Road North

Hi folks. Does anyone have any info on the roads north to Dongara.
I have heard there are road works on both the Indian Ocean road and Brand Highway.
We are heading up there in a few weeks and contemplating taking Brand Highway to avoid all the impatient idiots that use the coast road.
Can you tell me/us, which road has the least works going on and if the brand is a better choice.
Thanks again in advance for your help.

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 I would go brand either way

Mon, 2020-06-22 09:53

 I would go brand either way . Don't like Indian ocean drive at all

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 I am the same heading to

Mon, 2020-06-22 09:53

 I am the same heading to shark bay in 2 weeks & I will be going the brand hwy, to many idiots on that coast road.

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Same.

Mon, 2020-06-22 12:50

May see you up there, heading off on the 2nd july for ten days for our annual trip. Hope to get ahead of the crowd. Be safe driving.

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Denham or Shark Bay?

Tue, 2020-06-23 21:21

 Heading up on the 3rd to Denham for a week and a beer around a fire may be had!

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 There are only works on

Mon, 2020-06-22 10:20

 There are only works on Indian Ocean drive around Moore river to Seabird, clear after that pretty well. They are putting the finishing touches on the Lancelin turn off. Early morning run and you are sweet. 

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Indian Ocean Drive Ok

Mon, 2020-06-22 10:21

 Used Indian Oean Drive a few times recently, with last trip 2 weeks ago.  Yes, some roadworks between Guilderton and Lancelin. Adds about 5 mins to the trip.  No overseas tourists has made a big difference to the number of stupid things you would otherwise see.  Even the long weekend was fine; no issues at all.

 

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Brand Highway

Mon, 2020-06-22 11:29

 Last week there were road works for about 6km just north of Regans Ford on the Brand Hwy. It was 80kms per hour with two short work zones controlled by flagmen. My preference would be the Brand. Accessing the Brand from Tonkin Hwy is also now a bonus.

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 Brand all the way. Less

Mon, 2020-06-22 12:16

 Brand all the way. Less traffic, easier overtaking less idiot's 

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Thanks.

Mon, 2020-06-22 12:49

Thanks folks, as i thought. Was planning the Brand but was unsure about the road works.
cheers

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Caravans

Mon, 2020-06-22 13:09

 Another yes for Brand Highway, dozens of caravans coming through and they prefer Indian ocean drive for the views so you will get the better run through.

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Don’t go brand

Tue, 2020-06-23 12:04

Just came back other day from gero on brand . Absolutely shocking . Went coast road on way up easy . Add 1.5 hrs extra on drive if you go brand . 60 zones /40 zones everywhere closer you get to Perth even more of a nightmare

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 Like I said Indian Ocean

Tue, 2020-06-23 12:06

 Like I said Indian Ocean drive early morning is a good run, never had any dramas.

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 Anything early morning is

Tue, 2020-06-23 19:56

 Anything early morning is good imo or late at night!

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Agree

Tue, 2020-06-23 12:21

I wish I stuck to original plan. And came back way I went . Brand use to be good on way home to save half hour .

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Thanks.

Tue, 2020-06-23 14:32

Thanks for the comments. This is why i asked the question.
Someone told me the other day that the roadworks on the Brand were long and slow.
Just thought i would check.
Cheers.

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 like seakem said early

Tue, 2020-06-23 20:00

 like seakem said early morning is good or every second Sunday if you pick the right swing.

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Outback

Tue, 2020-06-23 15:54

Sounds like route prep for a remote adventure in the outback.

Some days you've just gotta select 4wd and send it. 

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