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Discussion in 'Australia' started by ferals5, Aug 18, 2017.
Anyone been there any dramas getting access from the RAAF ?
I was chatting to a couple the other week that had just been to Maralinga. The camped there and did a tour and said it was great.
I plan to go there in the 4by en the next few years and if the emu claypan is accessible i will go there too
Yeh, no dramas. Get your permits in early. There are restricted periods
Cheers, the current access calendar only runs to June18 and june is a lock out, will have to wait and see what july/august look like.
I'm booked in to do the Maralinga tour in a couple of days (10th), kinda excited about it, it's been high on the to-do list since they started the tours...
$225 for the 2 nights camping, day tour, permits and such, a bit pricey but not bad considering it's the only way you can see the area....
I did the tour last year... great setup with the two nights camping and full day tour. Very interesting with the history, background and events that took place out there... it left a big impression on me.
This guy, the guide, has been involved out there for lots of years and really knows his thing - beyond the usual numbers and facts...
I can only recommend it... if any interest in the history - including politics of the outback.
@Sand Goanna . . .
When we going?
$225 well spent... 7 hour 92km tour:
Also, next year they'll probably be opening Emu Rd between Maralinga and Emu Junction for people doing the tour, so you can come in here, or go out, to the north... to Anne Beadell Hwy... Check out the Emu/Totem sites in the one trip...
thanks for the info flickit
Make sure you do it before you get a dicky ticker. A mate of mine went out there and it flattened the battery on his pacemaker. True story.
The Emu explosions were the first by the British. They moved the testing south to Maralinga, as Westerly winds was blowing radiation where they didn't want it. Just been through the Anne Beadell, and seen the Emu sites. Totem 1 was 15th October 1953, and Totem 2 about a month later, and only about a km away from Totem 1.
Check out Pg 1 of my ride report -
KTM990 -F800GS July / August 2017 Anne Beadell Crossing It is in Local Ride reports.
Thread bump.... No issue getting WPA permits to go to Emu and through the ABH ... I initially applied for a 2 day permit, a defence guy called me and suggested I reapply for a week just in case I have any issues, he said they don't care how long you get a permit for and he implied the sky would fall if I broke down in there and my permit expired, or such...
Intriguing. Guess I'm not going on the tour.
Boringly, it looks like I'm getting a new lead for my defib soon so will ask the Ep guys what they know about this to fill in the time.
They had a defib hanging on the wall in the camping area at Maralinga,
My plans for this year are shelved but trying for 2019 jammed in the middle of a coast to coast ride
Could be wrong, but I always thought that the first tests took place at the Montebello Islands (west of Dampier) - 3/10/'52. Refer: https://australianmap.net/monte-bello-islands/
Correct.. Totem 1 was the first on mainland Australia though: