Getting to Mt Augustus

Submitted: Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 13:56
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Has anyone travelled to Mt Augustus, pulling a caravan, from Mullewa on the Carnarvon Mullewa Rd and then on the Cobra Dairy Creek & Cobra Mt Augustus Rds. I'm towing a Supreme Territory with a Nissan Patrol. I have some conflicting reports??
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Reply By: Bryan (WA) - Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 14:06

Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 14:06
Hi Owen,
I pretty sure the Mt Augustus tourist park is now closed. get a copy of the western 4wder article, its in there.
The gravel road varies enormously depending on when the grader went through last..
so its safest to expect it to be corrugated and then hope it isnt :-)

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Follow Up By: briggzee (WA) - Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 17:17

Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 17:17
Bryan/Owen, according to post 78203 Mt Augustus "resort" is unofficially open while shire permits are being issued.
cheers, Craig
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Follow Up By: Owen A - Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 22:37

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 22:37
Thanks for the info, I rang the Mt Augustus "Resort" & they said they close for the summer each year & are now open again.
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Reply By: get outmore - Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 14:43

Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 14:43
whilse I didnt drive those rods specifically I drove to mt augustus from yalgoo and the roads were superb,
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Follow Up By: Owen A - Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 22:35

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 22:35
Thanks for the info
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Reply By: disco driver - Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 15:11

Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 15:11
Owen,
Usually gravel roads are graded only once a year, or twice a year, if you're lucky.

If you happen to travel just before the road is graded, it will be as rough as guts (corrugated, broken edges and washouts) but if you happen to follow the grader it will be like blacktop with dust.

Any other time, it will be somewhere in between.

If you assume it will be rough and pack and travel at speeds suitable for those conditions, you should have no problems.

Disco.
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 15:40

Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 15:40
I dont think ive seen any main dirt road in WA that are as you describe unless its from specific storm damage which gets fixed pretty quickly

there are a few exceptions such as the high traffick tourist routes such as the GRR and the lake king peak charles road on the Esperance side which the shire refuses to maintain

besides that it was the first thing i noticed coming from SA is almost without exception the dirt roads vary from good to excellent
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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 18:15

Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 18:15
WE will second what getoutmore says - coming from NSW we were surprised at how good the gravel roads in WA were - much better than most NSW minor roads. Didnt go to Mt Augustus last year but at and beyond Gascoyne Junction the roads were pretty good.

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Follow Up By: Owen A - Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 22:34

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 22:34
Thanks all, I agree we are pretty lucky with our roads in the West. Pitty about the drivers here though! I was very impressed with drivers in NSW & Qld when we were travelling through a couple of years ago, especially with driver courtesy.
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Reply By: Member - George (WA) - Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 17:54

Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 17:54
Hi Owen, No trouble with a Territory. We have a Territory and been there several times. You can either go via Dairy Creek stn or Gascoyne Junction. Cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Jerry C (WA) - Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 21:35

Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 21:35
Hi Owen,

The roads north of approx Biro Stn are in the Carnarvon Shire, give then a ring and they should be able to give you some idea of when and where the graders are working.

Cheers,

Jerry
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Follow Up By: Owen A - Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 22:29

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 22:29
Thanks, your Territory looks a bit younger than mine, how are you liking it. Ours is about 5 years old, our floor line doesn't drop down up front towards the boot, (if that makes ant sense?). We had a few probs with ours when we took delivery, especially with the fridge. All good now though. We've travelled about 20,000k with it so far. Roughest track so far was the Fitzroy Development Rd & the road into Cobald Gorge, both in Qld. Not that bad though, only corrugation's, didn't get any dust inside, just a few bits & pieces fell off. have you taken yours on the Gibb River Rd? I'd like to take the Territory on the Gibb River Rd, bit the missus is a bit hesitant.
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Follow Up By: Member - George (WA) - Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 09:55

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 09:55
Hi Owen, Gibb River Road is no problem for the Territory but will depend on the time of the year. I would say that July to September you have no problem. Just check with the local shires regarding the graders and level of Pentecost river, at that time of the year it will only be about 300mm deep unless there has been a very late wet season. Cheers
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Reply By: cobber - Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 19:22

Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 19:22
Hi Owen, we went that way this time 2 years ago, no problems at all, good gravel road most of the way the Mullewa Shire section a bit ruff, the Murchison Shire part very good, we stayed at Murchison Settlement CP the first night, and a great spot to stay is Bilung Pool, We went Via Dalgety Downs, Landor Station, if Mount Augustus is closed you might want to call into Burringurrah Community to fill up with Petrol/Diesel............Have a safe trip
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Follow Up By: Owen A - Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 22:16

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 22:16
Thanks, we'll probably pull up for a stay at Murchison Settlement CP or Bilung Pool.
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Reply By: aimee - Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 19:55

Sunday, May 09, 2010 at 19:55
Hi Owen,
You didn't say when you were going to go on this adventure to Mt. Augustus, But if it is not for a few weeks we are heading that way in two weeks time with a caravan and nissan patrol. So we can let you know what the road conditions are like, if you like?? Also the Mt. Augustus Resort is now back open for business.
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Follow Up By: Owen A - Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 22:13

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 22:13
Thanks follow up, we are heading off from Busselton on 3 July, with 2 days at Geraldton. Then up to Mt Augustus, then Karajini & then Coral Bay & Quabba. Hope you have a safe trip. We would appreciate any info from on your trip.
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Reply By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 07:34

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 07:34
Mt Augustus seems to be the flavour of the month. We are heading that way in Aug. See this thread for more info Gascoyne Junction to Karajini
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