Truscott Airbase,Anjo Peninsula WA

Submitted: Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 10:59
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Does anyone know if you can get there by road or have to fly in?After watching a TV show on Sunday and then looking it up on Google there seems to be alot of plane wrecks and old machinery to look at if you can get there and find them.Thanks all
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 11:12

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 11:12
Yes there is a "road" in but I have not driven it - still on the list. :)
That area is "strictly off limits" (as is everything west of the King Edward River)according to the Kalumburu Aboriginal Corporation. Getting permission from them may be problematic.

Cheers,
Peter
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Follow Up By: Member - Stuart and Gunny - Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 20:37

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 20:37
Hi Peter
After watching all4adventure on Sunday i felt as im going up there i will have a look.I intent to go down the Gibb river road, a few side tracks wont bother me.Thanks, chat latter.
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Reply By: Member - mechpete - Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 11:22

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 11:22
hey guys ,
just watched the show this morning , as far as I,m aware it is very strictly
prohibited area , controlled entry is by ADF ,would like to get into there
some good relics to see ,
mechpete
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Follow Up By: Member - Stuart and Gunny - Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 20:40

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 20:40
Hi Pete
I would love to have a look i will try and find out more latter.
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Reply By: Member - NQ Bill - Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 15:36

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 15:36
Truscott is the forward base for helicopter ops into the Timor Sea. You will need both airport owner & local indiginous approval to go there
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Follow Up By: Member - Stuart and Gunny - Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 20:44

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 20:44
Hi Bill
It sounds your correct on getting in there.I might try that trip at another date.Cheers
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Reply By: nickoff - Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 16:02

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 16:02
There used to be a road in from Drysdale River Mission during the war years, but quickly fell into disrepair after the end of WW2. Road was last used about 1990 when SANTOS reopened it and refurbished the runway to use as a supply base for the oil and gas exploration in the area.
The road had long since fallen into disrepair again as it was uneconomical to use.
Everthing in and out of Truscott moves by barge or air. No other choice.
Not much left of war time relics, bush fires and corrosion have seen to that.
Area is still scattered with live munitions, even though the army did a major delousing on the 90's.
Wrecks the used to be viewable were a B24 that crashed during takeoff and a Japanese Dyna, that was shot down over the sea and recovered. A Spitfire that crashed during landing was bulldozed into the scrub during refurbishment in the 90's.
Strip has been refurbished yet again and is now 1400 metres long and lit for night operations.
Base camp can support about 60 personal and is used as a transit point for oil and gas exploration, local pearl farms and Coast watch. The move over 8 million litres of Jet A1 a year through the base.

I was a manager and purchasing officer for the operation, on and off, from 2002 to 2011.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stuart and Gunny - Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 20:51

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 20:51
Hi Nick
Thanks for the information ,i was watching a tv program on Sunday an it looked like a great place to visit.
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 17:30

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 17:30
I enquired about driving into Truscott in 2008 and was assured by the locals at Kalumburu that it was still possible at that time.
If you look on Google satellite view now, the road is still quite clear. If it was not in periodic use, sections of it it would disappear from view quite quickly.

None of that overcomes the problems of permission and no doubt it would not be a "Sunday drive".

Cheers,
Peter
OKA196 Motorhome
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Reply By: Member - Rowdy6032 (WA) - Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 20:03

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 20:03
Hi

Not sure if we are talking about the same show but it was only last week that I watched the All 4 Adventure crew drive into Truscott from Drysdale. They were guided in by some of the locals.

The track was as rough as. Apparently a team from the Army that had tried previously had to turn back.

There were signs at Truscott saying no entry and the All 4 Adventure crew were refused admittance. Jason only got in on foot as he needed medical attention for a hernia.

A long and rough trip only to be refused admittance. Good luck with that trip.

Regards
Rowdy
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Reply By: rumpig - Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 22:47

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014 at 22:47
if you re-watch the show again, i'm pretty sure they mention a couple of times in the show that they were granted permission to do that trip. Was a good watch the past 2 episodes i thought
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Reply By: Member - NQ Bill - Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014 at 01:49

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014 at 01:49
I worked there FIFO for a few years 2009-11 we saw a couple of 4x4 adventures who were not allowed into the airfield.
The area is quite fascinating with a lot of WW2 hardware in the bush. My Dad was in Z Special 1943-46 & staged through there on a few occasions.
Until all parties involved with Truscott work on allowing drive in visitors to transit I'd say its a long way to go to be refused a place to camp.
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Follow Up By: Member - mechpete - Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014 at 14:35

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014 at 14:35
what a shame they don,t make use of the historic factor an
have a guide take you around the site , like they do at m
Maralinga . There is so much history of ww11 in Australia
my 2 bobs worth
mechpete
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Follow Up By: Gary.L - Thursday, Nov 27, 2014 at 21:34

Thursday, Nov 27, 2014 at 21:34
I might have good news Pete. Wunambel Gaambera rangers are tourist guides and have done quite a few tours of Truscott and surrounding areas. The catch is that it will take a bit of planning and preparation, and you will need to either fly into Truscott, or boat there.
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Reply By: Member - kimberleybloke - Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014 at 10:50

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014 at 10:50
There is a good book called "Truscott Secret", the diary of Australia's secret wartime Kimberley airbase, 1943-1946, by John and Carol Beasy if you can find a copy. lots of info photos and maps.
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Reply By: The Bantam - Thursday, Nov 27, 2014 at 09:27

Thursday, Nov 27, 2014 at 09:27
If its still operational AND there are unexploded munitions in the area...I doubt that any casual civilian will be allowed admission any time soon.

After all, no casual civilian will get permission to go onto any currently operational airport or military base.

cheers
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Reply By: Al S3 - Monday, Dec 01, 2014 at 18:32

Monday, Dec 01, 2014 at 18:32
I drove into Truscott mid 2013 after receiving permission from the TOs, nice track.

Towed my Tvan and mates followed in their D22 Navara. Track is approx 50km long, and took about 6hrs in & 4hrs out.
Had a chat with the shocked airfield workers, viewed the crashed bomber/ old Transport area/ barge landing, and had lunch at the 'remote' beach that the 'Adventure boys' visited.
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Follow Up By: AL_105 - Monday, Dec 01, 2014 at 18:40

Monday, Dec 01, 2014 at 18:40
Oh, and ADF or KAC don't control/manage the area. The TOs and lease of the area manage access ;-)
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