Road Conditions to Kennedy Range NP with 2WD?

Submitted: Sunday, Mar 07, 2010 at 00:01
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G'Day,

we are planning to visit the Kennedy Range NP over the Easter break.
As we only have a 2WD, I was wondering whether the roads are negotiable with that type of car.

I guess the Carnarvon - Gascoyne Jct bit shouldn't be too hard, I am more concerned about the road to the NP (Ullawarra Road)?
The DEC website does not explicitly recommend a 4WD for this park, but what does the road look like this time of the year? Is it very sandy, are there river crossings (my map shows most rivers in that area as "usually dry" though)?

Any thoughts?

Cheers,
Andreas
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Reply By: Wayne's 60 - Sunday, Mar 07, 2010 at 01:21

Sunday, Mar 07, 2010 at 01:21
Hi Andreas,

checking with the relevant (local) DEC office prior to your departure would appear to be the best course of actioin.

Other questions to ask if you are hell bent on taking your 2wd vehicle on this trip ...............
will my 2wd make it through the area?
will DEC (local land manager) recommend travelling through that area in a 2wd?
will the vehicle insurance cover a mishap in that area?
what cost to you, to recover your 2wd vehicle from that area?

Not wanting to be a total kill joy ............. maybe hiring a 4WD for your trip may be better than the ................ well ................ 2wd recovery alternative??

Cheers,
Wayne & Sally.


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Follow Up By: OzTravelGuy - Sunday, Mar 07, 2010 at 01:48

Sunday, Mar 07, 2010 at 01:48
Thanks for your reply.
I have emailed the Carnarvon DEC office last week, but haven't heard back. I'll probably give them call next week to check. Was just wondering whether someone has been in the area lately.

I have done a few trips on gravel roads graded to a standard suitable for 2WDs, and my insurance even covered a chipped windscreen after travelling on such roads. I am not too worried about travelling on gravel roads as such, but only if it's safe to do so.

Thanks again,
Andreas
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Reply By: Wayne's 60 - Sunday, Mar 07, 2010 at 01:55

Sunday, Mar 07, 2010 at 01:55
Andreas,
Keep following up with the DEC office. if it all goes wrong, they will be involved at some stage. If you can't get a response from that office, get in contact with the Perth office .... and follow through from there.

FWIW ................... any road is in a 2WD ............ BUT

...... when it turns nasty is when the alternate view (and reality) kicks in ................

Cheers,
Wayne & Sally.
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Follow Up By: Wayne's 60 - Sunday, Mar 07, 2010 at 02:02

Sunday, Mar 07, 2010 at 02:02
Hmmmmmmmm ............. OH ....... for an edit button or function!!!!!

First alteration ...........

"FWIW ................... any road is (DOABLE) in a 2WD ............ BUT"


Second alteration ................

"...... when it turns nasty is when the alternate view (and reality) kicks in ................ "

Cheers,

Wayne & Sally.



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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Sunday, Mar 07, 2010 at 14:51

Sunday, Mar 07, 2010 at 14:51
I spoke to a Ranger at Canarvon before we drove up the west side and over the top in 2006 and the guy I spoke to could not have been more helpful or positive.

Cheers,
Peter
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Reply By: Member - John Baas (WA) - Sunday, Mar 07, 2010 at 04:06

Sunday, Mar 07, 2010 at 04:06
Andreas, if you intend to access the park from Gascoyne Jnctn for its eastern section then a skate board should suffice.

If you want to go over the Gascoyne to the western cliffs approach and across the top from west to east via the Wapet trk, then use a proper high clearance 4WD fitted for remote area travel.


http://www.dec.wa.gov.au/content/view/104/1931/



Cheers.
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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Sunday, Mar 07, 2010 at 07:54

Sunday, Mar 07, 2010 at 07:54
Andreas,
Travelled that road last winter. As you say road from Carnarvon to Gascoyne Junction is good, bitumen for quite a few ks. From GJ up to the Kennedy Range turn off was also pretty good, then moderate corrugations going into Kennedy Range. But as you are already doing, check with national Parks or the local government - you only real concern would be water over the road.

While in WA we were very surprised at the good condition of minor roads.

Kenney Range is a great place, and check out the cobbled roadway on the way in - its only a short distance off the present road and well signposted.

Cheers,

Val
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Sunday, Mar 07, 2010 at 11:52

Sunday, Mar 07, 2010 at 11:52
As stated above.
Access to the campsites on the eastern side is no drama.
The western side and over the top will need 4x4 (and good maps).


There are a few pics in this slide show from 2006.

Cheers,
Peter
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Reply By: get outmore - Sunday, Mar 07, 2010 at 14:04

Sunday, Mar 07, 2010 at 14:04
did that road a few months ago
- youll have no worries
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Reply By: OzTravelGuy - Sunday, Mar 07, 2010 at 16:31

Sunday, Mar 07, 2010 at 16:31
Thanks for all your replies!
We are only going to attempt the Eastern campsite (via Ullawarra Road).
Sounds like it should be feasible, but I'll still try to contact the DEC office.

Thanks again,
Andreas
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Sunday, Mar 07, 2010 at 20:24

Sunday, Mar 07, 2010 at 20:24
you would be unlikely to make it over the gascoyne if going the western side anyway in a 2wd.

Its worth the quick drive to check it out though - turnoffs about 30km west of GJ I can only imagine what it looks like in flood its about 500m wide
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Reply By: Member - Peta M (NSW) - Friday, Mar 19, 2010 at 15:27

Friday, Mar 19, 2010 at 15:27
Were there just over a month ago (Eastern side only). No worries if you take it easy - just the usual corrugations in places. Don't go there though, if it's been raining. There are a few creek crossings that would flood.
It's worth the drive - magic place. Damned hot in the middle of Feb though!
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