Can I get to Maralinga ???

Submitted: Monday, May 15, 2006 at 03:29
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Hi all, just planning for my next trip in July and was wondering if it is possible for the general public to travel to Maralinga, or are permits required?

Cheers

Peter
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Reply By: Member - Mike H (VIC) - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 05:10

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 05:10
G'day Peter,
I think you do need a permit, no idea where you would get it.

I thought of visiting there a few years ago but after I read this article I changed my mind,
Maralinga

I don't need "glow in the dark" crown jewels (-;

Take care,
Mike
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Reply By: traveller2 - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 08:23

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 08:23
AFAIK you cannot get a permit to visit Maralinga or environs, Emu is possible though, been there several times and don't glow yet!
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Reply By: Member - Andrew W (SA) - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 08:27

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 08:27
Should be possible although discouraged.

Maralinga Tjarutja are based in Ceduna where they have their main office.

(08) 8625 2946

You can go to EMU on the Anne Beadell, but to go down to the Maralinga Lands they will generally want a good reason.

Chris Dodd is out at Oak Valley and a really great bloke - his number when you can find him is (08) 8670 4214 - he is also a ranger for the Unnamed Conservation Park, although I suspect he will just refer you off to the office.

The best approach seems to be to do DEH at Ceduna for the NP's, and then to get the referral from them to Maralinga guys.

When are you planning on going? I am anticipating going out there in July during the SA School hols. Was thinking of:

* Great Australian Bight, Cocklebiddy, Israelite Bay, Rawlinna, Connie Sue to Neales Breakaways/Neales Junction
* Anne Beadell including side-trip into Maralinga and Oak Valley
* Coober Pedy and perhaps Painted Desert then home.

Ciao for now
Andrew.
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Follow Up By: P.G. (Tas) - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 10:53

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 10:53
Thanks for that Andrew. Maralinga is my plan B in case the better half can't get time off work. Should know for sure in a week or two. Will let you know dates if I'm going.

Cheers,

Peter
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Reply By: Member - Coyote (SA) - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 08:29

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 08:29
Yes you can go there. ( I am going there in July) then fro mthere to Emu and then up to Uluru.
You will need a permit for:
Woomera Prohibited area which if you look up the Anne Beadell Highway on Explore Oz it will have links to the permits you require or e-mail the area Control Offocer at Wally.broome@defence.gov.au
You will also need a permit for Maralinga Tjautja Lands who you can contact at
Administrator Maralinga Tjaruta Lands PO Box 435 Ceduna SA 5690 Ph (08) 8625 2946 or fax (08) 8625 3076
If you are going that way you wil lneed permit for Unnamed Conservation Park - Department of Environmnet and Heritage PO Box 569 Ceduna SA 5690 Ph (08) 8625 3144 or fax (08) 8625 3123,
And finally Tallaringa Conservatio Park if you go that way at DDepartment of Environment and Heritage 9 Mackay St Pt Augusta SA 5700 Ph (08) 8648 5300.

Good luck and happy travelling, I am not sure for certain but I believe there is a requirment to have two vehilces ina convoy, a Sat phone or HF and at least two spare wheels. Even if not essential it would be wise as you are going into some areas that are rarely travleeed and the caretakers at Maralinga are probably sick of being asked for help... You may be able to request to buy diesel only at Maraling if you plan ahead and request it before you get there, There is not a conventional fuel station there.
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Follow Up By: signman - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 09:05

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 09:05
Morning Coyote
Not trying to put a dampener on it..but I would check again for your access to Maralinga.
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Follow Up By: Member - Jay Gee (WA) - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 14:52

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 14:52
Do you mean you are planning to take the Maralinga to Emu track?

I would be interested in how you go getting access there. There is an unclaimed "Confluence" point just off that track.

Jeff
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Follow Up By: Member - Coyote (SA) - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 20:16

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 20:16
Yes, our plan was to drive the railway line from Woomera to Maralinga then up to Emu and from there through to Uluru (although getting a permoit from the 'pit' Lands is proving difficult.
Pardon my ignorance but what is an "unclaimed confluence?" and what do you do with one?? can you eat it??? it sounds more like something you do after you have eaten something else..
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Follow Up By: Member - Jay Gee (WA) - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 21:48

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 21:48
Confluencing is a world wide GPS game where every crossing of an exact latitude and longitude is found, photographed and documented. See www.confluence.org/ for more information. In this case 29 degrees latitude and 132 degrees longitude is up for grabs for someone to find.
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 22:12

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 22:12
Hmmm, like Signman, I thought Maralinga was off limits to everyone. All the best if you successfully got permission.
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 22:16

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 22:16
Have been able to get permission to do the railway line west of Tarcoola?? According to the Railways people, its a private track.
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Reply By: Member - Coyote (SA) - Monday, May 15, 2006 at 09:20

Monday, May 15, 2006 at 09:20
Thanks for that Signman.. will check it out..
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Reply By: GaryInOz (Vic) - Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 00:06

Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 00:06
just follow the yellowcake road........
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