Track between Marble Bar and Grt Northern Hwy

Submitted: Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 20:27
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Can someone please tell me the name of the track that goes from Marble Bar to the Grt Northern Hwy just north of the Karijini NP. I'm thinking of diverting from my initial plan of heading straight to Newman from M/Bar. Is this track generally maintained?? In other words how rough is does it get?
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Deb
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Reply By: Dirt Princess - Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 20:36

Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 20:36
Sorry I meant also what is the quickest and best way across from Marble Bar to the Grt Northern Hwy? I would also like the names of the tracks/Roads if possible I have no GPS.
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Reply By: equinox - Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 20:37

Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 20:37
Hi Deb

I think the Muccan Shay Gap Road /Boreline Road is the one you are thinking of.

A good alternative to the bitumen though would be cautious in inclement weather, otherwise easily traversable and maintained.

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Follow Up By: Dirt Princess - Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 21:17

Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 21:17
Hi Alan
I am sorry I meant heading west across to Grt Northern Hwy from Marble Bar. I forgot the Hwy splits in two.
Thanks anyway
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Reply By: Member - Joe F (WA) - Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 21:28

Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 21:28
G'day Deb
The road you seem to be searching for is the "Hillside/Woodstock" road, it is an all weather gravel road, currently being flogged to death by the mining industry.

This road brings you right to/past the beuatiful "Glenn Herring Gorge" the on through the Ironstone Range and onto the Great Northern Highway, around 95ks north of Munjina roadhouse and the Karijini National Park.

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Follow Up By: Dirt Princess - Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 22:38

Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 22:38
Thanks Joe
How long is the road and how long to travel on it?
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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Monday, May 14, 2012 at 00:08

Monday, May 14, 2012 at 00:08
Hi

Road is 166km end to end. To clarify ..it is named the Hillside - Marble Bar Road (from Marble Bar to Hillside) and then changes to Woodstock - Hillside Road (from Hillside to Woodstock). The last 17km appears to be unamed (Woodstock to GT Nth Hwy).

No idea how long it will take you. Suspect at least 2 hours but that depends what are you driving, how fast or slow you like to go, how much of a hurry you are in at the time and a few other things.

Suggest you buy a map or two...good one for main roads/tracks in the area is Hema's Pilbara and Coral Coast Map.

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Follow Up By: aboutfivebucks (Pilbara) - Monday, May 14, 2012 at 15:40

Monday, May 14, 2012 at 15:40
We last drove this April last year. It took over 2 hours - towing a CT.
There are plenty of slowish bends, corners and creek beds to slow you down. The road was in good condition. A section in the last ~20kms has been re-routed to suit the second rail line and a rail camp.

We were passed by the HEMA mapping vehicle - which is good news - as the roads towards the western end were not correct on the current HEMA maps we were using. Maybe get hold of the latest HEMA info.

Have fun.
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Reply By: Motherhen - Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 21:50

Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 21:50
Hi Deb

We have been from Marble Bar north to the Great Northern Highway via the Boreline Road - a good and scenic dirt road, crossing the De Grey River with a shallow concrete crossing near Muccan Station. After a day in the heat of Marble Bar we jumped into the water to cool off :) The Boreline Road meets the Highway roughly 30 kilometres east of Pardoo RH. From reports from others since, the road is maintained.

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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 22:06

Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 22:06
Having re-read your question and update i see you are planning to come south not north, and Joe has given you the answer. We have not been through that way.

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Reply By: Ron N - Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 22:50

Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 22:50
Dirt Princess - The road you want is the Marble Bar-Hillside Road, it runs SW out of Marble Bar, passes the Comet Gold Mine, and crosses the Coongan and Shaw Rivers (along with quite a few big creeks in between).

The river crossings are O.K if it hasn't rained in recent times - and remember that an out-of season widespread thunderstorm can get them running.
You can keep up 80-90 kmh on most of the road. Watch out for livestock, this is station country, and it's unfenced, and there's wild donkeys in that area, too.

It's a basic dirt station road, and it can get windy and twisty in a number of places. It's on Google Maps, but the "Map" part of Google is way out on where the actual road is.
Go to Google, type in "Marble Bar", then click on "Satellite" and zoom in, and you can follow the road, it's clearly seen. You can also see where the "mapped" road and the actual road are often way out.

Some good pics here from other travellers -

http://www.flickr.com/photos/northern_wanderer/5086631298/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/86978295@N00/4799416502/in/photostream

Cheers - Ron.
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Reply By: Member - Lee & Arrabella A'Van - Monday, May 14, 2012 at 03:31

Monday, May 14, 2012 at 03:31
We travelled the Marble Bar-Hillside Road last year and it was in good order and it appeared to be graded on a regular basis.
It took us around 3 hours to get from Marble Bar to the Grt Northern Hwy just north of Auski Roadhouse. We did stop along the way to take photos and grab a snack.
It had some great scenery along the way too. I just love it up that way.
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Follow Up By: Dirt Princess - Monday, May 14, 2012 at 15:55

Monday, May 14, 2012 at 15:55
Lee
I just read your blog. So sorry to hear the news. I hope all things will go well in your solo journey. It is one of life's big adjustments and it takes time for your head to get grounded again. I'll remember you in my prayers.
And thanks for the info.
God Bless
Deb
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Follow Up By: Member - Lee & Arrabella A'Van - Monday, May 14, 2012 at 20:25

Monday, May 14, 2012 at 20:25
Thanks Deb,
It is a huge adjustment...going from being a wife, nurse and carer 24/7 to my time being my own 24/7.
That's why my first trip 'up north' to the pilbara in a couple of weeks will my time to wind down and come to terms with this solo living thing. or as you say ...get grounded...can't wait to find a little bit of water and shade to camp by for a few weeks.
Thanks for the kind thoughts...lovely to catch up on our travels one day.
You should love the country up there...one of my favourite places and i live in another of my most favourite placse.. the margaret river wine region.
Have fun
Lee
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Follow Up By: Dirt Princess - Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 11:38

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 11:38
Lee I'm just up the road a few ks N of Bunbury. It's a small world. And you're right the Southwest is my fav place to live too.
bye for now
Deb
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Reply By: Member - Doug T (NT) - Monday, May 14, 2012 at 09:21

Monday, May 14, 2012 at 09:21
On 15th October 2006 I escorted a truck with a D10 Dozer , I'm not sure if this is the track you need info on , if it is thr track to where he unloaded was quite good, I back tracked to Marble Bar after the job was done, the truck went on empty to Pardoo so if a truck and Float can get through there you should have no problems .

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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Monday, May 14, 2012 at 09:34

Monday, May 14, 2012 at 09:34
Hi Doug

Thats the Marble Bar Road, north of Marble Bar. Deb's request is a bit ambiguous but she appears to be talking about the track that heads west out of Marble Bar itself and hits the GT Northern Highway "north of Karijina" from where she want to proceed onto Newman. Debs initial plan was to just go south from Marble Bar through Nullagine and Roy Hill onto Newman.

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Reply By: Dirt Princess - Monday, May 14, 2012 at 15:15

Monday, May 14, 2012 at 15:15
Thanks everyone
Your responses are fantastic as always. I knew I would get the right answers here. I have the Camps 6 Astralia Wide, Gregory WA road map and Roads and Tracks Australia 2009 of which the latter seemed to be the better. It showed the road however not the ks or the corrigations etc. So your answers have been helpful. I will check with the locals when we arrive but just for the planning stage I have checked in with my team - you guys and girls out there who know this country through and through. And it's unanimous it is a good idea to do this track/road. I will update on the forum once I have completed the drive.
Cheers
Deb:)
PS. I will get a Hema map as this also seems to have the thumbs up with most people to. Thanks again.
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