Len Beadell Tracks/Roads

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G'day,

I'm planning on leaving Penola, SA arounjd end of March 2015 to do all the Len Beadell tracks. This is my first post in here, so my question has probably been asked before - would be great if you could bear with me.

I'm finding it difficult to find a map with all of Len's roads on it. Can someone please point me in the right direction for such a thing or book etc.

I'm in a Mitsi Delica LWB 2.8 turboed intercooled diesel, that I have built into a campervan.

After that, I'm contemplating doing the Canning SR, Tanami and a few more before heading to Cape York.

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Reply By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Saturday, Jan 24, 2015 at 14:51

Saturday, Jan 24, 2015 at 14:51
Hi Eddie,

There are of course plenty of maps showing Lennie's roads but this one is the only one I know that shows them all on one sheet. Hope it helps.
Click on the (this one) link above for the map website.

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Reply By: Member - TheBushRat - Saturday, Jan 24, 2015 at 15:23

Saturday, Jan 24, 2015 at 15:23
Thanks Allan,

That's just what I was after - a good overview.
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Reply By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Saturday, Jan 24, 2015 at 16:03

Saturday, Jan 24, 2015 at 16:03
Eddie, Here is the same map with the Woomera range Centreline superimposed.
Like the map itself it is not precise.
Thought it may be of some value to you and others.

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Follow Up By: equinox - Sunday, Jan 25, 2015 at 19:46

Sunday, Jan 25, 2015 at 19:46
Hi Allan,
What's the track going in between Mount Davies Road and eastern Gunbarrel?

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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Sunday, Jan 25, 2015 at 22:16

Sunday, Jan 25, 2015 at 22:16
Hi Alan,

The map I posted above came from Ian Bayly's book 'Len Beadell's Legacy'. The track in question, although drawn, is not named on that map.

A map in the frontispiece of Lennie's 'Bush Bashers' book shows that same track (un-named) going from near Cheesemans Peak on the Mt Davies Road, passing Mt Kintore to join the Gunbarrel. As such it is Kintore Avenue, a Beadell road, constructed during 1961.


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Follow Up By: equinox - Sunday, Jan 25, 2015 at 22:29

Sunday, Jan 25, 2015 at 22:29
Very interesting Allan.

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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Sunday, Jan 25, 2015 at 22:34

Sunday, Jan 25, 2015 at 22:34
Incidentally, the Bayly map above is not too precise as I found when superimposing the Woomera range centreline. I positioned the two ends of the centreline as best I could but it then passes too far from Emu.
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Follow Up By: equinox - Sunday, Jan 25, 2015 at 22:36

Sunday, Jan 25, 2015 at 22:36
Yes I noticed that Kintore Avenue joins the GB right on the centre line.

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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Sunday, Jan 25, 2015 at 22:47

Sunday, Jan 25, 2015 at 22:47
As best as I can determine, the centreline crosses the Gunbarrel near Wintawatu, about 50km East of the Kintore Ave junction.
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Saturday, Jan 24, 2015 at 22:16

Saturday, Jan 24, 2015 at 22:16
Hi BushRat

Are you aware of the task entailed to do all of Len Beadell's tracks?

When they were put in by the Gunbarrel Construction Party, they constructed over 6000 kilometres of outback roads, now mostly tracks.

Also it will still be quite hot out in the interior, with temperatures out there still over 40 degrees, plus you will require a good number of permits to travel these tracks, as just about all are through Aboriginal lands.

One the other hand, there are some fantastic tracks out there to drive. Did you know that of all the outback tracks that were put down, the Anne Beadell Highway was his favourite.




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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Sunday, Jan 25, 2015 at 08:57

Sunday, Jan 25, 2015 at 08:57
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I should have also stated that you do not have any books on Len Beadell, there are a number of books out there that give a great run down on how and why the various tracks were established.

Len himself published a number of book which will give you a great taste of what you will be in for.



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Follow Up By: Member - TheBushRat - Sunday, Jan 25, 2015 at 12:46

Sunday, Jan 25, 2015 at 12:46
G'day Stephen,

You're right - I don't have any Beadell books. Will have to get one or two. I have some audio recordings which I have listened to many times - "Too Long In The Bush" and a talk that he gave. Both wonderful stuff.
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Follow Up By: Member - TheBushRat - Sunday, Jan 25, 2015 at 12:53

Sunday, Jan 25, 2015 at 12:53
Back again.

Which of all Len's books is the best and an easy read? I find reading difficult these days.
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Sunday, Jan 25, 2015 at 16:39

Sunday, Jan 25, 2015 at 16:39
Go to this page. The book "Outback Highways" will get many of them in one volume.


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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 at 08:36

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 at 08:36
Hi Eddie

Sorry that I have not returned an answer to your reply, but I have been away.

Here is a list of all the books available regarding Len Beadell and the construction of our iconic Outback Tracks, the first lot written by Len himself, while the last 2 were written by Mark Shephard and Ian Bayly.


Beadell, Len (1976). Beating About the Bush. New Holland Publishers(Australia). ISBN 1-876622-15-6.
Beadell, Len (1967). Blast The Bush. Lansdowne Publishing. ISBN 1-86302-618-5.
Beadell, Len (1971). Bush Bashers. New Holland Publishers (Australia). ISBN 1-86436-734-2.
Beadell, Len (1983). End of an Era. New Holland Publishers (Australia). ISBN 1-86436-733-4.
Beadell, Len (1975). Still in the Bush. Rigby Limited,Adelaide. ISBN 0-7270-0020-9.
Beadell, Len (1965). Too Long in the Bush. New Holland Publishers (Australia). ISBN 1-86436-719-9.
Beadell, Len (1979). Outback highways (compilation of the above). Adelaide South Australia: Rigby. ISBN 0727010832.
Beadell, Len (1997). Around the World in 80 Delays. Corkwood Press, North Adelaide SA. ISBN 1-87624-702-9.

Books about Len Beadell

A Lifetime In The Bush: A biography of Len Beadell by Mark Shephard
Len Beadell's Legacy: Australia's Atomic Bomb and Rocket Roads by Ian Bayly


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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 at 11:15

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 at 11:15
Yes Stephen, they are available through the link I posted above (albeit some only in the compilation.) Did you not open my link?

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 at 14:34

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015 at 14:34
Hi Peter,

Sorry but I did not open your link, thinking it was only refering to the book, Outback Highways.

I wanted to give the complete list of all books that have been written, and I notice that neither the Mark Shephard or Ian Bayly books are not available through the EO shop.

Reading Ian's book did open a can of worms and pointed out that Len was a very good story teller indeed, and not all that was put down in print was correct.......and Len himself never witnessed first hand the very first nuclear bomb at Emu, which Len gave great details in his book, Blast the Bush details how he was in the official party to witness the explosion, when in fact he was with a group of Officials, looking for a new perminant test site that eventually was to be known as Maralinga.



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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Thursday, Jan 29, 2015 at 16:44

Thursday, Jan 29, 2015 at 16:44
Stephen,

Then of course there are some books on Woomera which contain some extended remarks about Len's roadbuilding. However no more information than what is in the books you referenced.

A word of advice....... It is not wise to make any reference to Mark Shepard's or Ian Bayly's books to Mick or Connie. The response is not enthusiastic to say the least!
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Reply By: Member - TheBushRat - Saturday, Jan 24, 2015 at 22:49

Saturday, Jan 24, 2015 at 22:49
Thanks for the advice, Stephen. Maybe won't quite do all of them - will just play it by ear and see how we go.
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Reply By: Member - Cuppa - Sunday, Jan 25, 2015 at 11:28

Sunday, Jan 25, 2015 at 11:28
G’day Eddie my old fruit, long time no speak. Good to see you’re still around & contemplating mad adventures in your Delica.

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Reply By: Member - TheBushRat - Sunday, Jan 25, 2015 at 12:51

Sunday, Jan 25, 2015 at 12:51
G'day Cuppa,

Great to hear from you.

I have recently returned from NZ, where I bought a small and old Mitsi motor home - travelled for nearly 9 months and had a ball - sold it, came home and have been working on the Delica for a few weeks.

I thought that it's about time to give the Delica a decent work out. People have often asked me where has the Delica been where the old Transit hasn't? Bloody nowhere! Hence this trip.

Hope to catch up again, somewhere!
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