Gold Coast to Perth

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 29, 2012 at 21:31
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Hello Folks. I leave the GC on Saturday morning on my way to Perth - a 7 day trip my planning tells me. My original route was the shortest I could make it but the flooding that has occurred in NSW has forced a rethink that will still allow me to arrive on schedule.

My original plan was from GC stopping at Goondiwindi/Bourke/Cockburn/Minnipa/Border Village/Norseman/Perth (via Coolgardie)

The closure of the Kamilaroi Hwy between Brewarrina and Walgett on the way to Bourke forced a major reversion and this is the new route.

GC stopping at Goondiwindi/Nyngan/Cockburn/Minnipa/Border Village/Norseman/Perth (via Coolgardie).

The RTA Live Traffic website has been very helpful but are there any issues that I might not have forseen? I'm traveling in my '04 Patrol and have all the camping gear and am happy to go off road. All I need is a clear road.
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Reply By: Rod W - Thursday, Mar 29, 2012 at 22:12

Thursday, Mar 29, 2012 at 22:12
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Reply By: Leo M - Thursday, Mar 29, 2012 at 23:26

Thursday, Mar 29, 2012 at 23:26
You will enjoy the trip I've done the same from Goldcoast back in Nov and still here.
It took me 5 days traveling during the day.
If you drive at night watch out for kangaroos and others, camels and the others.

Cheers and have a safe trip.

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Reply By: lkgr - Thursday, Mar 29, 2012 at 23:45

Thursday, Mar 29, 2012 at 23:45
Enjoy the trip. I presume you have long range tanks. If so, ensure you fill up at Mundrabilla and that should be your last fill till you reach Norseman. Shell
Norseman has the cheapest fuel in that town. Fuel prices at other towns between Mundrabilla and Norseman are close to $2.00 per litre.
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Follow Up By: Holden4th - Friday, Mar 30, 2012 at 07:40

Friday, Mar 30, 2012 at 07:40
Thanks for the replies so far.

I've got the standard 90L main tank and the sub tank giving me about 120L. Someone told me that this should give me at least 1000kms. Would that be right?

Also, I won't be doing any night driving. I've divided the journey up into about 600/650 km sections with a stop every two hours. If I leave at about 8 in the morning I should get to the next stop at about 3 in the arvo.
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Follow Up By: Holden4th - Friday, Mar 30, 2012 at 07:47

Friday, Mar 30, 2012 at 07:47
I"ve just checked and Mundrabilla is 650 kms from Norseman. If I fill at Border Village I should make it easily. From memory there are two place you can fill up around there. One is considerably cheaper than the other and that Eucla is definitely the better option. Can anyone confirm that?
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Follow Up By: didjabringabeer - Friday, Mar 30, 2012 at 11:42

Friday, Mar 30, 2012 at 11:42
Hi Fuel will proberly be way over $2 now. Last Sept when we drove across I did my fill ups at Norseman,Mundrabilla and Penong have a 120lt tank. did pull in a
couple of other places for toilet stops and checked fuel prices and they were over $2 then.
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Follow Up By: didjabringabeer - Friday, Mar 30, 2012 at 11:42

Friday, Mar 30, 2012 at 11:42
Hi Fuel will proberly be way over $2 now. Last Sept when we drove across I did my fill ups at Norseman,Mundrabilla and Penong have a 120lt tank. did pull in a
couple of other places for toilet stops and checked fuel prices and they were over $2 then.
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Follow Up By: Stuart SA - Friday, Mar 30, 2012 at 12:32

Friday, Mar 30, 2012 at 12:32
We have made the trip across from Adelaide to Perth a number of times. The last time being at Christmas. The cheapest fuel is at Penong & Mundrabilla.
On our return trip back to Adelaide, Mundrabilla had no unleaded fuel and Penong had no Diesel, fortunately we had enough diesel to drive to Ceduna. I do not know how often this happens but it maybe something you need to take into consideration.
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Follow Up By: Member - John and Lynne - Friday, Mar 30, 2012 at 14:03

Friday, Mar 30, 2012 at 14:03
At this time a couple of years ago we found it safest to fill up whenever fuel was available and to never let our tanks get really low. A couple of places we struck then had problems - one ran out of diesel and another was waiting for someone to (eventually) come from Kal to fix a broken pump so we couldn't get any there! It is better to have fuel than to fuss about a few extra cents per litre when you are out in that country and can face the prospect of being stuck for days. Lynne
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Reply By: Member - Bentaxle - Saturday, Mar 31, 2012 at 22:17

Saturday, Mar 31, 2012 at 22:17
An alternative route to Perth is the Norseman to Hyden road its dirt for about 2/3rds but in good condition and will save you a fair bit of travel time.
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Follow Up By: Holden4th - Friday, Apr 06, 2012 at 20:08

Friday, Apr 06, 2012 at 20:08
Great call. When I got to Norseman last night I talked to a couple of locals who said that this was the way to go so I did it. I reckon I knocked at least 90 minutes off the journey. The only protest was from my GPS which kept telling make to make a U turn for at least 200 kms. The road was a bit corrugated at first but the grader hadn't been through for a while The rest was good gravel/dirt.

On the subject of fuel. All the way to Ceduna diesel was in the $1.50/$1.60 range. As mentioned, this all changed on the Nullarbor Border Village was $2.00 and the cheapies (Eucla and Mundrabilla) were still $1.90. Norseman was $1.61 at the Shell and both the Caltex and the BP were $1.63. Sanity has been restored in Perth.

Thanks for all the advice.

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