October 20, 2008, 2:48 pm
November 22, 2010, 8:44 am
Trans Access Road
•Some notes on the TransAccess Track: Fuel at Glendambo, Kingoonya and Forrest, though I would call Forrest to make sure they have some. This could be the last refuel for a while as it seems they will be heading N or S on the Connie Sue.
Camping anywhere along the line, but there is a camp area in Kingoonya where there is a drop toilet, and a short walk to the pub for dinner, camping in Cook by the old school, paid camping at Forrest with flushing toilets and hot showers and camping at Rawlinna by the Rodeo grounds.
Note: the property north of the rail line from around Barton to the WA border is Aboriginal land and not normally accessible. If camping by the rail line keep your fire small and masked from any approaching trains .... at night, the drivers don’t know whether the fire is on the line (signifying danger) or not. There are fines if you stop a train unnecessarily.
It's not cheap, but I would recommend a tour of the Maralinga Atomic bomb site. It's a very informative whole day tour and needs to be booked in advance (maralingatours.com.au). In the fee, you get two nights camping with fire, flushing toilets and hot showers, a whole day tour and the Aboriginal permit, so the price isn't too bad considering. To get there you head north west across the rail line from Ooldea and Maralinga is about 50km away. You could return heading straight to Watson on the rail line, but about 3km west of the Ooldea crossing is a new monument to commemorate the joining of the eastbound and westbound tracks as the line was being built. So, if going to Maralinga, see the monument first. Also, just east of the crossing at Ooldea is a monument to Daisy Bates.
There is an obelisk on the north of the line at Deakin which marks the WA/SA border. 24km east of Forrest, on the north side of the line is a small shelter built from sleepers. It is a great blowhole.
Jill (and Rod) Campbell at Kybo sheep station (3km south of Nurina rail station) has a personal museum housed in a portacabin. It includes a lot of historical documents, photos and all sorts of things they have picked up on their property including tektites. If you are interested, give them a call to see if you can visit.
Telstra have set up mobile phone towers along the line, so other than a few black spots, there's Telstra coverage all the way.
From Cook to Haig is 20-30kmph across limestone, with numerous sharp nodules. It has been done before with a van (there's a photo in the Forrest 'camp kitchen')
Don’t expect it to be easy, because you need to concentrate on the best path through the limestone, especially taking into account you will have a van behind. Malcolm and Trish
•In reply to the request re the Trans Access Road between Tarcoola and the Connie Sue, sadly the section between Lyons and Haig has been closed to public use for several years and no permits will be issued and is marked as such on all good maps (current). Russ.
•We travelled in 4WD Vehicles from Kalgoorlie on transcontinental track in July this year hoping to get through to Glendambo. From Rawlinna the track deteriorated so much so by the time we got to Haig we were down to 15kph. The track almost was nothing and so rocky and actually petered out at Loongana. We then drove down to Madura on a rough track’. Very disappointed that we could not continue on the Transcontinental, but it was impassable, and I certainly would not recommend towing a caravan. Jan and Robert
from www.westprint.com.au Friday Five 9/11/18
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