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Old 12-04-2011, 02:39 PM   #1
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Route advice please, Perth to the Gun Barrel Hwy

As the title says I am after what is thought to be the best route (read lest bitumen ) from Perth to the start of the Gun Barrel Hwy at Wiluna. Nickj and I are riding from Perth to Bathurst to start the APC, not being from WA any help would be very much appreciated.

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Old 12-04-2011, 05:32 PM   #2
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Hey mate! This is my first post after lurking in the shadows , but as I am from over this way I might be of some assistance. What exactly are you seeking? Do you want more dirt/graded roads , or more easy riding bitumen?

As I have not kept up with different meetings ect, when is the APC held as you are entering some hostile environment on the trek!

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Edit: bah first post and I made a Dick of myself and got my mid west towns ballsed up!

Not familiar territory for me that way sorry!

As you were :)

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Old 12-04-2011, 06:02 PM   #3
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If keeping it relatively direct... (dirt roads in yellow)

Perth
Koorda
Mouroubra Rd (145kms)
Paynes Find
Paynes Find/Sandstone Rd (230kms)
Sandstone
Sandstone/Wiluna Rd (200kms)
Wiluna

These dirt roads are quite easy IMHO. There are plenty other ways to get to Wiluna... maybe invest in Roads & Tracks, Western Australia by Quality Publishing Australia $35 (http://qualitypublishing.com.au/order.php) as it seems to be the most common map book used by advers in WA.
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Old 12-04-2011, 06:04 PM   #4
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Hey mate! This is my first post after lurking in the shadows , but as I am from over this way I might be of some assistance. What exactly are you seeking? Do you want more dirt/graded roads , or more easy riding bitumen?

As I have not kept up with different meetings ect, when is the APC held as you are entering some hostile environment on the trek!

Cheers

Edit: bah first post and I made a Dick of myself and got my mid west towns ballsed up!

Not familiar territory for me that way sorry!

As you were :)


No worries ha ha. Welcome to the site anyway


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Old 12-04-2011, 06:05 PM   #5
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If keeping it relatively direct... (dirt roads in yellow)

Perth
Koorda
Mouroubra Rd (145kms)
Paynes Find
Paynes Find/Sandstone Rd (230kms)
Sandstone
Sandstone/Wiluna Rd (200kms)
Wiluna

These dirt roads are quite easy IMHO. There are plenty other ways to get to Wiluna... maybe invest in Roads & Tracks, Western Australia by Quality Publishing Australia $35 (http://qualitypublishing.com.au/order.php) as it seems to be the most common map book used by advers in WA.
Thanks farcall thats awesome just what I was after. I will chase the book up as advised and check it out. Thanks again

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Old 12-04-2011, 06:41 PM   #6
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No worries TB, glad to help out

Based on my GBH ride in May 2008, be prepared for...

A little bit of deep sand just east of Carnegie
Gazillion flies
Gazillion corrugations (of the 'bastard' kind)
Some sections of slappy sticks (as described by many on the CSR)
Not to see another traveller
No water (at the bores)... may have been rectified nowadays... dunno
Watch out for mini termite mounds (aka concrete blocks ) obscured by spinifex when moving from one wheel rut to the other
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Old 12-04-2011, 06:54 PM   #7
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No worries TB, glad to help out

Based on my GBH ride in May 2008, be prepared for...

A little bit of deep sand just east of Carnegie
Gazillion flies
Gazillion corrugations (of the 'bastard' kind)
Some sections of slappy sticks (as described by many on the CSR)
Not to see another traveller
No water (at the bores)... may have been rectified nowadays... dunno
Watch out for mini termite mounds (aka concrete blocks ) obscured by spinifex when moving from one wheel rut to the other

Thats gold mate, just what we are after actually. Thanks again am looking forward to it

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Been a while , but are the Paynes/Sandstone and Sandstone/Wiluna roads sealed as yet?

Will be one hell of an adventure for you TB , am jealous as hell ! [and cheers for the welcome!]
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Been a while , but are the Paynes/Sandstone and Sandstone/Wiluna roads sealed as yet?

Will be one hell of an adventure for you TB , am jealous as hell ! [and cheers for the welcome!]
They weren't 2 years ago and I doubt they are now.

We stayed at Lake Mason in one of the old wooden shearers cabins(?). I'd swear the place was haunted!
Either that or there was gangs of wildlife jumping under the floorboards and wind creaking the tin sheets on the roof

Next time I'll pitch my tent - a lot more comfortable!

But you can get a hot shower if you're prepared to start the wood heater up.
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Old 12-05-2011, 05:51 AM   #10
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Spoke to a mate tonight who'd been up that way recently... still dirt.

No ghosts when I was there Paves. But maybe the 20 stubbies before hitting the far.... errr... passing out, meant I would have slept thru WW3
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Old 12-06-2011, 02:10 AM   #11
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I rode that route on my latest ride, its dirt not far from Goomalling to Wiluna. See ride report page 97 of Aus thread.
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Old 12-06-2011, 03:07 AM   #12
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I rode that route on my latest ride, its dirt not far from Goomalling to Wiluna. See ride report page 97 of Aus thread.
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They weren't 2 years ago and I doubt they are now.

We stayed at Lake Mason in one of the old wooden shearers cabins(?). I'd swear the place was haunted!
Either that or there was gangs of wildlife jumping under the floorboards and wind creaking the tin sheets on the roof

Next time I'll pitch my tent - a lot more comfortable!

But you can get a hot shower if you're prepared to start the wood heater up.
The wife and I have actually spent time 'round 'Sandy' but not the Wiluna way. I distinctly remember in the 90's at the Sandstone pub that a mob of Govt. suits rolled up and provided free beers and lunch.

For a couple of people who had been camping in the desert for a month, this was gold! The reason for the free lunch? An announcement that they were going to seal the roads to Wiluna and across to Leinster!

Long term was to keep going to Qld , but as that will never happen , I thought with the resource crazy going on the desert dwellers may have got a real road!

... and yep , just like 'Mason , we explored around Pinnacles and Dandaraga Stn and some of those old joints there are just plain spooky once the sun goes down.
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