Ooldea to Tarcoola

Submitted: Thursday, Aug 20, 2015 at 18:25
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Hi eveyone,

Has anybody done this section between Ooldea and Tarcoola in the past month or so?

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Laurie
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Reply By: Les - PK Ranger - Thursday, Aug 20, 2015 at 18:30

Thursday, Aug 20, 2015 at 18:30
Laurie, I've wanted to plan a trip to drive the route to top of Googs Tk from Maralinga for quite a while.
ALL inquiries lead me to it being apparent that both the rail maint tk and the supposed near parallel NBN tk are off limits, so not sure you can do it and keep within the specifics of those 2 track owners wishes not to have them used as thoroughfares.
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Follow Up By: Member - Laurie K (WA) - Thursday, Aug 20, 2015 at 19:55

Thursday, Aug 20, 2015 at 19:55
Thanks Les.
Yes, I am aware of those restrictions. Just asking at this stage.
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Laurie
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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Thursday, Aug 20, 2015 at 19:57

Thursday, Aug 20, 2015 at 19:57
Cheers Laurie, would certainly love to drive it, looks great on the maps and bet there's some great sandy stuff in there :)
Who knows, will keep digging on it and see if there's a way.
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Follow Up By: Member - Laurie K (WA) - Thursday, Aug 20, 2015 at 20:01

Thursday, Aug 20, 2015 at 20:01
Les, drop me an email at laurie@lauriekibblewhite.com and I will email you back.
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Laurie
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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Thursday, Aug 20, 2015 at 20:12

Thursday, Aug 20, 2015 at 20:12
Just emailed . . . .
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Thursday, Aug 20, 2015 at 21:24

Thursday, Aug 20, 2015 at 21:24
Hi Laurie

You can ask 2 official about the drive, both will give you different stories.

Years ago, as you entered the track coming off Googs Track, there was a very large sign advising that entry beyond that point heading west was prohibited.

Over the years, the sign has disappeared and there are no signs to say that you are not permitted along the road. We were advised by Robin from Maralinga that we were able to drive the road, as he claimed that the road that you drive on was put in by Telstra when they did the fibre optic cabling across the Nullarbor. When ever Robin has to go to Adelaide, this is his quickest way for him and he uses it on a regular basis.

Yes there are two tracks, the main road that is very well maintained and a goat track alongside the railway line that anyone would be crazy to drive.

The only time that you would not want to be on is is when it is wet. Make sure that you have a good look around Tarcoola, as there is more to see there than you think.


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Follow Up By: Member - Laurie K (WA) - Thursday, Aug 20, 2015 at 21:32

Thursday, Aug 20, 2015 at 21:32
Thanks Stephen

That is in line with some of my enquiries. Great pics.

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Follow Up By: OBJ - Friday, Aug 21, 2015 at 15:23

Friday, Aug 21, 2015 at 15:23
You are correct on the Optic Fibre Road. Robin gave me the same advice when we were in Maralinga in July. Unfortunately, I broke a shock absorber mount there and had to high tail it back to Ceduna for repairs so was not able to travel that track at all. Next time :)

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Follow Up By: Member - Graham N (SA) - Friday, Aug 21, 2015 at 20:11

Friday, Aug 21, 2015 at 20:11
Hi Stephen,
Love to hear the very interesting story behind that derailment in the photo above.

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Friday, Aug 21, 2015 at 21:24

Friday, Aug 21, 2015 at 21:24
Hi Graham

I thought that you being an ex train driver would know the details.

After we got home found the full report on the Internet.



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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Friday, Aug 21, 2015 at 23:21

Friday, Aug 21, 2015 at 23:21
Hi Graham

I just found the details again for you to read.


Train Derailment


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