marble bar hillside road

Submitted: Friday, Jul 09, 2010 at 18:24
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hi all.
just after any current info on the road from Marble Bar to Hillside then the Hillside Woodstock rd to the great northern hwy.We wish to visit marble bar and then head over to Karijini.
any info appreciated.
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Reply By: Member - Uncle (NSW) - Friday, Jul 09, 2010 at 18:58

Friday, Jul 09, 2010 at 18:58
They are currently running road trains out of Hillside loaded with cattle. You should find the road in good condition.

cheers Unc
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Reply By: Diesel 'n Dust - Saturday, Jul 10, 2010 at 00:19

Saturday, Jul 10, 2010 at 00:19
Allo there!

After a heavy downpour last night I guess the Hillside/Woodstock Rd may be flooded in parts.

Due to BHP's construction of their duplicated rail line you may experience heavy loads or greater traffic. The BHP line is 10km east from the Great Northern Highway. I know this part of the track well. Also the FMG rail line is slightly further east from BHP's line.

I have not driven from Marble Bar to the Great Northern ( one of my regrets whilst i did live up here) along this road (except from Woodstock Community)

Approaching the first rail line (from the east) you will hit the FMG line first. It is sign posted for directions to either Newman or Port Hedland.

Apart from the condition of the road you shouldn't have any issues.

Just don't forget Sub, at a minesite (Cloudbreak) further south it poured for a couple a hours last night and by driving around today it's quite sloppy.

Take care and enjoy the Country!

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Reply By: Member - Driverdon - Monday, Jul 12, 2010 at 07:07

Monday, Jul 12, 2010 at 07:07
Hi Sub, I presume your coming from Broome end. I can't give you current info but I used to use that road regularly from Karajini to Broome and is a great drive weather permitting.
I used to leave Karajini Thru Auski towards Hedland, turn up the Hillside Rd. Camp at the Shaw river xing (nice clean sand) then thru to Marble Bar and then down the Marble Bar - Pt Hedland Rd turn right onto the Bamboo Crk Trk then down the Muccan Shay Gap Trk across the De Grey River (Check levels) then onto Boreline Rd that takes you out to the Pt Hedland Broome Rd (Gt Northern Hwy) About 200m from the main drag is a artesian bore on w/side of track good spot 4 a cuppa. (Hope it doesn't sound too confusing but look at a map)
Have seen all sorts of wild life on most trips and on some none. But beats the hell out of the bitumen Word of caution. BE CAREFULL WITH NAVIGATION!!!
Not a good area to get lost. . . . I haven't been on the track for 4 years and poor to no signage when I used to drive it. I'm Leaving 4 trip up North this week and will be going thru there.
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Follow Up By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Monday, Jul 12, 2010 at 09:06

Monday, Jul 12, 2010 at 09:06
Hi Don,
We tried to get out along the Bamboo Creek Mine road once and they would not let us through. We went through Kitty's Gap - that was a rough kilometre or two.
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Follow Up By: Member - Driverdon - Monday, Jul 12, 2010 at 12:24

Monday, Jul 12, 2010 at 12:24
Hi Willie, The road is also called the Woodie Woodie Rd but it goes out to Bamboo Creek turn off and thats why we called Bamboo Ck Rd. There are a few private Rds in the area.
You need turn off the Woodie Rd to the east to get out to Bamboo Ck Coming from the South you turn Due North onto the Muccan Shay Gap Track about 10km after the Bamboo Turn off. . . . Probably not explaining it very well but I have the route logged into my gps as well as my brain.
It's easey to get confused out there. . . the first couple of times I went thru there and had to do a couple of u turns when I missed a corner.
As I said it's a great drive I used to love it even after about 30 trips.

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Reply By: wato35 - Monday, Jul 12, 2010 at 08:12

Monday, Jul 12, 2010 at 08:12
Hi Sub

Whats the reason for going to Marble Bar? Not much there and very expensive.
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Follow Up By: Snowbunny - Monday, Jul 12, 2010 at 15:20

Monday, Jul 12, 2010 at 15:20
It's called travelling and exploring.
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Follow Up By: sub - Monday, Jul 19, 2010 at 09:24

Monday, Jul 19, 2010 at 09:24
reminissing. 31 years ago had 19th birthday in the nullagine pub.doing some work out around the old woodie woodie mine and all around that area for a couple of years.
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