Any 2023 updates on APY Land permits

Submitted: Saturday, Mar 04, 2023 at 12:54
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We hoping to go West from Victory Downs, via Gunbarrel in APY Land. I've heard lots of talk of refusal of permit applications and i wondered if anyone has an update.
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Reply By: Stephen L (Clare) SA - Saturday, Mar 04, 2023 at 13:11

Saturday, Mar 04, 2023 at 13:11
In a nutshell, if you are not working in the APY Lands or know someone that lives there, they do not hand out tourist permits.

The time we went through there, we personally know a number of Aboriginal people there and our permit was issue “Family Visit”.

The bush telegraph work extremely well there. We stop to see if a Police Aid needed help with a flat . He was ok and said I know where you are going, yet had never seem him before.
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Follow Up By: Member - Kenny M - Saturday, Mar 04, 2023 at 22:17

Saturday, Mar 04, 2023 at 22:17
Thanks Stephen
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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Sunday, Mar 05, 2023 at 04:57

Sunday, Mar 05, 2023 at 04:57
Yes, when I went through, the cops stopped me to check my permit.

I think it is even harder to get in these days. I read that Connie Sue Beadell and Mick Hutton were even refused permits.

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Reply By: Member - McLaren3030 - Sunday, Mar 05, 2023 at 07:49

Sunday, Mar 05, 2023 at 07:49
I know that before COVID-19, permits were very hard to get for this section of road, but not impossible. During COVID-19, all access to this area (as was access to most indigenous communities), was denied to anyone who did not work in the area, and that included Tour Operators such as Beadell’s.

In 2017, we had travel permits for this road from Warburton through to Surveyor Generals Corner, but not for further East than there. This area east of Surveyor Generals Corner is the area that you want to travel. From Mulga Park to Surveyor Generals Corner is basically a “no go” area for anyone not connected to the “APY” communities.

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