Mitchell Plateau to Perth

Mitchell Falls Campground to Willare

I left the Mitchell Falls Campground about 6.45 a.m., refuelled at Drysdale River Station (diesel $2.05) and was on my way by 10.00 a.m. Not a race but no reason to hang around either.

The right rear tyre blew tyre between Kalumburu Road turnoff and Mt Barnett Roadhouse. It had been on the vehicle for only 750 kilometres – since I replaced the bulging sidewall tyre at Mt Barnett on the way up. Not happy! Effectively I had no spare tyre. I called into Over The Range Tyres a few kilometres further along the Gibb, chatted with Neville and bought a Mickey Thompson 285/75/16 with 50%+ tread for $100 plus fitting of $65. Good value considering the location and the time (Sunday).

What’s the best tyre for the Gibb? Neville made sure that his partner’s 4WD was shod with Bridgestone Duelers. Tyre choice is a never-ending discussion.

It was dark when I pulled into Willare and forked over $35 for an unpowered site. Basically paying for a shower! So I had two of them, one at night and one before I left in the morning. Still didn’t expunge the feeling that I had been ‘touched up’. I may be out of touch with prices but I’m certainly not out of touch with reality.

Willare to Sherlock River

Drive, refuel, drive, refuel with a break at South Hedland to buy food.

The small stopping place at the Sherlock River Bridge was a pleasant place to stop for the night.

I diverted from my run to Perth for a look at Millstream-Chichester National Park.

Being on a schedule I was unable to stop at points of interest  other than to confirm that Nanutarra is a ripoff. Fuel at Nanutarra Roadhouse was $1.85. At Pannawonica (way more remote) is was $1.61.

The Minilya 24 hour Stopping Campground was a convenient stop before heading to Perth.



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