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Maralinga and the Old Eyre Highway 2020
« on: October 15, 2019, 08:46:11 PM »
Hi,

I have started planning my next little Moke adventure for 2020 with a visit to Maralinga to see what naughty things they got up to and then a drive along the Old Eyre Highway to the SA/WA border. Other highlights maybe Gawler Ranges and some parts of the Eyre Peninsular if time permits. The expected departure date will be either the last or second last weekend in April 2020 which is after Easter and this will in part be determined by the availability of bookings for the Maralinga tour.

There will be around 2-3 days of slow un-maintained dirt roads and another couple of days of reasonable dirt roads with mostly bush camping and the occasional stop over with a shower when I can start to smell the people travelling behind me.  Time wise it will be at least a 9-10 day minimum effort from Melbourne and more likely will be a 14 day trip if people are available for that long.

The Maralinga tour involves handing over $235 each, includes permits and camping fee, to drive out there on Tuesday, stay overnight, do a tour all day Wednesday, stay a second night and leave Thursday when I am hoping we will be able to travel a different way out to the way we went in. This will also involve having enough fuel for around 600km of travel. They start taking bookings in November so I would like to know how many people I need to book for so I can get the dates we want.

I have a 3 or 4 Mokes from our regular group pencilled in already with room for a few more and of course it is Mokes only.

Terry
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Re: Maralinga and the Old Eyre Highway 2020
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2019, 11:32:56 PM »
We have not done the Maralinga tour, but I have never heard of anyone who was disappointed.
Last year we drove to Ooldea from Colona (it is bitumen most of the way), then into the GVD for a couple of weeks and returned via Watson to Disappointment Cave and then along the Old Eyre Highway past Yalata and back to the bitumen.
We asked for and received a permit to transit Yalata country by email.
Mokes will have no difficulty with any of that route.
The last time I travelled further west on the Old Eyre Highway, I was 9 years old and it was the only choice.  ;D
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Re: Maralinga and the Old Eyre Highway 2020
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2019, 11:30:08 AM »
Hi,

Watson and Discovery Cave are on my list for the return leg from Maralinga.

Some of us did a bit of the OEH around Koonalda in 2013 and that trip started me thinking about trying to do the full length of it.

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Re: Maralinga and the Old Eyre Highway 2020
« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2019, 10:11:22 AM »
An article on Maralinga in the ABC news on line today.
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-19/maralinga-living-and-working-at-nuclear-test-range/11603496
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Re: Maralinga and the Old Eyre Highway 2020
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2019, 07:20:47 PM »
Hi,

I just got the dates for the Maralinga Tours today and they have improved things with two tours most weeks rather than just one on Wednesday which might suit our plans a bit better.
https://maralingatours.com.au/bookings/

If I can book a Tuesday Tour then that puts us a day earlier, rather than waiting around, and might mean those with only a week to spare could get back to work by Monday/Tuesday if they had too. At the moment the choices for departure dates are (ex Melbourne) 18th  or 25th April or at a pinch 1st May, all are a Saturday.

We can get a discount on a group booking so I am going to start calling people that have let me know they are interested to get some numbers and firm up the departure date. If you are interested in attending let me know so I can add you to the subatomic list of people attending.

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Re: Maralinga and the Old Eyre Highway 2020
« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2019, 09:31:44 PM »
Hi,

For the sub atomic list of adventurers we have so far

Terry
Peter
Coxy
Team Mazy

And TBC
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Robbie


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