Overnight stops Great Northern Highway.

Submitted: Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 20:36
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Hi All
Heading up from Perth to the Kimberley shortly with a 20.6’ off road van and am looking for overnight camping areas at the following locations.
From Cue to around 50km north on the Great Northern Highway and
From Roy Hill to around 50km north also on the Great Northern Highway .

I have Wiki Camps but are seeking other suggestions.

Cheers Craig

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Reply By: bellony - Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 23:00

Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 23:00
All on Wiki but:
Cue - Lake Nallan is quite good for an overnight stay. Turn off before the parking area and go around the east side of the lake to get away from the road.
Mt Robinson and Albert Tognolini 24hr stops are quite good but they are before Auski. Have you considered going up via Marble Bar? always a scenic drive and should be very pretty with all the rain they have had this year.
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Follow Up By: Craig M1 - Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 00:16

Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 00:16
Hi ,
thanks for the Lake Nallan tip, sounds nice.

I have incorrectly referred to Roy Hill on GNH (it used to be) it’s actually on the Newman, Marble Bar road.
It’s between Roy Hill and south of Nullagine where I am looking for a camping spot.

Yes this road is a lovely drive . I have done the Marble Bar , Shay Gap , 80 Mile Beach several times.

Cheers Craig
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Follow Up By: bellony - Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 01:35

Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 01:35
Been a few years now but we camped immediately after the fortescue bridge on the west side. There was no access rd, just did a U turn into the gutter back towards the bridge and then into the bush along the river. Think it was all quite recent road works then so may be different now. We had camper trailers not a van, but a few years of use may of opened it all up. Worth keeping in mind.

PS Just looked up Wiki and it is listed as Chiefs Creek
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Follow Up By: Craig M1 - Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 19:35

Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 19:35
Thanks
Looks a nice spot and on the right location.
Cheers Craig
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 08:25

Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 08:25
We camped at a good spot, as flagged on attached map. Between road and railway line.



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Follow Up By: Craig M1 - Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 20:09

Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 20:09
Thanks Bob, looks great, I will check it out.
Cheers Craig
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Reply By: Joe Fury - Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 09:50

Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 09:50
G'day Craig

The Great Northern Highway (95 North) is a busy stretch of narrow tar, I've just made the Newman to Dalwallinu run with an overnight stay at Lake Nallan, then after a top up of diesel in Mount Magnet ($ 2: 20 cpl) at the only service station in town.

We had a smooth run to Dalwallinu, had to pull over hard left several times for the heavy wide loads being hauled up into the Pilbara, most times you can fluke a reasonable place to get off the tar seal, but with heavy rain and narrow dirt roadside shoulders it can be 'iffy' at times.

The old highway (138) Newman to Marble Bar is mostly bitumen but heavy wide loads are fairly common to the Roy Hill mine.

Safe travels : Joe




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Follow Up By: Craig M1 - Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 19:39

Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 19:39
Thanks Joe
Yes those wide loads can be pretty scary and that Highway is busy with them.
However I much prefer this drive to the Northwest Coastal Highway which I find boring in patches.
Hopefully it will be a bit drier in latr June to allow passing.
Cheers Craig
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Reply By: Dean K3 - Monday, May 16, 2022 at 14:22

Monday, May 16, 2022 at 14:22
Newman refuel get supplies then get out of town quick as you can !

Sandy creek 40 odd kms north along marble bar rd go over kalgan river crossing turn right follow your nose over mud pan towards tree line as name implies its sandy at creek and need to be 4wd capable incl van

Bilyn pool about 10 kms off highway along ashburton downs rd nice quiet spot. water levels could play a part though. (north of meeka)

closer to cue -better options for refuel than mt magnet

lake nallan as mentioned previously does get bit of road noise at night due to highway proximity

big bell 40 odd kms wets of cue up beringarra rd (think that name) go past turn off to Walga rock keep heading west

Always check local road conditions from the shire have a plan b if anything is closed maybe bit of rain over next few days in the area. (as of me typing 16/5)
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Follow Up By: Craig M1 - Monday, May 16, 2022 at 14:43

Monday, May 16, 2022 at 14:43
Thanks Dean
Sounds like some interesting spots. Will check them out.
Cheers Craig
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