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These were our trips for 2013 as we advertised them. Please click on the links below each for a summary of facts & figures.

 

Click here to see basic maps of the 2013 trips described below

Desert Updates

 

Ptilotus gaudichaudiiLen Beadell plaqueLizard

 

** Please note -: Final itineraries for all trips are dependent on permit approvals **

 

"SOUTH EAST GREAT VICTORIA DESERT"

OFF-ROAD TOUR

    A shorter tour through a variety of unique country and an extraordinary amount of human history spanning thousands of years, a very thought provoking tour on many levels. The environment of the Great Victoria Desert is like no other in the world. Huge Marble Gums, sprawling Mallees of massive proportions & bright green Spinifex rings metres in diameter. An almost untouched wilderness of a size that is hard to comprehend.

    Departing Coober Pedy, the opal centre of Australia, we head west into the largest desert in Australia, the Great Victoria, 6.5% of our land mass. Passing through the 5000 km Dog Fence we motor through vegetated arid country until we reach Emu, the atomic testing fields of 1953. Continuing west we follow the sandhills of the Great Victoria Desert to Anne's Corner & Vokes Hill Corner, both named by Len Beadell during the 8 year road project that opened up the western deserts in the 1950s & 60s. Turning at Vokes Hill Corner we cross the sandhills heading south and transition into the vast plain known to us as the Nullarbor. Len & the Gunbarrel Road Construction Party built the Vokes Hill Corner Road in the early 1960s.

    The Nullarbor these days is scarcely visited as travellers pass it over as not worth seeing. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Nullarbor, or Undiri as it was once known, has a surprisingly complex history of aboriginal movement, explorers & pastoralists. Reaching Cook on the Transcontinental Railway line we wander south from site to site until Nullarbor Roadhouse is reached. Moving on we hug the eastern edge of the vast plain visiting a number of significant sites including Ooldea, made famous by Daisy Bates 100 years ago.

    A short trip packed with a variety of conditions & environments at a slow pace.

 

Great Victoria Desert near Vokes Hill Corner

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"THE FULL GUNBARREL HIGHWAY"

OFF-ROAD TOUR

    Gunbarrel Hwy, Amata, Blackstone & Kalka Communities, Warakurna Roadhouse, Rawlinson Range, Old Gunbarrel, Warburton, Mt Beadell & "Carnegie" Station

    From "Victory Downs" Station we travel west on Len’s most famous road detouring to places of significance along the way. The Gunbarrel passes through some stunning landscapes, with multiple coloured ranges. Explorers such as Giles, Gosse & Forrest named these beautiful features more than 130 years ago. These areas are very difficult to obtain permits for. Most travellers never see what is known as the central ranges.

    We also visit several Aboriginal Communities in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara and Ngaanyatjarra Lands who express their culture and stories through unique artwork, a good opportunity to see and speak to the locals and take home a souvenir that will evoke sharp memories of the country for many years to come.

    The Rawlinson Range brings us to Giles Weather Station, the most remote weather facility in Australia, set-up originally for weather forecasts for the atomic testing to the south. Picking up the Gunbarrel Highway and continuing west we slowly pass through the sandhills and Desert Oaks that hold the 138 year old secret of Alfred Gibson. Warburton facilities are a chance to refresh before heading further into Gibson’s Desert. Aboriginal rockholes, Beadell plaques and more history are paramount as the Gunbarrel Highway brings us back into cattle country at "Carnegie" Station.

    (Permits depending we may be able to offer extra sites during this trip.)

 

Mt Beadell and Len's drawing on Information Board nearby

Distances including detours

 

 

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"50th ANNIVERSARY 1963 to 2013 -
END OF AN ERA"

OFF-ROAD TOUR

    Gunbarrel Hwy, Eagle Highway, Gary Highway, Kidson Track, Marble Bar, Newman, Windy Corner Road & "Carnegie" Station

    During 1963 Len Beadell & the "Gunbarrel Road Construction Party" completed an eight year project of road building in some of the most remote country on earth, Australia’s western deserts. 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of that time and to celebrate Beadell Tours will be travelling the final roads built by Len & the boys, in particular the Gary Highway & Windy Corner Road. Len’s 1963 roads straddle an area that covers a number of the western deserts and a varying number of environments, from the endless huge sandhills of the Great Sandy Desert to the rolling gravel undulations of Gibson’s Desert and the salt lakes, sandhills & ranges of the Little Sandy Desert.

    Leaving "Carnegie" Station we travel to the Eagle Highway heading for Windy Corner then continue north on the Gary Highway to Gary Junction. From that junction out to the north-west is another of the 1963 roads, Len’s Callawa Track. In recent years we have not been able to use this road, the least known of the entire network. The Kidson Track takes us west into the Great Sandy Desert and by a roundabout route we’ll reach Marble Bar than turn south to reach the Windy Corner Road to re-enter the desert & it was along this section that Len bumped into an Aboriginal mob that had yet to see white fellas. Revisiting Windy Corner we turn south down the Gary Highway and make our way back to "Carnegie" Station completing our 50th anniversary travel.

    Special features may be available for this tour, contact Connie & Mick for more information.

    A portion of this tour route may change depending on permits.

    

 

Len's rover at Well 23
1963 - Len's Rover at Well 23

Distances including detours

 

 

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"BEADELL TRACKS WANDERER"

OFF-ROAD TOUR

    Anne Beadell Highway, Connie Sue Highway, Gunbarrel Highway, Sandy Blight Junction Road & the Gary Junction Road.

    This tour follows the most scenic sections of the famous desert road network constructed by Len Beadell & the "Gunbarrel Road Construction Party" in the 1950s & 60s. Connie relates the history of the road construction as we travel, from copies of Len’s diaries and family anecdotes from the last 5 decades. Mick goes into details of various Explorers who traversed the country we travel through. Names such as Gosse, Tietkens, Giles, Terry, MacKay, Carnegie & Hann will feature during the Tour.

    Leaving Laverton we travel east on the Anne Beadell Highway through Marble Gum parklands set against towering red sandhills. At Neale Junction we swing north on the Connie Sue Highway and pass through country explored extensively by Frank Hann more than 100 years ago. Reaching Warburton we continue on the "Old Gunbarrel" to Warakurna in the Rawlinson Range. In 1874 explorer Ernest Giles lost young adventurer Alfred Gibson in this country. Following the Rawlinson Range east we turn north on Len’s "showpiece" road, the Sandy Blight Junction Road. This is beautiful country, red sandhills and forests of Desert Oaks. Dotted along this track are 10 of Len Beadell’s famous aluminium road signs, these days maintained by Connie for the enjoyment of modern travellers. Reaching Sandy Blight Junction we begin the final leg on the Gary Junction Road towards Papunya and Alice Springs, once again passing by large mountain ranges not seen from the distant Stuart Highway.

    This slow-paced Tour allows time to explore, see & experience.

 

Mt Leisler
Mt Leisler

Distances including detours

 

 

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