Review: Maralinga via Colona

My Article Rating: My Rating 5/5

A great trek. We spent Easter at Maralinga, over three nights, which is really the minimum needed to see everything on the Range Tour, and spend time walking the village, and exploring the Airstrip. The history of this area is amazing, (and a bit horrifying), but Robin is a great guide, with incredible knowledge of the place. If this sort of place interests you, it will be a most rewarding trip. Unfortunately, 25mm of rain prevented us from travelling toward Emu, but all roads in the main area are sealed, so no problems there.
Just to update the trek notes, the turn-off to the North on Eyre Highway (at 132.0513E,31.6178S) is the start of a magnificent, very new, sealed road, created by a mining company. Following this road north, at about 40km is the turn-off to Yalata, (which you don't take), and at about the 80km point (at 132.099E,30.928S) is the signposted left turn to Oak Valley, through Lake Ifould. From here the road is unsealed, but in excellent condition, even after rain.
At Ooldea we took some time finding the Daisy Bates memorial. To see it, after crossing the railway line, immediately turn right, travel about 100m, and the small cairn is at 131.83818E,30.45768S, right beside the railway line.
Thanks very much to Stephen Langman for this great trek.
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