lakewood wood lines

Submitted: Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010 at 23:09
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hi am going to the wood lines easter time towing rapid off road van
wondering if any one has info on access from eyre hwy eastern end
track condition 68 klm peg
regards Garny
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Reply By: Motherhen - Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010 at 23:16

Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010 at 23:16
Garry, the trek note for the full loop says

"Towing of caravans into this area is not recommended at all. Camper trailers may get through in some areas, however tight and overgrown tracks will make life difficult and increase the risk of punctures."

From what i have heard, not one for a caravan of any type. Let us know if you get through intact.

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Follow Up By: garny - Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010 at 23:56

Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010 at 23:56
gday Motherhen i am not one to take notice of book reccemdation
however am very practical and respect the bush for what it is
traversed the western side with a jayco dove just inquiring how track is
you will be informed how we go
we intend to set up base camp at walgorina rock hole then traverse
woodlines
talk to you after easter
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 00:46

Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 00:46
Not from a book Garny, but from a member here on ExplorOz who then wrote the trek notes. I think a few member have done the trek. I sounds like an interesting trek, but not one we would do with our larger vehicle.

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Follow Up By: equinox - Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 21:10

Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 21:10
Shouldn't be a problem from the south to the first rock. When I passed Walgorina there was some people camped there. The track gets harder as you head north, but gets easier traveling along the eastern side of the lake.

If it's a true off-road van it should pull the whole way no problems, apart from a few hundred scratches :)

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Reply By: Member - Bentaxle - Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 00:56

Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 00:56
One person who can possibly help is Phil B (WA) is has travelled extensively through out the Woodlines while doing research on their history, he normally monitors this forum so there is a good chance he will reply to your enquiry.

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 08:07

Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 08:07
Hi Mike
Phil is out bush at the moment and will not be back into civilization until about another week.


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Reply By: ricochet - Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 20:47

Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 20:47
There has been a hell of a lot of bushfires out that way this year. most have been south of Eyre H/way but there has been a few around Fraser Range as well. Sounds like you will be to the west of them but if you do cross a fire scar expect a lot of fallen trees, take a chainsaw.
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Follow Up By: garny - Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 21:18

Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 21:18
thanks for the info ricochet i live in Esperance so am monitoring the fires and will have a chain saw on board
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Reply By: Member - Paul B (WA) - Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 21:27

Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 21:27
No you'll be right with a little Jayco. It is a bit narrow in places but if you don't mind taking it easy and getting a few scratches here & there you'll be right.

Certainly I've towed a camper trailer all through it and the only time we would have had problems is if we'd taken the camper with us when we went off track to follow some of the old woodlines without tracks. But we're not quite that silly! Not far short tho!

The fires do bother me a bit I must say. I was thinking of doing the Telegraph track from Dundas to Balladonia at Easter but it sounds like it's been substantially burnt out.

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Follow Up By: get outmore - Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 22:09

Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 22:09
couldnt have been burnt that badly - most of it went up around 03
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Follow Up By: garny - Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 22:39

Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 22:39
hi Paul thanks will be towing a windsor rapid off road as you no slowly as you go to smell the roses
not sure about the telegraph track still closed as far as i know would not be a nice place to visit at the moment
regards Brian esperance
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Follow Up By: Member - Paul B (WA) - Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 23:11

Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 23:11
Ah sorry. Didn't re-read your initial post & got confused down the thead into thinking you had a little Jayco. Not familiar with the Rapid however a quick google brought me up to speed. You might have some probs.
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Reply By: Member - Phil B (WA) - Sunday, Mar 07, 2010 at 20:43

Sunday, Mar 07, 2010 at 20:43
Hi Garny,

I am the Phil mentioned by my good mates Bentaxle and Stephen L.

Yes you could tow your trailer but as Equinox (another mate) said be prepared for scratches. Also fallen trees may cause sharp deviations and detours, take your time and you'll get thru. In writing EO trek notes we take the view that not all people are experienced and capable and therefore say to be safe - trailers are not recommended, especially if rain has fallen recently.

You may be interested in a book I wrote about the woodlines; it’s titled "Lakewood Woodline 1937-1964" by Hesperian Press and is for sale on ExplorOz.

If I can be of more help feel free to ask.

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Follow Up By: garny - Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 23:57

Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 23:57
Hi Phil
thanks for the info i will source out your book
regards Garny
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