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These were our trips for 2018 as we advertised them. Please click on links below each to view a post trip summary.


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Desert Updates


DaisyConnie Sue HwySunrise glow


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



and Land Rover 70th


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

Post-trip note -: This tour went via Yulara after our permit application for the eastern Gunbarrel Hwy was rejected by the APY Lands


    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 140 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 Yankunytjatjara 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 144 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.)

Len's drawing at GilesGunbarrel Highway


    Distances including detours




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    A slow and relaxed pace will give everyone a chance to experience the changing desert environment and absorb the huge amount of history Beadell Tours has to offer.

    Departing Nullagine we head east through remote pastoral country to the Davis & Oakover Rivers, then we enter the Great Sandy Desert passing by the enormous Telfer Gold Mine. We then turn south into Rudall River National Park, a very remote area with no facilities & plenty of history. From there we travel east on the last track Len & the boys made in 1963, the Windy Corner Road. Passing over the Canning Stock Route at Wells 23 & 24 we head into the sandhills & undulations of the Little Sandy Desert. Reaching Windy Corner we join the Gary Highway & run south along the western edge of Gibson’s Desert. In this country Giles passed by in 1876 & Carnegie pressed through in 1896. Travelling through the Young Range we reach Everard Junction & the famous Gunbarrel Highway completed in 1958. Heading west we travel to the ancient nomad meeting place, Mungkilli Claypan then south again on the David Carnegie Road passing Empress Spring along the way. A day off at Laverton, a small mining town with a colourful history, allows time for a break then the last leg will begin along the famous Anne Beadell Highway.

    The Anne Beadell takes us through the heart of the Great Victoria Desert, the largest in Australia. Steeped in history & landforms the western Anne Beadell is a surprise packet for most travellers. Ilkurlka Roadhouse is next then the border and we enter South Australia. Reaching the 1953 Emu Atomic test sites we tour the remains of the most secret location in the southern hemisphere during the early cold war years. We leave the desert once we pass through the Dog Fence to reach the opal town of Coober Pedy.

    Beadell Tours specialise in history, our trips are focussed on it like no other. Aboriginal occupation stretching back into the distant past, the earliest white explorers who passed through quickly, the progress of the post war years when men such as Len Beadell left their mark on our young Australian nation. Connie relates the history of the road constructions from copies of Len’s diaries and family anecdotes. Be prepared to return home with a different opinion about the western deserts than before the trip.

Empress Spring
Carnegie's Empress Spring





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Breakawaysrockholepossibly Phelalium


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    There are a small percentage of people in Australia that have an intense interest in early Australian history, most folks read books and research their favourite subject while looking at a map from the comfort of their home. There is a far smaller, you could say tiny group of folk who actually go out into very remote country with the dust & flies and search for forgotten sites used by explorers, settlers & Aboriginals. Beadell Tours are part of that miniscule group of people who are comfortable in the most remote desert country Australia has to offer. We have been doing it for years.

    In 2018 we are focussing on parts of the Great Victoria Desert that have not been determined as Native Title areas. The north-west & western areas of the vast Great Victoria Desert are a mixture of landscapes; some sandhills, some undulations and many isolated ranges and scattered hills. Hidden away in these features are the water sources the explorers found & used as they passed through; John Forrest, David Carnegie, Frank Hann, Larry Wells & HW Hill to name a few. Obviously these places were very well known to the local people, the nomadic Aboriginals. Even now most of these features do not have roads or tracks to them so the only way to see & explore is to travel across country through the bush the hard way. We anticipate 600-700kms of off-track travel. The remainder will be a mixture of reasonable roads, good tracks and overgrown wheeltracks. This will be an extremely interesting trip for those keen on early explorers, prospectors, natural history, Aboriginal culture and doing something different.

    Detailed maps of our intended route and other details will become available as the off-track navigation for the trip takes shape. If you have any questions at all drop us a line.


Marble Gums & Spinifex


    Information will be supplied about off-track travel and
    what is required to participate in a month long expedition.
    These trips are unique and well worth the effort.


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The following was put in place of our proposed "Mt Davies" tour after our permit application was rejected by the APY Lands.




Coober Pedy, Anne Beadell, Emu, Vokes Hill Corner, Cook, Nullarbor, Coorabie, "Googs Track" & Kingoonya


    Coober Pedy starts the trip as we head west past Mabel Creek Station along the famous Anne Beadell Highway. We enter the Great Victoria Desert, visiting Tallaringa Well, Emu Atomic Sites, Anne’s Corner & Vokes Hill Corner. Turning south we meander through the Mallee and sandhills of Len’s Vokes Hill Corner Road finally petering out into the Nullarbor Plain. The laid back village of Cook and the Transcontinental Railway Line are next on the list.

    Reaching the old & new Eyre Highway & Nullarbor Roadhouse we travel north east into the woodlands of the eastern Nullarbor region with many sites of interest & much history hidden within. Spending a night at Coorabie Farm-stay we go along the Dog Fence and follow "Googs Track" through the sandhills of the Yellabinna Regional Reserve back to the Trans-Con Railway. Passing through sleepy mining village of Tarcoola we arrive at Kingoonya for a good feed and night at the famous Pub.

    This Tour covers some extraordinary changes in landscape, sandhills, claypans & sweeping plains of Saltbush, Marble Gums, Black Oaks, Mallees, Spinifex & Mulga; the best the Great Victoria Desert and the Nullarbor have to offer.

    Our relaxed pace is a great opportunity to learn more about the plants, animals & early Explorers. Connie Beadell adds greatly to the experience detailing her father’s participation in the projects that shaped the central and western deserts of Australia.






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