Kidson Track/Wapet Road - update please

Submitted: Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 22:25
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I have been researching doing the Kidson Track from well 33 on the Canning over to 80 mile beach but it appears that part of the trek is no longer open to the public due to increased mining activity etc - I have read the notes on the trek in Exploroz but would like to hear the current details if possible.

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Reply By: Member - Andrew L (WA) - Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 22:52

Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 22:52
Four weeks ago I drove from well 33 to Marble Bar via Kidson Track / Wapet Rd. It was freshly graded and in good condition.
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Follow Up By: KiwiAngler - Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 23:08

Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 23:08
No issues with mining vehicles etc??

I read that permits are a must - did you find this ??
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Follow Up By: equinox - Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 23:23

Sunday, Aug 25, 2013 at 23:23
I drove that section just less than 2 weeks ago. It is a great track but the section KiwiAngler is referring to is the bit that goes north of Lake Auld and swings around to the north west. Others may have updated info!

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Follow Up By: KiwiAngler - Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 07:27

Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 07:27
My plan is to do Cathy Savages "Ocean to Alice" trek which is in her book "Explore Australia by 4WD" trek# 7 page 84 - I will be doing the reverse trip "Alice to Ocean"

just that in researching it I seem to be getting conflicting info particularly the 2nd section

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Follow Up By: Member - Michael P (QLD) - Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 10:32

Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 10:32
K.A.
That book clearly states "No Permits required"

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Follow Up By: KiwiAngler - Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 11:47

Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 11:47
Michael P
my book shows permits are required for the section from Kunawarritji to Alice - refer page#91
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Follow Up By: Mick O - Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 18:15

Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 18:15
K-Mart to Alice is via the Gary Junction Road and yes you do need a permit as issued by the WA DIA and the NT CLC. Both are on-line permits and issued straight away.

For the WAPET track from Lake Auld to the Northern Highway at Sandfire you need a permit as per my response below.

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Reply By: Mick O - Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 17:53

Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 17:53
Kiwi,

things have changed and there are access agreements in place between the T/O and various mineral exploration companies. The road was graded down to and then along the Gwenneth Lakes Track 18 months ago by the legendary Ray Ronchi of Inland Services. From the Gwenneth Lakes turn down to Lake Auld and the Kidson/Telfer Road, it remains as it has been for years, the odd corrugation and a few washoutrs.Razor Blade Bore is inoperable as are all water points along the track so you cannot rely on finding water along the way.

You need permits to access and to do this you send an email to;

mrose@ymac.org.au

outlining your reason for wanting to travel the Wapet, the dates you would like to travel it and outline the details of your party (Vehicles, equipment, experience etc to strengthen your case for permission). I usually add a line absolving the Nyangumarta Warrarn Aboriginal Corporation from any liability etc that may arise from something happening to you on the track.

Response may take a day or two. and I'm sure you'll find the NWAC helpful.

Hope this helps


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