Holland track condition

Submitted: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 19:12
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Has anyone recently travelled the Holland track? We hope to leave Perth Friday and head for Hyden then up the Holland track if possible. We are towing a 13ft. off road pop top with a 4.2 GU Turbo Patrol. Any info, greatfully received.
We will then spend some time in the goldfields and are look forward to then meeting other EO members at the gathering in Wiluna
Tom
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Reply By: Kanga1 - Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 20:26

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 20:26
Hi Tom. I was in Kalgoorlie 2 days ago talking to a Swiss couple in a Troopie like mine, they couldn't drive the HT as the Hyden Norseman road had been closed by the Shires, If it was that bad then the HT will be treacherous for a while yet, there are 3 Shires that the HT traverses, Dundas, Yilgarn and Kondinin, give them a shout for current road closures through that part of the world. Have a good trip. Kanga.
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Follow Up By: Member - Tom L (WA) - Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 20:51

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 20:51
Thanks Kanga, good idea I will check with the shires before leaving.
Happy travelling, Tom
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 05:32

Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 05:32
wouldnt bet on it - they close roads at the drop of a hat

Hyden had something like 5mm of rain and Norsman 12mm over 2 days

the Hyden - Norsman road would be kicking up plumes of dust for travelling on now
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Reply By: Member - Captain (WA) - Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 03:16

Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 03:16
Many years ago I tried towing my 13'6" Windsor Rapid Off-road van thru the Holland. While I made it, my awning, all my sidelights, roofclips, window and door didn't!!! The van also required both sides to be replaced. The track is not hard, its just the snaking around the trees that gets you and once you are committed there is no turning back and you have to skull drag the van around, or disconnect thru the wooded areas. Too many trees to disconnect for them all :(

Bottom line is, you will make it but at what cost?

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Follow Up By: get outmore - Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 05:28

Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 05:28
at least it made a good write up

wish i kept that mag. That was the first one I bought and on the strength of that article i thought id found a travel mag worth reading - but it dissapeared
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Follow Up By: Member - Duncan W (WA) - Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 09:30

Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 09:30
Davoe what mag was that?
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 15:07

Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 15:07
I forget its name - this was 5 years ago
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Reply By: Ozhumvee - Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 08:20

Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 08:20
Forget towing the van through you will trash it and don't go anywhere near the HT if it is at all wet as you will add to the already huge mudholes in places and may even get stuck. When we attempted it last year we had rain overnight and pulled out at the first opportunity. The mudholes all joined up and it became treacherous. You couldn't bypass the deep ones as you just slid in, I suspect the only reason we got out was because of the Humvee's wide track and huge ground clearance so we could straddle some, still had water up to the windscreen in a few holes though.
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Reply By: patrolmann - Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 16:58

Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 16:58
Hi Tom,
I went though from Perth to Hyden last Nov towing my Coromal 14 foot off roader and was told under no circumstances should anyone tow on the HT. The lady in the Kiosk at Wave Rock told me to take the Victoria Rock Road through to Coolgardie and then onto Kal where I was to meet my parents who took the black top all the way.
Don't listen to them. I did and the Victoria Rock Road was a rough, not maintained and rarely used track with big ruts and mud holes. The van was tossed around and not worth risking it. I had trouble pulling the van out of some of the deep holes that could not be avoided.
I would come right through to Norsman if you can get through. Its a good wide road when dry. Or stick to the black top and go around.
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 21:59

Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 21:59
up until what stage?

I have done the upper 1/2 of the vic rocks road a few times and it is a wide graded 100kph excellent gravel road
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Follow Up By: patrolmann - Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 22:25

Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 22:25
sorry i should have made that clearer.
The 40 ks or so from the Hyden turn off road heading towards Kal is rough and narrow and chewed up and took me 2 hours to get through. Eventually it turns into a wide nice hi speed road.
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 23:24

Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 23:24
ah ok i remember 5 years ago a mate went right down the vic rocks road and he commented it was pretty tough which surprised me I know it is good at least until where the woodlines from Cave hill come out a few ks south of where the holland track comes out onto it
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Reply By: Member - Tom L (WA) - Friday, May 21, 2010 at 00:19

Friday, May 21, 2010 at 00:19
Thank you all for your info. Really appreciated. I think I will follow my original inclination and head for Cape Range NP and try to catch some fish.
Tom
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