Maralinga Mystery Tour 2013

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Hi All

I have just finished putting together a range of photos from our great Maralinga Trip in August.

I have not written very much, but will let the photos tell the story.

For anyone still thinking about heading to Maralinga, do not be put off and make it one of those must do destinations.


Here is a direct link to the Photo Blog:

Maralinga Mystery Tour Photo Blog


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Reply By: Member - Frank P (NSW) - Sunday, Sep 08, 2013 at 19:48

Sunday, Sep 08, 2013 at 19:48
Great trip and great photos, Stephen. Well done. I am very envious.

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Sunday, Sep 08, 2013 at 20:10

Sunday, Sep 08, 2013 at 20:10
Hi Frank

Thanks for taking the time to reply and look at all those photos.

It was a great trip and I would recommend that if anyone is interested in seeing the area, they should get in contact with Rob up at Maralinga on 08 - 8670 4089

Or on him email:robin.matthews@y7mail.com


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Reply By: P and JM - Sunday, Sep 08, 2013 at 20:29

Sunday, Sep 08, 2013 at 20:29
Good evening Stephen,

Looks like you had a real great trip for August.
Going by your photos it looks like a good trip at the correct time of the year.

Thanks for the photos they definitely explain the trip.

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PS I will do a post on our trip shortly
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Sunday, Sep 08, 2013 at 20:48

Sunday, Sep 08, 2013 at 20:48
I Paul

Thanks for that, it was a trip of a lifetime and to be given permission to travel tracks that no tourists have travelled on was even better.

Looking forward to hearing how your trip went.

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Reply By: allein m - Sunday, Sep 08, 2013 at 22:25

Sunday, Sep 08, 2013 at 22:25
thank you I often travel to perth by train from Broken hill and wonder what it is like out that way

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, Sep 09, 2013 at 07:19

Monday, Sep 09, 2013 at 07:19
Hi Allein M

We have driven sections of the Trans Line and the scenery is very interesting.

As you would know, after Ooldea through to west of Rawlinna, it is typical Nullarbor with flat open tree less plains for as far as the eye can see, yet north of the railway line the country does change drastically.


Thanks for the reply.


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Reply By: Off-track - Sunday, Sep 08, 2013 at 23:42

Sunday, Sep 08, 2013 at 23:42
Fantastic photos, very interesting and caused me to stay up later than I had planned!
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, Sep 09, 2013 at 07:22

Monday, Sep 09, 2013 at 07:22
Hi Off Track

Thanks for that and it sure is unreal country all through that remote far of South Australia that very few people ever get to see.


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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Monday, Sep 09, 2013 at 07:30

Monday, Sep 09, 2013 at 07:30
Splendid coverage of a once-in-a-lifetime trip Stephen. Thank you again for the opportunity.


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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, Sep 09, 2013 at 07:37

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Hi John and Val

Yes we sure did see some unreal country and to see it wall to wall Wilflowers was even better plus the weather was just perfect while we were out there.

It was great to see you come along and even better to meet you face to face, rather than our usual way....over the phone.

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Reply By: i'machocoholic - Monday, Sep 09, 2013 at 08:21

Monday, Sep 09, 2013 at 08:21
Loved the photos, thank you.

I can't wait to show my Mum and Nan the photos as they, along with my great nan, lived at Coondambo during the 50's. Mum then worked at Woomera in the 60's so I'm sure she wouldn't have seen any pics since leaving te area.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, Sep 09, 2013 at 08:31

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Hi

Things would not have changed much since they were there. Rick and Julie are top people and if you are ever up that way, they would welcome you with open arms.

As you would know, Coondambo is a massive Station that stretches south to the Shores of Lake Gairdner and north to almost Roxby Downs.

The biggest problem that they have now are Dingos. As you may know, they are a very long way inside of the Dog Fence, but the Dingos are now such a concern, Rick was saying that within the next 12 months, they may have to go purely cattle and get rid of their sheep.

Last lambing season in 1 of their lambing paddocks, there were 450 ewes in lamb. Of the 450 + lambs that should have been born, only 1 single lamb was recorded by them, the rest taken by Dingos.



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Reply By: Member - Duncan W (WA) - Monday, Sep 09, 2013 at 09:37

Monday, Sep 09, 2013 at 09:37
Hi Stephen, great to chat yesterday. Love the photos and th emini descriptions and as you say the photos tell the story very well.

Hopefully John & Val will follow up on your Blog and do one also from their perspectives.

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, Sep 09, 2013 at 14:09

Monday, Sep 09, 2013 at 14:09
Hi Dunc

Thanks for the reply. I am sure that Val will do a Blog and it is always great to read what others write and also photograph.


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Reply By: Member - Noldi (WA) - Monday, Sep 09, 2013 at 16:28

Monday, Sep 09, 2013 at 16:28
Hi Stephen,
Great thread and pics, was out along the Connie Sue last week, when I got to Neale Junction Len's marker said 465 miles to Emu, was tempted to turn left instead of heading South, Maybe next year
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, Sep 09, 2013 at 19:32

Monday, Sep 09, 2013 at 19:32
Hi Ian

Thanks for that.

If you do head that way next, get in contact and Robin will organize for you to do the Emu - Maralinga Road, which is a great drive, with lots to see and best of all, unlike the Anne Beadell.....no corrugations.


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