Our Melbourne-Broome dash

discomatt

Well-Known Member
#1
In 6 weeks Liza and I head off to do Kimberly and Kakadu on a 6-7 week trip.
We are planning to drive to Broome as quick as possible without burning ourselves out so we can spend more time north.
Plan is to do 700-1000km / day for the most of the run up.
Most of the trip is straight forward and easily planned but the bit from Leinster to Meekatharra we have 2 options.
Go up toward Wiluna and the start of the Canning and across to Meekatharra which has about 180km of dirt and a total of 350km OR
go out to Mt Magnet via black top and up to Meekatharra and a total of nearly 500km.

Who has done this stretch and what are road conditions like?
 

Spooner

Well-Known Member
#2
We are planning to drive to Broome as quick as possible without burning ourselves out
Thats about 5,000 klm one way off the top of my head. Hope you both have a great trip , at least you have a comfy car to do it in.
Take care and don't rush too much , Fatigue will catch up with you if you push it and what you saved on travelling time to get there , you will lose at the other end recovering because you will be rooted ;)
 

sharkcaver

Well-Known Member
#3
In 6 weeks Liza and I head off to do Kimberly and Kakadu on a 6-7 week trip.
We are planning to drive to Broome as quick as possible without burning ourselves out so we can spend more time north.
Plan is to do 700-1000km / day for the most of the run up.
Most of the trip is straight forward and easily planned but the bit from Leinster to Meekatharra we have 2 options.
Go up toward Wiluna and the start of the Canning and across to Meekatharra which has about 180km of dirt and a total of 350km OR
go out to Mt Magnet via black top and up to Meekatharra and a total of nearly 500km.

Who has done this stretch and what are road conditions like?
700/100Km's a day for a week isn't too bad. Should pose no drama's I reckon. Unless it's rained and a cyclone has come through, all these roads are very good. Why go to Meeka though? is there something specific to see?

If not, go to Wiluna and take the Wiliuna North Road. That will bring you out about 170KM's North of Meeka on the highway - why go in there unless you have to? And you can easily drop into well 1 of the CSR on the way ;)
 

discomatt

Well-Known Member
#4
5110 km to be exact but that depends on what rout we take. Would love to take 3 weeks to get to Broome but we can only stretch the time so far...
Planning to have a few days in Broome before we do Gibb River Rd. for R&R
 

discomatt

Well-Known Member
#5
700/100Km's a day for a week isn't too bad. Should pose no drama's I reckon. Unless it's rained and a cyclone has come through, all these roads are very good. Why go to Meeka though? is there something specific to see?

If not, go to Wiluna and take the Wiliuna North Road. That will bring you out about 170KM's North of Meeka on the highway - why go in there unless you have to? And you can easily drop into well 1 of the CSR on the way ;)
On our map the Wiluna North Road is a minor dirt rd so wasn't sure what conditions would be like, no point in saving 170km if you can only do 40km/h.
I am planning to check conditions with locals on our way through but thought I would get some good insider info before we left
 

loose cannon

Well-Known Member
#6
I've only driven the Wiluna to Meeka road once (3 years ago) and it was like a billiard table but have no idea how often they grade that road, maybe I got lucky.

If your target is Kimberley/Kakadu I'd suggest sticking to black top and a guaranteed good surface. IMHO it's pretty boring country, comparatively speaking, in that area but the closer to Newman you get the better it becomes. The inland Pilbara is quite beautiful and I'd be lead footing it past Meeka, Mt Magnet etc..
 

billolga

4x4 Earth Contributer
#8
In 6 weeks Liza and I head off to do Kimberly and Kakadu on a 6-7 week trip.
We are planning to drive to Broome as quick as possible without burning ourselves out so we can spend more time north.
Plan is to do 700-1000km / day for the most of the run up.
Most of the trip is straight forward and easily planned but the bit from Leinster to Meekatharra we have 2 options.
Go up toward Wiluna and the start of the Canning and across to Meekatharra which has about 180km of dirt and a total of 350km OR
go out to Mt Magnet via black top and up to Meekatharra and a total of nearly 500km.

Who has done this stretch and what are road conditions like?
Wiluna to Meekatharra is a breeze.
While your in Wiluna you might as well duck up to Well 1 (Can be a bit rough & there is not much to see) & North Pool (Nice place) & you can say you have done some of the Canning.:cool::D
 

dirvine

Active Member
#9
Discomatt we just did part of that last month with a D4 and 2.5T Caravan behind . We went via Kalgoorlie to Menzies, Sandstone and Mt Magnet then onto Meckathara. Call into Walga Rock out from Cue. Well worth the 40ks detour to see free rock art. Roads are all bitumen or VG dirt roads we went during the storms that came south from Broome so roads were very wet. You should have no problems. I sat om 100+ all the way
 

discomatt

Well-Known Member
#11
Why not go vis Alice springs. ?
Tamani track. Come out West of halls creek.
We are coming home down through the centre so wanted to heap up a different way, time and km are roughly the same.
At this stage we are thinking up to Wiluna, then the start of the Canning, why? because we can!! check out Well 1, stay at North Pool and head up Wiluna Nth rd. to come back onto the black top north of Meekatharra.
All dependant on current road conditions of coarse, will make some calls to local services just before we leave home and double check as we go through Leister and Wiluna.
I upgraded the wheels and tyres on the D4 for a reason:D
 

sharkcaver

Well-Known Member
#12
On our map the Wiluna North Road is a minor dirt rd so wasn't sure what conditions would be like, no point in saving 170km if you can only do 40km/h.
I am planning to check conditions with locals on our way through but thought I would get some good insider info before we left
That maybe so, but its a 100+ KM'h road, once you take the dodging of cattle out of the equation. I am giving you the insider information. I thought that's what you asked for?

As I said prior, all these roads are excellent, unless its rained.
 

discomatt

Well-Known Member
#13
I am giving you the insider information. I thought that's what you asked for?
That's exactly what we are after, will be taking your advise and going that way unless there are bad reports from locals closer to the date. Thanks for the tips.:)
Any other bits we should be checking out while racing through?
 

boobook

Well-Known Member
#14
Matt. Don't discount flying to Broome and hiring a Britz. I't a bloody long way, even if you are used to long trips. That's the way I would do it next time. More relaxing and almost exactly the same cost when you add everything up like extra kms. a service, wear and tear, they tyres, fuel and accommodation on the way and back Just a thought.

It's not the trip there that's a problem, it's driving home..
 
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shanegtr

Well-Known Member
#15
I've done the Wiluna nth road a couple of times in the last few years. Both times its been excellent with only a few minor rough patches. Even heading out on the gunbarrel from wiluna the gravel road was excellent. Not sure if its just the Shire of Wiluna maintains their gravel roads really well or they just dont see that much traffic.
 

boobook

Well-Known Member
#19
To be fair to the others Shane, I think I'm the only one talking about flying. But after having done the Kimberley and the Cape from Melbourne, I can tell you that all is good on those long trips till you "round the turn" to come home. Once that happens, everyone has had enough and is busting to get home in a mad dash.

The 5 - 6 000 kms is a long way home to drive, when the alternative is to spend a week extra relaxing at the location you are visiting. Economically its about the same cost.

Anyway it's just a suggestion.
 

shanegtr

Well-Known Member
#20
All good, Im just having a sly dig;) For me the journey is not just a way to get to a destination but is part of the appeal of getting away, I love driving anywhere! Most people where I live would rather fly to Perth than drive, give me a couple days on the road over flying anyday of the week
 
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