Sandstone to Meekatharra Road

Submitted: Monday, Mar 12, 2012 at 15:23
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Does anyone know if this road is bitumen or gravel as shortly I am going to Newman from Kalgoorlie
Thanks in advance
Ian
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Reply By: Member - Doug T (NT) - Monday, Mar 12, 2012 at 17:36

Monday, Mar 12, 2012 at 17:36
Was dirt most of the way when I travelled it November 2006 and I don't think it would have changed at all, the surface was reasonably good, but the attraction for me was the Meteor Impact site called "Yarrabubba" of some 1000 million years ago, over the time the erosion has exposed the melt core, the outer 10 Klm plus rim has gone. It's other name is Barlangi Rock.

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Follow Up By: Member - Ian F (WA) - Monday, Mar 12, 2012 at 17:46

Monday, Mar 12, 2012 at 17:46
Thanks for the info Doug, may be worth while having a look.
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Reply By: Member - Serendipity(WA) - Monday, Mar 12, 2012 at 18:09

Monday, Mar 12, 2012 at 18:09
Drove up that road last year from Sandstone to Meekatharra. Good gravel road - well most of it. As with any remote gravel road you will need to slow for dips and creek crossings, and there may be some water damage from last winter.

We sat on 80km most of the way with no problems but only in a landcruiser not towing.

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Follow Up By: Member - Ian F (WA) - Monday, Mar 12, 2012 at 18:31

Monday, Mar 12, 2012 at 18:31
Thanks Serendipity,
Even though I have lived around Kal for most of my life any info is good as the scenery changes over the years . Mining has changed the landscape somewhat as well.
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Reply By: Motherhen - Monday, Mar 12, 2012 at 18:33

Monday, Mar 12, 2012 at 18:33
As said, a dirt road, but one the locals use it regularly to go to Meekatharra for shops and services.


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Reply By: wendys - Monday, Mar 12, 2012 at 20:39

Monday, Mar 12, 2012 at 20:39
We have used the Neds Creek route a couple of times, both towing the van. There is bitumen road to Wiluna, then the Neds Creek road cuts NW and joins the Highway between Meekatharra and Kumarina RH. It was a good dirt road when we used in - most recently in late 2007. It is the most direct way. We were put onto it when working at a construction site near Hedland - subbies from Leonora and Kalgoorlie used to use that route.
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Follow Up By: Member - Paul B (WA) - Tuesday, Mar 13, 2012 at 00:30

Tuesday, Mar 13, 2012 at 00:30
I'm with Wendy - Neds Creek is a much better option as it's far more direct and probably cuts off 300-odd km from the bitumen via Leinster & Mt Magnet, whereas Menzies to Sandstone to Meeka might save you 150km. Neds Creek is about 180km - about the same as Wiluna to Meeka whereas Menzies to Meeka via Sandstone would be 450+ I would think.

But that said it's not a bad road thru Sandstone, in the dry. After rain it'is pretty heavy going because lots of it is through saltbush country around salt lakes.

Maybe go up one way & back the other.

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Reply By: Member -Grundle (WA) - Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 at 18:30

Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 at 18:30
Hi Ian,I went though Newman last year(july),traveled Lienster,Wiluna,Neds creek to G N Hwy.Road was good for gravel.

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