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11 Day Nullarbor Crossing – Including Maralinga Atomic Test Site

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The National Atomic Testing

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Nullarbor Crossing – Maralinga Atomic Test Site Tour Package

Inclusions

  • Airfare to Adelaide
  • Entry to Maralinga Atomic Site
  • Koonalda Cave
  • Eucla Telegraph Station
  • Cockelbiddy Cave
  • Camping & Motel Accommodation
  • 10 evening meals, 10 breakfasts, 5 lunches

State

South Australia and Western Australia
Golden Outback and Western Australia

Accommodation

9 nights camping
1 nights motel

Departure Dates

Expressions of Interest 2018

Price List

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Departure from Perth

Senior

$2,490

Adult

$2,550

Land Only

$2,240

Departure from Melbourne

Senior

$2,390

Adult

$2,450

Land Only

$2,240

Departure from Sydney

Senior

$2,390

Adult

$2,450

Land Only

$2,240

Departure from Adelaide

Senior

$2,240

Adult

$2,290

Land Only

$2,240

Departure from Brisbane

Senior

$2,390

Adult

$2,450

Land Only

$2,240

Departure from Hobart

Senior

$0

Adult

$0

Land Only

$0

Single Accomodation

$170

Single Tent Only

$80

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Itinerary Details

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Day 1

(MD, Motel) Fly to Adelaide, free time in the city centre before settling into our motel. Get to know our fellow passengers over dinner.

Day 2

(CB, CAD, Tent in CVan Park) Leaving the fertile alluvial plains north we join the Stuart Highway at Port Augusta and the
landscape turns to red soil desert almost instantly. Further north we lose sight of the Flinders Ranges, cross a few salt lakes to reach Woomera.

Day 3

(CAB, CAD, Tent in CVan Park) The Woomera Range Complex was first established in support of the Anglo-Australian Joint Project. This project focussed on the development of long-range weapons systems after WWII. At the height of its operations (1947–72), over 7000 people lived in Woomera Village. The Range today is much smaller than it was in 1947, but still covers one-seventh of the State of South Australia. And is the world’s largest landbased instrumented defence systems test and evaluation range facility. We visit the Missile Park, Heritage Centre and History Museum before driving up to Roxby Downs. Built in 1987 to service the BHP Olympic Dam Roxby is often referred too as the most modern town of the outback. Afternoon visit to the Opal Mining town of Andamooka to the west of Lake Torrens. Return to Woomera.

Day 4

(CAB, PL, CAD, Tent in CVan Park)Heading west we turn off the highway at Glendambo and follow the railway line to Kingoonya before hitting the dirt Wirrulla Track through the Lake Gairdner National Park to the Eyre Highway. We camp
at Ceduna.

Day 5

(CAB, PD, Tent in CVan Park) Morning meander down the Eyre Peninsula to Streaky Bay for morning tea, we return to Ceduna visiting a number of the bays and beaches along the way. In Ceduna we have a free afternoon with evening fish and chips on the shore of Denial Bay.

Day 6

(CAB, PL, CAD, Tent in CVan Park) Back on the Eyre Highway we reach Yalata where we turn north through the Nullarbor Regional Reserve to reach the Trans Australian Railway at the Watson Siding. From here we travel into the Maralinga Test Site to set up camp.

Day 7

(CAB, PL, CAD, Tent in CVan Park) Maralinga has had extensive and expensive cleaning up and rehabilitation, supervised by the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency. The third and final clean-up was completed in 2000 and visitors can now safely join a conducted tour of the remediated grounds that hosted seven nuclear weapons tests in the 1950s. Learn about a very, very dark chapter in Australia’s history. One Tree, Marco, Kite, Breakaway, Tadje, Biak and Taranaki: innocuous sounding names that at the time provided headlines in the British and Australian press that heralded a growing capacity for Britain to offer a nuclear deterrent to the perceived threat of the Cold War. A hilltop vantage provides views over the detonation areas as the tour continues to the several Ground Zero points

Day 8

(CAB, PL, CAD, Tent in CVan Park) Returning to the coast we visit the Head of Bight, the highest point of the Great Australian Bight and a great spot for whale watching in season and an amazing landscape all the time. Crossing the Nullarbor we take a drive down the Old Eyre Highway to the Koonalda Homestead built of railway sleepers to insulate from the heat and visit Koonalda Cave one of the most extensive limestone cave systems in the world. Crossing over the WA border to camp at Eucla.

Day 9

(CAB, PL, CAD, Tent in CVan Park) Morning visit to the old Eucla Telegraph Station on the coast. Developed in 1877 as a manual repeater station for the Albany to Adelaide Telegraph Line, at its height around 100 people lived and worked here, in 1929 the line was moved and the sand dunes took back the town site. After lunch at the Madura Pass we visit the Cocklebiddy Cave, another amazing system.

Day 10

(CAB, CAD, Tent in Bush) Finishing off the Eyre Highway we reach Norseman. We travel down to what was once the bigger town of Dundas to look around this now deserted gold mining town. In the afternoon we return to the dirt road along the Bremer Range to camp in the bush north of Lake Johnstone, a great way to end any camping tour.

Day 11

(CAB) Passing through the Defence Training Reserve we leave the Saltbush behind as we cross the vermin proof fence and reach the Wheatbelt. The vegetation progressively gets thicker as we pass Corrigin and Brookton to the Jarrah forest and down the Darling Scarp to complete our East West crossing.

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