James Annetts and Simon Amos

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Are the seismic tracks passable by car and does one need a permit at

“...bogged on a seismic line, numbered RH 8605 on co-ordinates 21 degrees, 31 minutes South and 127 degrees, 34 minutes, 42 seconds East.”

This is supposedly where those two boys were found in 1987 according to the "Death in the Sand" website.
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Reply By: Phil B (WA) - Friday, Dec 19, 2014 at 08:55

Friday, Dec 19, 2014 at 08:55
Hi Mick,
While I didn't do that partly seismic line, I was on others in the area back in 2010 - most were hopelessly overgrown.

You need a permit to do the Balgo-Kiwirrkurra Road when asking for that you'll need to spell out the wish to head to the Annetts and Amos site.

By the way you say 'passable by car' - I hope you meant by high clearance 4WD - a car wont get you along the Balgo road let alone this site.


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Follow Up By: Mick T3 - Friday, Dec 19, 2014 at 09:30

Friday, Dec 19, 2014 at 09:30
So a Suburu Forester would be on a fool's errand?

There is an Aboriginal tour guide working out of Balgo, but that would be very expensive especially if one wanted to hang around for a few days.

Could a lone Land Cruiser get through?

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Follow Up By: Phil B (WA) - Friday, Dec 19, 2014 at 09:39

Friday, Dec 19, 2014 at 09:39
If it were me I wouldn't go out here in a Forrester.

A lone cruiser could but you may strike difficulties in getting the permit for a lone vehicle.

I looked on the permit application site and there is no listing for the Balgo Road, you'll have to select the 'Other - please specify travel details below" line. See here
http://www.daa.wa.gov.au/en/Entry-Permits/EP_Y_PermitForm/


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Reply By: Road Warrior - Friday, Dec 19, 2014 at 14:26

Friday, Dec 19, 2014 at 14:26
Ah I remember this tragedy now. Lots of questions still.

Looking at the photos on that webpage/blog "deaths in the sand" of the "access track" to the site it might even be impassable for a 4x4?
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Follow Up By: Mick T3 - Friday, Dec 19, 2014 at 14:57

Friday, Dec 19, 2014 at 14:57
The mother of James Annetts says he was murdered, but the judge at the Inquest said it was an accident.
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Reply By: equinox - Friday, Dec 19, 2014 at 21:31

Friday, Dec 19, 2014 at 21:31
Agree with Phil, tough country

Sometimes it would be easier to drive alongside some of those shotlines than on the shotline itself.

Country is patchy, some clear areas and some really spikey sections. Never any thick bush.
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Reply By: Mick T3 - Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 09:35

Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 at 09:35
www.deathinthesand.weebly.com

I'm probably going to stay an armchair explorer, but if anyone goes out to where those boys died then some pictures on exploroz would be great.

There should be a memorial for them there.



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