Watson to the Eyre Highway via Yalata land. Is a permit required?

Submitted: Sunday, Jul 29, 2018 at 13:42
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Anyone know if permits are required for this route or not.
I can't find any mentions anywhere.
And what about that section of the Old Eyre Highway?

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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Sunday, Jul 29, 2018 at 18:56

Sunday, Jul 29, 2018 at 18:56
Hi Peter

Are you talking about the track south from Watson down to Nullarbor Roadhouse?

If that is the track you are talking about, it is not on Aboriginal Land.


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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Sunday, Jul 29, 2018 at 20:12

Sunday, Jul 29, 2018 at 20:12
No Stephen. The desired route is from Watson going SW via Disappointment cave (in the Regional Reserve) to the Old Eyre Highway which is mostly in Yalata land.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, Jul 30, 2018 at 07:41

Monday, Jul 30, 2018 at 07:41
Hi Peter

When we have driven it, we were told that below the Trans Line is Crown Land and no permits required.

It's a slow easy drive and just take your time over the larger limestone rocks.

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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Monday, Jul 30, 2018 at 12:25

Monday, Jul 30, 2018 at 12:25
We won't be going along the Trans line at all. We will be coming into Watson from the north east and continuing south west across the Nullarbor Regional Reserve.

The question only relates to the Yalata Land at the southern end, before the Eyre Highway.

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Follow Up By: Pete G - Monday, Jul 30, 2018 at 21:55

Monday, Jul 30, 2018 at 21:55
Hi, Peter,
From my searches all I could find was the Yalata Site saying that Permits were required for access on the Southern side of the highway ie to the beaches/fishing spots. It may pay to call Yalata direct. I would be interested to know the answer as I will be doing this in a few weeks. Vesting of the land rights to Yalata occurred in 2014 or thereabouts I believe.


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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Monday, Jul 30, 2018 at 22:00

Monday, Jul 30, 2018 at 22:00
Yep, I found the same....
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Reply By: Pete G - Sunday, Jul 29, 2018 at 19:52

Sunday, Jul 29, 2018 at 19:52
Hi Peter, Stephen
Good to catch up again. Just doing my own research as looking to do same in a 3-4 weeks time. We will have a couple of dogs and was looking at NP's - not a lot of definitive info about on that issue (believe a transit permit can be obtained) . The road from Disappointment caves branches 2 ways both end onto the Old Hwy. That bit (Nth of the new Hwy) is on Yalata Land. Looked at Yalata and permits seemingly only required to enter lands to south of the Eyre Hwy. Entry to Head of Bight facility for whale watching is rock up to Visitor Centre and pay the entry fee.

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Follow Up By: IvanTheTerrible - Sunday, Jul 29, 2018 at 19:57

Sunday, Jul 29, 2018 at 19:57
No dogs allowed in Nullabor National park
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Wednesday, Aug 01, 2018 at 21:55

Wednesday, Aug 01, 2018 at 21:55
Has no one else here ever driven this road?
Sounds like a good reason to go :)

We now have a transit permit from Yalata.

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Thursday, Aug 02, 2018 at 18:30

Thursday, Aug 02, 2018 at 18:30
Hi Peter

Yes I have and as per my reply above, it takes you down towards Nullarbor Roadhouse.


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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Thursday, Aug 02, 2018 at 18:57

Thursday, Aug 02, 2018 at 18:57
Thanks Stephen. I clearly misread your post :(
The area immediately south of Watson is Regional Reserve and below that (both sides of the highway) is Yalata Aboriginal land.
The route we propose meets the Eyre Highway 40km east of Nullarbor RH.

Did you stop at Disappointment Cave? I was there (and at the 3 Diprose Caves a bit further north) in 1954 when I was a kid, but don't recall any details of them.

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