carawine to Nullagine and karajini

Submitted: Tuesday, Mar 22, 2011 at 16:18
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I am planning a trip to the Pilbara, and because we will be visiting Woodie Woodie, would like some information on the unsealed roads.

I realize that they are probably impassable and closed at the moment, but will be doing the trip in late June.

The tracks I would like some information on are...Carawine to Nullagine, and then Nullagone to karajini via Ausski roadhouse.
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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Tuesday, Mar 22, 2011 at 16:38

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2011 at 16:38
Hi Grant,
Did some of those roads in 08 and 09 - have a look at our blogs for those years.

The road from Nullagine to Carrawine is good gravel - a fair bit of mining traffic, so well maintained. It is also very scenic. Not sure if there is a direct road from Nullagine to Auski. From Woodie Woodie I think your best option would be to go from WW to Marble Bar (all sealed) then via Hillside and Woodstock to the Great Northern Hway. In 08 the western end of the Woodstock road was a bit rough but no real problems. Otherwise south from Nullagine to Newman - good gravel, then its bitumen all the way to Karajini.

Its great country up that way.


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Reply By: Member - Derek Jones - Tuesday, Mar 22, 2011 at 17:12

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2011 at 17:12
Last in the area in 2009.

Not sure of your time limits but look at WW to Carawine (all bitumen apart from track into Carawine) and then back track to Running Waters for thermal dip and onto Skull Springs. Both of these last two are on Skull SPrings Rd to Nullagine.

The ranges running either side of the Skull Springs Rd are pretty awesome sights and would be a marginally better sight than those running alongside the WW to Marble Bar Rd IMO.

Skull Springs Rd always seems to be in pretty good nick for an outback rd although there are some creek beds and sharp turns that can creep up on you if you get distracted.

From there to Auski you can go one of three ways - up to Marble Bar and across to Great Northern Highway via Woodstock. Road was pretty good 2 yrs ago.

Or turn right off Nullagine/Newman Rd at Bonney Downs and out to Great Nthn Highway via Woodstock.

Or Turn Right off Nullagine/Newman Rd just after Roy Hill and directly out to Auski Roadhouse.

All good country, in a different way.
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Reply By: Cheeky1 - Tuesday, Mar 22, 2011 at 17:15

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2011 at 17:15
Hi Grant, I'm considering the same trip myself in early July.
I'll probably be taking the Munjinna - Roy Hill Road through to Auski.
I was going to post the same q's regarding the road conditions. The only thing left is the Munjinna - Roy Hill Road conditions - are they generally good or otherwise in June and July?
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Reply By: Uncle-Laurie - Tuesday, Mar 22, 2011 at 19:32

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2011 at 19:32
The roads from Marble Bar to Woodstock via Hillside stn and Hillside thru to Nullagine are regularly maintained bÿ '''jacko'''the shire grader driver and he is a very good operator.
While we worked at Hillside in 2008 for six months, he would regularly leave all his gear at the station while he took his 4 days off to head in to Marble Bar. Before setting out on his next 10 days of grading we would top up his water supply for him.

cheers Unc
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Reply By: Member - Bucky - Wednesday, Mar 23, 2011 at 06:02

Wednesday, Mar 23, 2011 at 06:02
20 months back the road from Carowine Gorge to Nullagine (Scull Springs Road) was a great gravel road, and back into Marble Bar was also good.
Just gotta look out for mine trucks.

Drop your tyre pressures down to 25 PSI, your speed down 70 - 80 km/hr
and enjoy the hills.


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Reply By: Millsy - The Uteshed(WA) - Wednesday, Mar 23, 2011 at 11:49

Wednesday, Mar 23, 2011 at 11:49
Carawine is on Pastrol Land so get permiission first as that time of year the station will be mustering cattle.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bucky - Thursday, Mar 24, 2011 at 06:32

Thursday, Mar 24, 2011 at 06:32
You are correct, sorry I missed that bit !

They were actually mustering when we were there in 09, and didn't seem to mind us there.
But you have a valid point, it certainly does not hurt to ask permission, it's only common coerteousy


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Reply By: Col WA - Thursday, Mar 24, 2011 at 15:49

Thursday, Mar 24, 2011 at 15:49
Hi Grant,
As above all tracks and roads are well maintained. You will cross the oakover river, this seams to have water in it all year round about 800ish mm when we crossed it. Eel Pool (running waters) is a good camp site if needed.
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