Meekatharra WA

Submitted: Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 03:21
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Howdy all, could anyone recommend a place to stay in Meekatharra. Travelling from Broome to Perth so wanna make Meeka the half way point. Will only be over night, but would like to know out of the 3 places to stay there, which is the quitest and nicest? They arent cheap i heard so dont wanna be paying good dollars for a crap sleep. Drove through there last year very early in the morning and for some reason i didnt like the place at all. I think Kevin Bloody Wilson might have given me the wrong impression with a certain song of his, i hope so.
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Reply By: Member - Duane A (WA) - Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 04:38

Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 04:38
Kroozer we have stayed at the back of the service station on ya left when heading south i cant remember what the staion was but it has a caravan park at the back of it nothing big or flash but it was comfortable with good showers so couldnt complain mate, just a stop over sounds like what your looking for safe travells mate.
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Follow Up By: Member - ross m (WA) - Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 09:36

Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 09:36
Ive stayed there and it was ok,no lawn but its clean and reasonably secure
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Reply By: Member - BUNDY BOY (WA) - Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 08:28

Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 08:28
Hi there Kroozer
just my thought but .Don't bother never a quiet night in meeka.cue is just down the road or mt magnet..Kumarina roadhouse a little further nth....caravan park behind them ....clean showers and a bar.and dinning room......or there's a number of nice roadside stops along the way.a few you can get of the road and down near the water if there is some..

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Follow Up By: get outmore - Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 10:13

Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 10:13
kumarina gives me the creeps
- just something about its not quite right it just screams wolfe creek or something
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Follow Up By: Member - Dunworkin (WA) - Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 11:30

Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 11:30
Cue for me as well, the only time we would stay in Meeka would be if circumstances made us. My Sister lived on a station out of Meeka for a number of years so I know the area quite well. However saying all that, if you have to stay there the caravan Park would probably be the best, definitely not the hotels!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

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Follow Up By: Member - Kroozer (WA) - Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 12:06

Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 12:06
What type of accomodation does Cue have? Might try get there then i think.
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Follow Up By: Blaze (Berri) - Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 13:23

Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 13:23
We bush camped 40k above Meeka, No problems a great spot, off the road, nice fire etc. By the way no noise.. LOL
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Follow Up By: Member - ross m (WA) - Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 17:11

Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 17:11
"kumarina gives me the creeps
- just something about its not quite right it just screams wolfe creek or something"


Does Wolfe creek have terrible prices too?

Last time I stopped at Kumarina they had a broken bucket that could only hold an inch of algae water with a broken scrubber for the windscreen.
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Reply By: Serendipity of Mandurah (WA) - Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 09:32

Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 09:32
Hi Kroozer

About 50 or 60 km south of Kumerina you will find the upper reaches of the Murchison river. There is a lovely spot on the north west side that I have stopped at. Usually there is permanent water there and even fish - small perch? that are hungry as ever. It is stlll about 190km to Meekatharra from that spot.

If you were leaving Broome and hoped to get that far in one day about 1200km this might be as far as you want to drive as it will be getting on dark and the roos are shocking around this stage at night - never mind the thought of wondering beef burgers. A bit further than I like to push myself in a day. It is about 650km from Port Hedland if you stopped over there as well, so probably a good stop at the river.

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Follow Up By: Member - Duane A (WA) - Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 00:10

Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 00:10
David G-day Duane here the spot you mention in this replie is it the upper reaches of the Murchison or the Gascoyne sounds like a nice spot to over night you wouldnt have the gps co ordinates for the spot or turn off would you it would be muchly appreiciated ok thanks for your time regards ,by the way you live in a good spot mate iam a fellow mandurah-ite.
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Follow Up By: Serendipity of Mandurah (WA) - Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 07:43

Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 07:43
Hi Duane

Just by chance another forum on page 2 just now (Pilbara trip questions 69852) has also suggested that same rest spot to someone else. It is the Gascoyne and not the Murchison. I am sorry I do not have the GPS but it is around 25,12,19S & 119,20,17E.

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Follow Up By: Member - Duane A (WA) - Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 08:43

Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 08:43
Thanks very much for your reply mate
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Reply By: Maîneÿ . . .- Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 10:20

Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 10:20
Kroozer,
ROFLMFAO, me thinks you haven't stayed in Meeka previously :-))

As Bundy has said....

Ask yourself why Kevin Bloody Wilson gave you that impression
wonder why he did write the song, where did he get the thought from ?

I worked there on contract for 3 months, you may get lucky and have a great night - but you probably won't.
Stay well out of town and you will stay asleep with-out worrying about noises during the night, the Hospital there was not open 24/7 so remember that too.

Maîneÿ . . .
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Follow Up By: Member - Kroozer (WA) - Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 12:09

Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 12:09
I have stayed in many places without drama including places like Halls Creek, Fitzroy, but for some reason Meeka sends a shiver down my spine. Cue sounds like a better option.
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Reply By: Kanga1 - Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 11:02

Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 11:02
Kroozer, we overnighted at the Auski in Meekatharra 3 or 4 years ago it was OK, road noise didn't seem to be a problem, hope this helps, Kanga1.
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Follow Up By: Member - Kroozer (WA) - Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 12:10

Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 12:10
Is Auski actually in Meeka or is it out on the highway? I always thought it was in the middle of nowhere between Newman and Hedland.
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Reply By: bgreeni - Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 12:14

Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 12:14
Stayed in the Auski for a night over the long weekend a couple of weeks ago.

Reasonable country motel on the south end of the town.

Had a good buffet dinner on the Saturday night.

Room was clean and quite
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Reply By: rocco2010 - Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 12:41

Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 12:41
Gidday

Stayed at the pub two years ago -- forget the name but it is the one that hasn't burnt down since. Having started the day at the bore just inside Rudall River National Park (white gums I think it is called) it didnt matter much where we were. The showers were hot and the beer was cold and a bed made a welcome change.

As mentioned above the road kill on the road south next morning was a great reminder to avoid driving in the area at night.


Cheers


Rocco
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Reply By: Member - BUNDY BOY (WA) - Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 15:43

Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 15:43
Kroozer
The Auski ..is a motel.or van park in meeka...just a name......you are right Auski is a roadhouse nth of newman....same as nanuttara roadhouse on the coast road........need deep pockets to stop at both of these places.......but auski is clean and a decent feed
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Reply By: Member - John Baas (WA) - Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 21:07

Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 21:07
G'day Kroozer

Have stayed at the Auski 3 times over the last 6 years. Always neat/clean. Reas price for an outback motel. No probs with noise or any other issues.

However, Meeka is really only a place on the way to somewhere else (altho there is a nice nature walk with great views at the west of the town).

Kumarina is OK too with good meals on site. Auski meals would be pricier.

Camping options are good on the road as per above posts. Really depends on what you want for the night; quick and easy and a shower etc or a camp when you're not really in the area you want to be camping in.

Cheers.
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Reply By: d04 - Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 21:22

Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 21:22
Why would you be calling into Meeka from Broome to Perth,? that's the long way.
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Follow Up By: Member - Kroozer (WA) - Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 22:27

Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 22:27
Sorry, what do you mean?
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Reply By: Matt.D (WA) - Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 21:46

Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 21:46
Why not cut across from sandfire roadhouse 300km sth Broome through the boreline road through Marble Bar and Nullagine and on to Newman. Would cut about 300km off your trip and save between 1.5-2 hours enabling you to push on the extra 140km to cue. It would mean about 400km of good gravel (about 80-90km/hr reasonably comfortably).
If you think of stopping before Meeka, Capricorn roadhouse just south of Newman is another option that has always been Ok in the dongas. Haven't been here for a couple of years so don't know what it's like now but someone else would know.

Sorry doesn't answer question on Meeka but just throwing about other ideas.

Cheers Matt.
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Reply By: Russ n Sue - Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 21:47

Monday, Jun 15, 2009 at 21:47
Ahhh Meekatharra. Spent a week there one afternoon. Stayed the night at the Royal Mail Hotel in the dongas out the back. There was a corroboree being held on the other side of the fence (about 10 feet from my window).

After the corroboree there were a couple of people fornicating under my window (on the outside thankfully).

Fights, sirens, swearing and screams all night. Didn't sleep a wink all night. The car was in a compound, which I've heard is not there anymore. Since then I have always spent my best nights in Meekatharra at Cue.

Good luck Kroozer, you'll need it.
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