kiidson track / wapet road

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can anyone help with info on kidson track, wapet rd., or telfer mine rd. They don't come up in the eo trek search. just wondering what sort of country, how rough, wildlife, traffic, permits ect. thankyou
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Reply By: Kev - Member - Wynnum - Monday, Jan 26, 2009 at 22:33

Monday, Jan 26, 2009 at 22:33
Hi one way,
We did the Kidson Track last July east to west. It was the best road I have ever travelled.
We took it slowly to savour the trip. Only saw two other vehicles in the same party who were travelling west to east.
The road is easy, some wash out areas, soft sand and overgrown shrubbery. Easy to stake a tyre if you go off track. Didn't find much drinking water in the desert. Not much wildlife, Permits available free on line for abr. communities.
We travelled with three other families. had a great time.
Kev
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Follow Up By: Willem - Monday, Jan 26, 2009 at 22:36

Monday, Jan 26, 2009 at 22:36
Kev

Permits? Since when?


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Reply By: Willem - Monday, Jan 26, 2009 at 22:40

Monday, Jan 26, 2009 at 22:40
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Do an Archive Search. Any number of posts on these tracks. One I saw recently post 65254

An easy run with some sand and some washouts and some scratchy bits but nothing serious. Telfer Mine Rd/Punmu is an easy run a well. A way past Telfer heading west you strike the bitumen


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Follow Up By: Richard Kovac - Monday, Jan 26, 2009 at 23:01

Monday, Jan 26, 2009 at 23:01
"A way past Telfer heading west you strike the bitumen"

should be right at Telfer by now, bitumen that is

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Richard
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Follow Up By: Willem - Monday, Jan 26, 2009 at 23:11

Monday, Jan 26, 2009 at 23:11
Ah! A luminary awakes from a sleepy corner.....................lol



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Follow Up By: Richard Kovac - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2009 at 00:36

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2009 at 00:36
I'm not sure if thats a good thing or a bad thing????? :-)
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2009 at 00:25

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2009 at 00:25
NextG reception is available in the hills north of Telfer Mine.
Telfer do NOT want to know about tourists using the Telfer Mine Road (from the Wapet Road intersection towards Marble Bar), despite the note to the contary on the HEMA maps.

The road as far as the Woodie Woodie intersection was still mostly unsealed as of last year, but likely to change.

As of July 2008, they were also planning to shift the security gate so that travellers going south to Rudall River NP did not need to go through security.

The 'phone number on the HEMA maps is also NBG, but you can get the security gate on UHF40 if required.

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Peter
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Reply By: Member - Mick O (VIC) - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2009 at 06:35

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2009 at 06:35
Was on it in July and there is a track report HERE and a bit of info includding some camping spots in my blog entries from the 21st July, 2008 onwards.

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Reply By: Member - Footloose - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2009 at 11:39

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2009 at 11:39
Am I the only one that feels that the Kidson Track and the Wapet Road are often confused by those asking questions (and perhaps sometimes by those answering them :).
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2009 at 13:25

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2009 at 13:25
No you are not the only one Footloose, that is why it is useful to describe exactly where via some other information.

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Peter
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Follow Up By: Kev - Member - Wynnum - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2009 at 21:33

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2009 at 21:33
Footloose,

I don't see what you mean by 'the Kidson Track and Wapet Rd being often confused'. Are you intimating that they are different routes.

The names refer to the same track do they not. West Australian Petroleum Exploration Team made a track which followed the explorer Kidson. Kunawarritji to Eighty Mile Beach

Same road two different names.

Kev
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Follow Up By: Member - Footloose - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2009 at 21:42

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2009 at 21:42
Yes, you're correct. On the Hema map, the Kidson and Wapet are the same track...although I believe Len put in the original tracks but they were soon superceded by the WAPET ones.
The road west of the southernend of Lake Auld is the Telfer Mine Road, not the Wapet AFAIK.
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Follow Up By: equinox - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2009 at 22:22

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2009 at 22:22
Kev,

Edward Kidson only went down the CSR I believe. Conducting magnetic obsevations in 1914.

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Reply By: Member - one way ticket (VIC) - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2009 at 14:46

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2009 at 14:46
thanks to all
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Reply By: jezza68 - Wednesday, Jan 28, 2009 at 00:00

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2009 at 00:00
Len Beadell went Northwest to Callawa and linked the road with what is now known as the Kidson track.
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