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DESERT UPDATES   by Connie Sue Beadell

FROM 2005 TO 2010


December 2010

    We hope you all had a Merry Christmas and we wish you all a wondrous 2011.

   With the recent death of our Mum Christmas was very different to normal. All together as a family, we celebrated her life and thought about how her loss will impact on our lives. It's hard to fully quantify the loss of a Mum, Grandma & partner, at this very early stage we know that we greatly miss her love and support, but her loss has impacted others beside ourselves. The dedication she showed to Len's work, the life she shared with Phil, the patience and cheery support she showed to her many violin students over the past 30 years are just a few aspects of her rich & rather unique life. I apologise for the fact that it all sounds very one-dimensional in print! For a brief rundown of her story please visit our Anne Beadell Memorial page - Anne Beadell Memorial page.

   As far as our tours went this year they can be summed up in one word, moist! The rain was widespread and sent us snuggling early into our swags on many occasions. We thank the patience exhibited by all of our participants however, without exception they were cheerful and continued to get the most out of their desert experience. We enjoyed the year tremendously despite the rain, continuing to make friends and add to our knowledge of the country & its history.

   In particular we would like to focus on our experience with the Nullarbor region. After an interesting few days with the Desert Discovery scientific camp on the Connie Sue Highway, Mick & I spent a couple of weeks doing some mapping work in September/October on our way back to Adelaide. We found the Nullarbor rich with plants, grass and even more in the way of rockholes & features than we originally supposed. Pervious rains had turned the Nullarbor into a sea of waving grass, with Daisies, Cassias and colourful members of the Pea family adding wonderful splashes of colour. An interesting lichen called Chondropsis semiviridis is commonly seen in the Nullarbor, dry and rolling about in the wind until the right amount of moisture comes along to enable it to briefly "grow". The infrequently seen Erodiophyllum (query acanthocephalum but maybe elderi, I don't really know the difference) was thick in spots, much to Connie's delight! Some of these plants I hope to include in a new Plant page on our website, so stay tuned if that is your "thing".


Erodiophyllum query acanthocephalum                  tiny baby Banded Lapwings                 grasses & flowers on the Nullarbor 2010

   Mick is slowly piecing the Nullarbor history together, and for those of you who think it is an endless plain of nothing then we advise that you take a closer look. Rockholes by the hundreds line ancient pathways that enabled Aboriginals of old to move from one part of the Plain to another. Most of these waterholes are not on current maps, and many of those that are we have found to be marked in the wrong place. Sinkholes, huge caves, dolines and blowholes are also numerous, and for those with a keen eye fossils are everywhere, fascinating pieces of the Nullarbor's past history as an ancient sea bed. Living creatures are also numerous including Sleepy lizards, snakes, camels, dingos, rabbits and birds (we saw a Wedge-tail Eagles nest with 2 chicks, keeping our distance of course.....). Numerous tracks make for hazardous navigation if you wish to explore by yourselves, so be warned!

   South of the Eyre Highway the old 1877 Telegraph Line and its surrounding country is surprising to say the least. The terrain has a line of cliffs with original telegraph poles still standing nearby, a relic of the days before satellites & computers. The flora is different as well, making for an exiting added dimension. If we have spiked your interest then please go to our Tours page as we are keen to continue with our explorations in October - Tours 2011.

   All the best for your travels and have a safe 2011.

Connie Sue Beadell, December 2010


November 2009

    Hello everyone, it's that time of year again (already). Time to evaluate the season gone and get the planning for next year into some sort of shape. This year was interesting from a people-perspective; people we dealt with in our trip planning, people we met along the way right down to those of you who chose to travel with us. People are what this business is all about. To the many people who helped us throughout the year we extend a hearty and grateful thank you. To those of you who journeyed with us we hope you found it a rewarding and informative experience and we thank you very much for the trust you placed in us.

    If you will forgive the indulgence, I would like to make a couple of points relating to trip preparation.

    One aspect of trip planning that is very hard work these days relates to permits. The fact is that permit applications take up an enormous amount of time and you are not always sure of getting a result in your favour, depending of course on where you want to go. With our background and interests our permits are often not your run-of-the mill applications, which means that a lot of time and explanation is usually necessary to draw them up & get them processed. We have obtained permission to visit some pretty special places and for that we are very grateful, especially to those responsible who have respected us enough to listen and agree to our requests (we reciprocate of course, following any special route requests that they might have). The time it takes us to prepare and apply for all of our permits, including the regular ones, is huge. Email has simplified things and some of the basic ones can be applied for via various websites (if you are so inclined) but the number of permits required for operations such as ours can number well over a dozen in any one season. The reason the whole process takes so long is not only once they get sent away. For us, it takes time to find out where new and existing Native Title and Reserve boundaries are, as they can and do change, and often the resource material is conflicting. Nature Reserves and Parks etc are also numerous and need to be taken into consideration. Permit applications then need to include your planned route plus travel to features more than the specified distance away from the main tracks (which is mostly between 30 and 100 metres depending on the permit). Cross-country expeditions have special difficulties and problems are increasing. Early explorer routes for example are virtually impossible to follow accurately now with more and more country currently closed to us. At the rate things are going locations of important & historical features to both Aboriginal and white people in the remote regions will be lost as those who do have the knowledge die off. Also, the skills necessary to successfully mount serious cross-country expeditions is becoming a lost art. We hear time and time again about expeditions failing to meet expectations, mainly due to a lack of route and vehicle preparation. A great shame indeed, and two reasons why we feel our successfully completed expeditions are so important. Information on features we find on our travels is also kept to a select few so that they do not become subjects of potential abuse by others. However, we believe in doing our best to follow the rules because we ultimately wish to do the right thing. We have had successes with permits and for that we are very thankful to all concerned, giving us hope to push on. Mostly though it is a matter of persevering with our applications and exploring what remaining country is left to us (which is little enough these days), all the while learning and marveling at the wonder of nature and human endeavour.

    The other issue is in the matter of vehicle preparation for remote area travel. Generally speaking, we know that there are the odd few who embark on their remote holiday alone with next-to-no vehicle spares or repair gear, let alone the knowledge to assist them if they get into any trouble. In our opinion this is reckless and misguided and could be the difference between an enjoyable trip and a costly mistake. They seem to have the idea is that if the unexpected does happen to occur, someone will be along by-and-by to help them (or tow them) and/or they will be able to ring someone up on their Sat phone. On our trips Mick is very good at jerry-rigging things to get you moving, but some problems require vehicle-specific parts to fix them and there is no getting around it. Obviously you can't carry everything but that is the purpose of Mick's spares list (sent out to everyone who travel with us), to help narrow things down to the most important. Also, our vehicle, and those of passing would-be helpers, have only so much gear on board. If you have not taken the trouble to get your own repair gear together how do you know someone else will part with theirs and put themselves in a potentially dangerous situation, assuming they even have the gear, time and knowledge to help you to begin with? One couple we know travelled remotely on their own, with tyres on one piece rims, without so much as a set of plugs to fix flat tyres (he did have a couple of tins of tyre goo though!). He also told us that he didn't carry tyre levers; he said that he didn't know how to use them so what was the point?! His mechanical knowledge was on a par with his tyre repair knowledge, so in the event of any kind of trouble he would be totally reliant on the help of someone else & their gear. Sat phones are excellent things but relying on them to call for help in the event of a basic mishap is fraught with problems, even if you do manage to get through to someone useful. Try getting a tyre man out to the middle of the Anne Beadell Highway because you are stuck with tyres with holes that are too big to fill with goo or plugs and have run out of spares!! At the very least he would have expected you to have had some tyre levers and give a patch repair a go. To give you some idea of the importance we place on the issues of vehicle preparation and tyre repairs click on the links  tyre information and  vehicle preparation. As well as other new articles, Mick has written a new piece to add to the debate between tubeless and split rims, so prepare to re-evaluate everything you thought you knew about tyre repair!!!!

    Anyway, those things aside, the year was a good one with lots of wonderful company, country explored and things discovered. The plants were pretty good too particularly in the areas that were regenerating after fire. I continued with my usual pattern of finding plants new to me to expand my ever-growing repertoire! For a summary of where we went this year please click the following link  2009 trips & summaries.

    Rain was a feature during all of our trips, including one whole day of rain on the Anne Beadell Highway early in October. Emu and its surrounds were awash and we even made the acquaintance of a few bloated little frogs revelling in the puddles near Mabel Creek. A passing vehicle (not one of ours) got bogged trying to go around a pool of water, reinforcing the rule that sticking to the firmer wheel-tracks is usually the best policy! It was interesting that in the wet the badly corrugated Anne Beadell Highway did not seem quite so harsh, perhaps the mud had the effect of temporarily levelling the "washboard". A week or so before we had had a night of wind and rain that was amongst the worst we have ever experienced in the scrub. Despite everything we had no difficulties and consider that over the course of the whole season we were quite lucky.

    The September/October trip was interesting also for a couple of other reasons. We had just finished our lunch at Vokes Hill Corner when suddenly from the east 4 vehicles descended upon us. A further 4 vehicles proceeded to arrive a few minutes later from the west, proving that the Anne Beadell Highway is still a popular route with 4WD'ers. We counted up the signatures in April in the Visitors Book at Vokes Hill Corner and for the previous 12 months there were 580 vehicles that had passed through, and they were only the ones who signed the book! Reptile-wise, a couple of friendly little monitors were fascinating to watch on that trip, including one little fellow who was so comfortable near my feet that he even starting feeding on tiny ants. Thorny Devils were prevalent this year too, with the wheel-tracks seemingly irresistible for nesting. In the plant department we found the one example of a rare Eremophila discovered by the Desert Discovery crew in 2002 in the Plumridge Lakes Nature Reserve. They sent a sample away for analysis and it now bears the name Eremophila sulcata.

painting Vokes Hill Cornernew Bloodwood plaque    With the willing help of our friends we performed our usual road maintenance. The Vokes Hill Corner post got a new coat of paint in April and one of Len's plaques, just west of the Heather Highway turnoff on the Gunbarrel (stolen last year), was replaced during our Gunbarrel tour with one made by Connie, as usual with Len's original punches (photo right). More posts & blazes need painting and other posts need replacing; no rest for the Plaque Maintenance Officers and their helpers!

    Our expedition followed range country in the south-west of WA, areas visited by Forrest & Hann amongst others. It was an exciting adventure, with one important historical feature of Hann's we discovered quite incorrectly located on our topographic map, namely Nellie Hayes Creek. The map co-ordinates of the Nellie Hayes did not fit with Hann's description of nearby features, so after some painstaking exploration we found the correct place, feeling well pleased with our efforts. Historically an interesting trip but it also served to remind us of how much more there is out there to find.

Connie's cake    I had fun this year expanding my repertoire of camp oven cuisine, namely sultana bread, scones, cake, apple pie & crumbles and the like. We travel without a fridge (shock, horror) so these efforts do improve the variety of our diet and our travelling companions seem to enjoy sampling them too!! A few years ago Mick made for me a beaut square camp oven out of an old BBQ plate that belonged to his grandfather. It holds the heat beautifully and the square shape has turned out to be terrific (especially to pack...). Time to cook is another advantage of travelling slowly..........



To finish, a few basic road condition updates -:

    Please travel safely and enjoy what this wonderful country of ours has to offer.

Connie Sue Beadell
November, 2009


29 November 2008

    I would like to make a quick apology for the tardiness of our website updates this year. Mick's excellent father, Rod Hutton, died of an accident on the 9th November in Adelaide.Jacky & Rod Hutton June 08We will miss him tremendously, not only for his unwavering enthusiasm for all of our projects but for his unfailing reliability in providing our fuel and water drops. He was always ready to help Mick rebuild vehicles, design long-range fuel tanks and carry out repairs that inevitably occur on trips like ours. Rod was involved in our plaque projects too; one of his plaque posts now stands at the junction of the Callawa and Kidson Tracks. He was interested in everything, the history of the places that we visited and he loved looking for rockholes and unusual plants. Rod and Jacky accompanied us many times, including both the Calvert and Wanderer trips this year, providing us with some wonderful memories. At this time, we would like to promote organ donation, and encourage everyone to participate in this life-saving work. Rod's wish to become an organ donor has given a new lease of life to those lucky enough to be on the receiving end, a fact that has given tremendous comfort to his family. There are now a few more people in the world who prefer their chops burned black! For more information about the Australian Organ Donor Register log onto the Organ Donor Register website.

    Back to the desert. The flowers this year did not have the variety of previous years. Acacias and Corkwoods were the most common flowering shrubs, other wildflowers were patchy to say the least. We had one day of torrential rain during the early part of the Calvert Expedition, so much so that we stayed put for an extra night to allow some of the water to dissipate. Persistent wind was another feature, common in Spring but this year started early and had a tendency to be rather cold!

Adverse Well plaque 1996Our feature tour celebrated the 50th anniversary of the completion of the Gunbarrel Highway at "Carnegie Station" on the 15th November 1958. We completed the full length, and had a party near the end to give thanks to Len and the team for their hard work in opening up Gibson's Desert. Our Calvert Expedition involved lots of sandhill crossings; 498 in total. Thanks to Mick's experience and advice regarding tyres, the group (including an OKA) only had 25 flats for the trip. To read more please go to Mick's full season Tyre Report 2008. The original expedition in 1896 was one of discovery and disaster, with 2 of the men not surviving. Larry Well's experiences, as contained in his journal and read as we went along, came alive for us. The wells were the scene of so much emotion, now sporting plaques erected by the Calvert Centenary Project members in 1996 (a bit the worse for wear due to fire, especially the plastic-type posts). For a look at the trips we ran this year with links to post-trip summaries click here.

    Doing good works the hard way was the walker John Olsen, doing his bit to raise awareness of Leukodystrophy. We ran into him (not literally) on the Anne Beadell Highway, pulling his cart over the sand dunes and corrugations. Well done, John.

    A special thank you to all who travelled with us this year, and to those who helped and supported us. We have many willing helpers, without whom we would be totally "lost". We had a wondrous time, and look forward to catching up with some of you next year. Have a Merry Christmas and we wish you safe travels for 2009.....

Connie Sue Beadell and Mick Hutton.


16 November 2007

    Firstly, we would like to heartily thank those friends old & new who supported us this year. There were those who accompanied us on our trips and worked very hard helping with a lot of plaque maintenance this year (thank you to the May group in particular). There were others who helped out with access to permits, information, and good old-fashioned hospitality. 2007 trip mapWe covered over 21,000 kms this season, and had some terrific company along the way. It was another year jam-packed full of adventure and discovery, and sharing made it all the sweeter. Mick had some interesting vehicle repairs to contend with in the desert this year, like a snapped steering column (on a passing traveller's vehicle) and severe damage to some radiator fan blades on a vehicle belonging to one of our group caused by a wayward stick. In each case he managed to effect repairs and the vehicles made it safely back to civilisation. The Anne Beadell was very green and lush-looking and Acacias & Grevilleas were in fine bloom. Temperatures ranged from a chilly -8.4o to a rather warmer 34o C and beyond. Rain was only an issue for a couple of odd days. For an outline of where we went in 2007 click on the link to our advertised trips which also contain links to full post-trip summaries  2007 Tours & Expeditions.

    Mick was hard at work at Giles Weather Station before we even got the season underway. A large Athol Pine was scheduled for removal so in February we headed north and Mick put his tree-lopping skills to good use. The hot 40o+ temperatures did not help much though! Tyre research & repair was also high on the agenda and this year we used bias tyres for most of the season, MRF Super Milers (see Mick's info  MRF Bias & All Steel Radials  and his  2007 Tyre Report.

Bringyna Well's new camel fence     Our first official trip was in April, once again visiting the sites of the Rocket and Atomic history much as outlined below for 2006. Our great thanks go to the folk at Woomera, Tossy at Mt Eba, and our friends Leon & Dianne Ashton at Maralinga for assisting us with this very interesting Tour. Mick's new post at Tallaringa Well is still showing the way, but the area around the Well is very overgrown and in desperate need of clearing. The Anne Beadell Highway is also in great need of attention as it is now becoming quite severely corrugated particularly between Mabel Creek and Emu. On a positive note, we saw surface water on Lake Koolymilka near Woomera, and most of the other rockholes in the Great Victoria also contained water. A new camel fence has been erected around Bringyna Well on the Vokes Hill Corner Rd to try and keep out these destructive animals.

    May saw us once again on the Connie Sue and Sandy Blight Junction Rds. As we headed west on the Anne Beadell Hwy the Serpentine Lakes were brimming with water and the birdos of our group were kept busy for some time! It was an awesome spectacle, one luckily Len did not have to contend with during the making of this section of the Anne Beadell Hwy in 1962.... Serpentine Lakes with waterAfter welcome showers at Ilkurlka Roadhouse we continued our journey from Neale Junction north on the Connie Sue, enjoying the many areas of breakaway country along the way, then the lovely Sandy Blight Junction Rd. By the way, please call in and support the Kintore community if you are travelling that way (northern end of SBJn Rd); they are now in the throes of providing the only "approved" camping area in the Haasts Bluff Aboriginal Land Trust, with the majestic Mt Leisler as a backdrop.

    Our main Off-Track trip this year followed the return route of David Carnegie in 1897 and included nearly 850kms of cross-country travel commencing from a point near Mt Webb on the Gary Junction Rd. We greatly appreciated the support of Patjarr community and the Ngaanyatjarra Council for this expedition, which as far as we know had never been done before. Check out the link to the Carnegie post-trip summary (including a tyre report), but suffice it to say that the mandatory MRF tyres held up their end of the bargain well. To travel through such untouched country is a thrill, once again as faithful as we could be to Carnegie's actual route thanks to Mick's painstaking research and pre-trip navigation.

    Our second expedition was based on the search sweep in 1896-7 by William Frederick Rudall who was sent to assist in locating the 2 lost men of the Calvert Expedition. After exploring the many varied features of the Rudall River National Park, we continued on our journey and discovered 7 out of 8 rockholes as described by Rudall in his journal, a feat that was intensely rewarding. We capped off the year with a full-length tour of the iconic Gunbarrel Highway (with a couple of detours along the way). We also witnessed a complete lunar eclipse during this tour; the moon was fully covered and rather orange for around 1.5 hours, it then took another hour to uncover. Rather eerie but very special in the clear outback skies. This classic tour we are repeating in 2008 to mark the 50th Anniversary of the completion of the Gunbarrel at "Carnegie Station". Be warned, the Gunbarrel Highway itself is nowhere near as corrugated as most of the detours!!


    To finish, a note about some of the road conditions (see the ones below for 2006; they are still current) -:

Safe travels......Connie Sue Beadell


20 September 2006

    Another year down and more adventures had. Thank you to all who shared our trips with us this year; your support and company were much appreciated by Mick and myself. We enjoy revealing the history to everyone as we feel that it is an important aspect of a really fulfilling desert experience. One advantage of our trips not being catered is that we have more time to focus on this aspect, instead of continually setting up and preparing meals for everyone! Once again here is a link to the trips from 2006, including maps and post-trip summaries, just so the following notes will make more sense   2006 Tours & Expeditions.

New Tallaringa Well sign

    In a nutshell, despite a couple of unforeseen and unfortunate events, we had a wonderful year of historical exploration, terrific diversity of flora, no rain to speak of, evidence of past rains still present in rockholes and abundant wildlife (in particular Thorny Devils). Thank you also to those who willingly helped us with our Plaque maintenance, which included painting, clearing scrub and chopping back re-growth from blazes (Mick is very good with an axe.....). By the way, even my replicas are disappearing now much to my frustration. There have been varying reports of a couple more missing added to the 50-mile west of Giles plaque on the Old Gunbarrel that I replaced in 2004. To souvenir items such as these detracts from the experience of those to follow, let alone thwart my attempt to keep these pieces of history in their rightful place.

    Our first trip of the year saw us re-living the Australian Rocket and Atomic era with tours of Woomera, Emu and Maralinga. We travelled from Woomera via Len's 1950-51 telephone line, through Mt Eba (thank you Tossy Nitscke), and explored Mirikata which is the crumbling remains of a very large rocket tracking station. At Tallaringa Well we erected a new steel signpost as Len's original one was pretty rotten due to weathering and white ants. Mick did a terrific job making the "Emu" sign, and I made a replica of Len's plaque which was firmly placed on the post. Emu itself saw us exploring the main features, such as the Totem areas and village, as well as the Kittens sites where smaller related tests were carried out. The Easter Bunny came en route to Maralinga, where we had a full tour lead by the wonderful resident caretakers Leon and Di Ashton. They were very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about its history and we want to thank them wholeheartedly for a fascinating tour.

Rabbit Proof Fence no. 1

    May included wonderful changes of country as we travelled south on the Sandy Blight Junction Road with its majestic Desert Oaks. Giles and the Old Gunbarrel was followed by the Connie Sue and Anne Beadell Highways to Laverton. Sandhills, rocky gorges and breakaway country, plus a myriad of trees and flora greeted us on our journey. The Giles Expedition came next with its 790 kms of Off-Track work through the Little Sandy and Gibson's Deserts. Our puncture tally totalled only 18 for the whole group thanks to the durability of our MRF tyres. We slowly traversed through country unseen by all but a few eyes, and were as faithful to Giles route of 1876 as we could given the available information and our modern vehicles. It was a special historical journey that gave us an insight into the character of Giles and the other hardy explorers who tackled this country without the aid of modern 4WD's, equipment and backup. Talking about hardy, we had one cold minus 7.9 degree morning during this trip! Finishing the Off-Track leg at Patjarr community a terrific visit was had including a look at the local artwork (thank you Chris and Kelly).

    Our short "Rockholes & Ranges" trip saw us visiting the communities of Kalka and Amata, the latter of which was buzzing with the excitement of a football carnival.VelleiaWe also perused the local paintings and artifacts on display at the excellent Amata art centre after a magnificent drive alongside the awe-inspiring Petermann, Tomkinson and Mann Ranges. The Callawa Track was once again navigated, now with some fairly clear wheeltracks for the first leg to Twin Gum Hill. The remainder of the Track is still not set in and is not to be attempted without much navigation and trip preparation. The trip was filled with a bit of everything - sandhills (some with the trigs from the 1962 survey), rocky hills, aboriginal artwork, open spinifex plains, not to mention the endless variety of flora unseen by regular travellers of the more southerly deserts. Our final trip followed a sneak peek at the new interactive museum in Laverton called "The Great Beyond", well worth a look. We also explored some of Frank Hann's history including Hann's Camp where he lived between his many desert expeditions. Leaving Laverton we had a good look around Queen Victoria Spring, Plumridge Lakes, the Anne Beadell Highway and discovered more of the history and layout of Emu.

    Briefly, here is a note on the state of a few of the roads -:

    Please contact us with news from your own travels.

Connie Sue Beadell

5 November 2005

Beadell Tours logo    At this, the end of our first year of Beadell Tours, we would like to thank all of those adventurers who accompanied Mick and myself this year. They are a lot of work to prepare but we enjoy it immensely. Our goal is to share the history and ensure that a good and relaxing time is had by all and, despite the odd inevitable hiccup, we feel that we achieved that. For more detailed summaries of our 2005 trips please clink on the link 2005 Tours & Expeditions

    The highlights of the year included the exploration of some spectacular formations on the Connie Sue Highway (some of which I had never seen before) and time to watch a long train of caterpillars (they went through a toilet roll Mick placed in their path, crossed over the wheeltracks, climbed up and down the base of a dead mallee, then headed for a nearby clump of spinifex). Mick found some rare Marsupial Mole tracks, we explored numerous tracks that were left-overs from past Oil & Gas exploration (just to see where they went), and were caught up in the fascinating story of the 2 last desert nomads, Aboriginals Warri & Yatungka ( "Tracks in Time" / TJM "Last of the Nomads" ). Len's Callawa Track was once again retraced in its entirety (only 14 flat tyres instead of 70+ last year); a wonderful trip that covers some magical country and visits historical remnants of Aboriginal habitation and early explorers, plus more recent survey parties.

caterpillars 1 caterpillars 2 caterpillars 3

    The roads in general were quiet this year, which added to the feeling of wonder at the vastness and beauty of our desert country (sorry......we love it!!). We were caught with a few showers of rain on each trip which resulted in more water-filled rockholes than usual, especially on our August trip. On that trip we followed the rockholes visited by Warri & Yatungka and unlike them we found most of them containing potentially life-saving water. The roads in general are in pretty good shape, and some of the relocations of the past few years due to flooding (e.g. around Kiwirrkurra on the Gary Junction Rd) were mapped by us for future updates to the Hema Great Desert Track series.

    Our Plaque Restoration Project also kept us busy this year. We did quite a bit of repainting and maintenance on the posts and blazes and replaced the remaining original plaques on the Gary Highway. Everard Junction, Windy Corner and Gary Junction (replaced on last year's Callawa trip) are now all replicas, the originals having first been removed and are being kept by us until we can find a suitable place for them. The loss of Len's original plaque 2 years ago at Talawana was the last straw. I found it hard to remove plaques that Len himself fixed into place so many years ago, but the theft of them has been infinitely worse. Someday we will find a suitable location for them to be once again displayed for all to see!

    Many thanks also go to Dr Bill Peasley who provided us with his valuable help prior to our August Expedition, and for so promptly making a replacement plaque for Ngarinarri Claypan. We had discovered it missing on an earlier trip and the replacement of his plaque at the point where the Nomads were found made for a fitting end to a truly special journey.

    Thanks again to everyone who accompanied us this year, and to those who have expressed interest in joining in for 2006. We are looking forward to it, and will never be "Too Long in the Bush"........

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