ROCKINGHAM -----DERBY Coast or Inland shortest

Submitted: Friday, Jun 12, 2009 at 13:14
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Or should I say to PortHedland.

I would think that it would be shorter to go inland ,but by how much?Better Road (if possible)!!!!
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Reply By: Member - joc45 (WA) - Friday, Jun 12, 2009 at 13:45

Friday, Jun 12, 2009 at 13:45
Hi Stoney,
I recall it's about 300km shorter on the inland route. Both inland and coast roads are pretty good and on a par with each other.
Inland road is pretty boring, tho the towns of New Norcia, Mt Magnet, Cue, Meekatharra and Newman are interesting. You could also detour into Karajini NP on the way between Newman and Hedland.
cheers,
Gerry
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Reply By: bgreeni - Friday, Jun 12, 2009 at 16:11

Friday, Jun 12, 2009 at 16:11
Only problem with the inland route is the number of road trains.
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Follow Up By: Member - joc45 (WA) - Friday, Jun 12, 2009 at 16:39

Friday, Jun 12, 2009 at 16:39
Yeh, technically correct. My experience last year was almost convoys of heavy equipment being carted north to mines. I suspect that the economic downturn might have severely curtailed their activity if one can believe the news.
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Reply By: Member - Kroozer (WA) - Friday, Jun 12, 2009 at 16:57

Friday, Jun 12, 2009 at 16:57
Yeah inland road is shortest, have heard its a better road too, alot wider and smoother. Lots of trucks though. And wildlife
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Reply By: Motherhen - Friday, Jun 12, 2009 at 18:13

Friday, Jun 12, 2009 at 18:13
If going to Derby and don't want to go to Port Hedland, a more direct route is via Marble Bar and either the Goldsworthy or the Boreline Roads to the Highway.

Check out the kms of the different routes on Goseeaustralia.com.au

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Follow Up By: Matt.D (WA) - Friday, Jun 12, 2009 at 23:34

Friday, Jun 12, 2009 at 23:34
I agree Motherhen.

A much more interesting drive, 1-200km shorter and quicker if roads are good. You can't go past skull springs, running waters and Carawine gorge.

Cheers Matt.
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Reply By: steved58 - Friday, Jun 12, 2009 at 21:27

Friday, Jun 12, 2009 at 21:27
Have been on both roads many times you can't beat a visit to karijini NP have just returned last week however in saying that on the coast road a small detour to coral bay and exmouth is hard to beat (a must to book at coral bay no free camping) so maybe go on one road and return on the other either way it's a great trip !!!!!

Steve
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