View Full Version : Quick whip around some of WA

17-08-2011, 10:32 PM
So me and the missus managed to get time off at the same time so we decided to go on abit of a trip.

This is roughly the route we took http://maps.google.com.au/maps?saddr=ballajura&daddr=esperance+to:Israelite+Bay,+Western+Australi a+to:Esperance,+Western+Australia+to:Kalgoorlie,+W estern+Australia+to:Wiluna,+Western+Australia+to:N ewman,+Western+Australia+to:Tom+Price,+Western+Aus tralia+to:Exmouth,+Western+Australia+to:Coral+Bay, +Western+Australia+to:Denham,+Western+Australia+to :Geraldton,+Western+Australia+to:Ballajura,+Wester n+Australia&hl=en&sll=-27.894725,118.68753&sspn=23.531686,47.878418&geocode=FQkpGv4dI2roBilXmfHXnbEyKjGgPt81tfAEBQ%3BF atY-_0dgPFDBykBbQa9lzlbKjEAxnkkOPYABA%3BFUIF__0dEqlhBy lnVs17kyZZKjGQ2HkkOPYABA%3BFatY-_0dgPFDBykBbQa9lzlbKjEAxnkkOPYABA%3BFXjWKv4dJ489By lPpRKLxk9NKjHw1HkkOPYABA%3BFTIpav4dz3sqByn3JJOnrR-8KzEQ03kkOPYABA%3BFTibm_4d0_UiBymxp2J7FGySKzFAzXkk OPYABA%3BFTm3pf4d72gFByn_ajjOVlvyKzGgznkkOPYABA%3B FRxdsf4dlV7NBiltkdTS5bT-KzHwy3kkOPYABA%3BFV3lnv4dFRfIBikRyM662oz8KzGgz3kkO PYABA%3BFe1bdP4dnWnEBimZMFpzmALhKzGwz3kkOPYABA%3BF Z30SP4d4c3UBikDOjxwwETaKzEQ3HkkOPYABA%3BFQkpGv4dI2 roBilXmfHXnbEyKjGgPt81tfAEBQ&mra=ls&vpsrc=0&t=h&z=6 There is a few little shortcuts and offshoots that we did that google maps dont recognise but thats the general route.

First of all we teamed up with Brad in his Navara and Headed from Perth to Esperance.
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After an overnight stay at Craigs (CRB) place. We all geared up and met up with Brett and started to head towards Israelite Bay.
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No more than 5kms from Esperance my Brake Light, Dash Cluster and Horn stopped working (this is called the safety fuse for everyone playing at home) Here is me trying to work that out.
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Then we boxed on and got to the start of the track to be met with this.
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About 2m into the track
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Which turned out to be a common theme
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Several water crossings and about 180kms later we arrived at The old Telegraph station. They really knew how to build back in those days. Its still a very solid structure even without a roof. I must say I was very dissapointed with the rubbish and graffiti to the site.
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Then It was camp for the night
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Great spot to camp it was abit chilly but we kept warm with bit of Rekorderlig Warm Cider (for those that havent tried it. You Should) And a couple of Single Malts.

Next morning we did abit of exploring around the area and came across Cookes Cottage still standing and in great condition despite being over 100 years old.
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We also found the old postmasters gravesite.
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It was then time to head back towards Esperance. I had a few dramas on this trip with the ranger refusing to boost. I did abit of investigating and fount it to be water in the wastegate diaphragm but we sorted it out and kept moving with no further dramas for the rest of the trip.

On the way back we decided to head through Cape Le Grand and Wylie bay
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Up the big rock
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On the big rock
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Down the big rock
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Thats about it for that part of the trip I will do a new post for the next part so stay tuned. Overall Israelite Bay was sensational and I will head back one day for sure. If you are ever in the area make sure to check it out.

17-08-2011, 10:33 PM
So after Esperance it was time to head north.

First we popped into Kalgoorlie. I used to live there and my wife had never seen it so She wanted abit of a look.
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Not alot to see there other than a big hole in the ground. We also did a couple of other small touristy things and topped up supplies.

I decided to put in a big day and drive till I was sick of it. Made it to about 100kms south of Newman. Covering about 1250kms for the day
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Missus decided she needed to do yoga before starting out on the next days travels
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So it was off to Newman, Arriving about 830 we booked ourself on the BHP Mine site tour.
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It was about 1130 by the time we finished that so we did some driving around Newman and decided to hit the road again bound for Karijini National Park.
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After our stop enjoying the gorges and the swimming holes. The plan was to head to Mount Augustus but there had been quite alot of rain in the area and it was pretty hard going according to a couple of other travellers. Decided to play it safe and head for the coast Via Tom Price and Mount Nameless

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Mount Nameless was abit of fun to climb up and gives a great View of Tom Price which is probably abit of an oxy moron but again. If in the area you should take half an hour and do it.. Next Instalment will cover the Coast and the drive home.

17-08-2011, 10:33 PM
So that Brings us to Exmouth. One of my favourite spots in WA. We Caravan parked it here as we were pretty keen on a hot shower.

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Me sulking that I forgot my fishing rod
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We did the drive across the Cape Range which was pretty slow going in places but the recent rains made it worth it for the wildflowers alone!

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From Exmouth it was off to Denham (Shark Bay)

Quick Stop in Coral Bay
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That brings us to Denham. Caravan Park again here as they are pretty hot on Camping in the area.

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The colours here during sunset were sensational.
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Stopped in at Monkey Mia to meet the resident dolphins

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From here the plan was to Head to Murchison Offroad Adventures and then on to Wagoe. However I had abit of a problem with the cover on the roof top tent failing and with the rain around and the cover continually popping off. It made it hard to continue so we decided to head straight home.

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We did stop at a few little scenic spots on the way though and im glad we did as we were lucking to meet this little clan

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Over all it was a great trip with a little under 5500 kms travelled in 11 Days. I cant wait for my next trip and im glad to be doing it in a ranger. Aside from the little hiccup when she got abit wet she really was flawless and did everything I asked of it. Even when I put in the big day I didnt pull up sore or uncomfortable in anyway..

17-08-2011, 11:03 PM
Thats a pretty awesome trip mate, bummer about the roof top failing and forgetting your fishing rod.

17-08-2011, 11:06 PM
I should add. That I went to the Ironman warehouse they took one look at it and replaced it no questions asked. Brand new cover and zip. I can see the new one is 100% better quality. Looks like the zipper on the first cover I had may have just been abit of a dud.

Tent is awesome. Pissing down with rain and blowing a gale we stayed warm and dry.

17-08-2011, 11:10 PM
Ah what a good trip .... would love to do something like that with the missus sometime :) 4.8 patrol is pretty "good" on fuel :)

17-08-2011, 11:30 PM
Good to see all the pics , pity I wasnt in town when you came through but I had to help out a mate thats speshal ...

17-08-2011, 11:35 PM
Haha I did pass by the workshop. I bumped into Brad who clued me in to your whereabouts.

17-08-2011, 11:37 PM
Brilliant - Karajini is magnificent this time of year, everyone should do this trip at least once

good work!

18-08-2011, 12:02 AM
having lived in tom price for 3 years it still has a sentimental part in my "heart". nothing beat working from 7 - 330pm getting home to jump on the dirt bike for a ride up mt nameless.

i lost count how many times i rode that trail up. fantastic place for having a dirt bike.

18-08-2011, 07:54 AM
+1 grew up in the Pilbara, I the miss trips out to Karajini and over to Exmouth and Coral Bay.

Great thread mate, awesome pictures!

18-08-2011, 08:16 AM
You were in exmouth heading south and didnt go via the coast?

The old whaleing station is between Coral bay and exmouth, is an awesome drive between the two!

Other than that, covered some awesome ground!

18-08-2011, 08:26 AM
Ive driven that road before mys1. Yes its good and the wildflowers would have been sweet out there. But its corrogated as fuck. I crossed yardie and went to the first couple of camp sites and just about shook my teeth out on that section so decided against it.

18-08-2011, 09:13 AM
Ah fair bump! Its becoming more and more traveled now :(

stupid tourists!

18-08-2011, 09:23 AM
Gee now im jelous! Love big road trips like that . Great pics!!!

18-08-2011, 11:10 AM
This is definitely something that I have always wanted to do but never had the time/money. Is it important to go in a convoy or could you do something like this solo?

18-08-2011, 12:18 PM
Awesome photos mate! Now im itchin to go on holiday!

18-08-2011, 03:21 PM
Nice trip/pics.
How long would you reccomend stay in karijini? Planning a trip stopping in there mid next year

18-08-2011, 03:56 PM
Great trip, looks like loads of fun. Shame you missed out on getting to Murchsion Offroad :(

18-08-2011, 05:10 PM

The only part we didnt do solo was the Israelite Bay bit. It all depends how confident you are off road. Most of the places are sealed roads anyway aside from the 4wding detours we took. That said personally I prefer to go with at least one other couple as wife swa.... I mean talking around the fire at night is more interesting.


Karijini is a beautiful place and depending how much of it you want to see and how lazy you wanna be you could easily spend 3 or 4 nights there. If you just want to see it 1 day is enough.

18-08-2011, 05:13 PM
sweet trip and nice photos! Im planning one upto the Kimberleys for end of nov! I spent a week in Karijini and didnt get to see all the gorges! I did go in some twice though was taking photos.

BOSS 290
18-08-2011, 09:49 PM
Nice trip, I'm jealous. I'm heading up to Broome again at the end of this year. The road trip is 75% of the fun, the rest is sight seeing. If you can stomach the heat and humidity (and avoid the cyclones) it's very cheap to find accommodation.

30-04-2012, 05:56 PM
I was going to add this to a new thread or the show us your 4x4 thread but just decided to keep my little travels in one place.

Popped down to check out the huts and what not around the Northcliffe/Windy Harbour areas recently. Lovely part of the world even with all the burnt bits. Our fire fighters did a great job of protecting the older structures in the area thought. Really good spot for some easy offroading and well worth the look if you get the chance.

Crossing the Gardener
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Hut Hunting
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Fish Creek Hut
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Moores Hut
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MMM Salmon
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Some trees were still smouldering 5 weeks after the fire was "put out"
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Popped in and visited the Gnomes on the way home
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Its quite easy to forget how lucky we are to live where we do. When we have access to places like this only a few hours from home dont forget its there and enjoy it when you can and leave it how you found it if not better!

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03-05-2012, 06:10 PM
awesome thread

ill have to drag the wife along to the nextone you plan...

11-05-2012, 05:47 PM
What date did you do this trip? We just did North of Warren river and all the tracks were blocked because of the fires, not blocked enough for a patrol though ;)

11-05-2012, 08:05 PM
Um about 3 weeks ago. There were a few roads closed when we headed down there but were mostly open