier time.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 22:18

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 22:18
When on the washout stuff, she said "This is way better than the Tanami WA side" From the Kidson track photos, the Tanami must have been bad - or perhaps just a spirit of adventure. A section of the WA Tanami was pretty awful last year, and it looked like it hadn't seen a grader in 10 or 20 years.

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Reply By: Cape Kid - Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 18:08

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 18:08
Thanks all for your advice. My own research had provided similar information. We have just moved to WA in the pilbara from living in Cape York for the last 5 years.Missing the wet a little at the moment!!!!!. We have a new off road camper turning up in February (sold the last one to some one in the cape ) and will start to enjoy what WA has to offer. The CSR and Rudal NP being high on the list.
Not being new to travelling in remote areas we are fully equiped including sat phone and very capable 4WD. I am lucky enough that I can take wife and young family out and enjoy the bush without having to wait for the 4 weeks leave a year.
C- ya on the tracks.
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Reply By: Lindsaydi - Friday, Jan 23, 2009 at 21:27

Friday, Jan 23, 2009 at 21:27
G,day Cape kid, Was along the Wapet/Kidson Track mid 2008 yes the sand can be a bit of a bugger but it is not that bad -- let your tyres down. As you can see the wash -outs are not that bad. At the end of around 400ks from Sandfire There is a mill with excellent water-- and plenty of it. I didn't have a prob with firewood . All in all mate an easy run

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