Perth to Karratha - Quickest Time

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What's the quickest time you've done the Perth to Karratha or Karratha to Perth trip??? Thanks
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Reply By: Flighty ( WA ) - Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 16:26

Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 16:26
Bout an hour on Qantas, or about 18 hrs by car, or about 17 hrs on the bus,which way are you looking at ???.
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Follow Up By: PilbaraCamper - Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 16:27

Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 16:27
Sorry! I meant by car. Cheers
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Follow Up By: Flighty ( WA ) - Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 16:38

Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 16:38
Best I have done is about 18 hrs but I am not one to belt along at 120 k, as the blue light's are quite popular on the road, and stops are regular for me.
Save maybe 3/4 hr on the Indian ocean drive but hardly worth it as I keep slowin' down for the view.
Plenty of thing's for me to look at on a regular basis up & down the road, but no doubt it can be done quicker if really needed.
Enjoy your trip

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Follow Up By: pop2jocem - Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 16:39

Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 16:39
"an hour by Qantas".......ROFLMAO........it takes an hour to find a parking spot and get through the terminal.
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Follow Up By: PilbaraCamper - Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 16:42

Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 16:42
Oh yes I'm familiar with that haha. I live in Karratha and have some mates that want to drive up (as they may to get a loan for the flight prices!). I have done it a few times but that's with lots of stops and staying overnight at a few places - but have never done the trip in a day! Cheers
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Follow Up By: bazz - Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 17:20

Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 17:20
3 days towig my van, sitting on 85 ks cheers Bazz
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Follow Up By: Bush Wanderer - Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 17:38

Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 17:38
12.6 hours in 1990 when the ample servo owner organized the wa cannonball run. Really moving.
He had a porsche and did it in just over 9 hours. He was REALLY moving.
I used to drive it atleast 6 times per year but usual time was around 15-16 hours....1537kms to my family home. Got to learn just about every pot hole in those two years. Still moving quick.
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Saturday, Apr 21, 2012 at 16:56

Saturday, Apr 21, 2012 at 16:56
qantas would not do it in an hour - 1.5 to 2 hours

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Reply By: ExplorOz - Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 18:26

Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 18:26
Try the driving directions tool here on ExplorOz - its usually pretty accurate if you're looking for actual driving time, no sightseeing, stopping for lunch/camp etc.

It's in Places.
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Follow Up By: Bush Wanderer - Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 21:23

Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 21:23
StartWiluna
Finish Halls Creek
Distance 2006.22 km Minimum Days 16
Average Speed 43.05 km/hr Driving Time 1 day 22 hrs 36 mins


Csr figures are a touch out for driving time hehehehe.

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Reply By: steved58 - Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 21:22

Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 21:22
Did not go to Karratha but Tom Price similar distance 1600kms 16 hours but I had an incentive me in Tom Price my wife in Perth having a baby I left after work arrived after 16 hours just missed the birth But for you guys with more than one driver 17 to 18 hours no problems and no speeding tickets
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Reply By: Aussie Camper - Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 22:19

Friday, Apr 20, 2012 at 22:19
It took me 18 hours straight without a caravan, a lot longer if your towing
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Reply By: Ron N - Saturday, Apr 21, 2012 at 11:42

Saturday, Apr 21, 2012 at 11:42
I don't understand the reason for the original question. If you want to speed like buggery on that trip, good luck. The country speed limit is 110kmh in W.A., and it's rigidly enforced.
The Cops hammer country roads, because country roads feature highly in the road fatalities/injuries ratings. These W.A. traffic cops think they are part of California's Highway Patrol, and they even model their "candy cars" on the CHP. They will make life very difficult for you, if you think you can disobey speed limits in W.A.

45kmh over the limit in W.A. is an immediate "Reckless Driving" charge, and means immediate vehicle confiscation for 28 days. The WAPOL traffic dept takes its job seriously.
The W.A. traffic cops are disliked by the everyday beat cops, because they think nothing of booking speeding mates. You'd be surprised how many cops have their drivers licence suspended because of speeding.

The days are long gone, when you could floor it and make record time from point to point. When I was (much, much) younger, I owned a new HQ Holden 308 V8, and I'd never sit on less than 140kmh anywhere, and a lot of the time, 180-190km, when conditions were good.
The old HQ was set up for speed, and would do over 220kmh. I once outran (for over 30kms) a Shire Traffic Inspector in an E38 Charger, which was supposed to be good for 218kmh.

If I tried that nowadays, I'd make the evening news as the greatest traffic criminal around, and be paraded as a prime example of what the WAPOL want to jail.
If you want to cover lots of ground, fast - go by air, it's usually much much cheaper, anyway. If you can do Perth to Karratha in 18 hrs by road, that's a pretty good run.
There's a a vastly increased amount of traffic on the highway, than even 10 yrs ago. Roadtrains are frequent, and the number of passing lanes is inadequate.
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