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Desert Tracks #2
This is a journey of 3,800 kms in 2003,from Perth Western Australia across the Gunbarrel Highway to Alice Springs and up the Tanami Track to Newhaven Station in the Northern Territory.  Chapter 2 continues along the Gunbarrel Highway from the Len Beadell Tree, onto Heather Highway and Great Central Road to Giles Weather Station, then a magnificent Sunset at Docker River Camping Ground, and on to Lasseter's Cave.
Album by gladysclancy. Photos by Gladys. 1 - 94 of 94 Total. 17598 Visits.
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Gunbarrel Highway continues
The Gunbarrel Highway was surveyed and constructed by Len Beadell.

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The Len Beadell Desert Bloodwood Tree
Len Beadell put a plaque on this Desert Bloodwood Tree (Eucalyptus terminalis).

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Plaque on Len Beadell Tree

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Shadow of Len Beadell Tree across Gunbarrel Highway

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The Len Beadell Desert Bloodwood Tree
Len Beadell put a plaque on this Desert Bloodwood Tree (Eucalyptus terminalis).

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Mulga Ant's Nest
The Mulga Ant's Nests have a slit-like opening instead of the usual round hole.

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Junction Gunbarrel Highway and Heather Highway

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The Gunbarrel Highway goes on ahead

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Looking back on Gunbarrel Highway behind us

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Turning onto the Heather Highway

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Spinifex and Mulga vegetation

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Early Morning on Heather Highway

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Roadside Wildflowers at Dawn

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Green Crumbweed (Chenopodiaceae) growing between the stones

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Wildflowers along Heather Highway
Verbenaceae. Dicrastylis (Dicrastylis exsuccosa)

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Small Beetle burrowing in the road

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Breakaways, 90 kms east of Warburton

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Caves where Stick Nest Rats live

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Rock Formations

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Close-up of Cave in Breakaways

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Breakaways viewed from road

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Great Central Road between Warburton and Giles
We are now travelling on the Great Central Road between Warburton and Giles in Western Australia.

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Stopped for Lunch

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Two types of Lichen on Rocks

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Tjukurlapini Rockholes (Gnamma Holes)
The Tjukurlapini Rockholes, or Gnamma Holes, were used as a water supply by the Aborigines.

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Rick at Tjukurlapini Rockholes (Gnamma Holes)
The Tjukurlapini Rockholes, or Gnamma Holes, were used as a water supply by the Aborigines.

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Rick and Joe at Tjukurlapini Rockholes

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Great Central Road at Tjukurlapini Rockholes

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Magnificent Rawlinson Range

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Giles Weather Station
The Giles Weather Station was established in 1956 by the Weapons Research Establishment to provide weather data for the UK atomic weapons tests at Emu Plains and Maralinga, and to support the rocket testing program based at Woomera. In 1972, it was transferred to the Bureau of Meteorology.

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Giles Weather Station Codan Radio

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Giles Weather Station Sunshine Recorder

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Giles Weather Station Display

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Giles Weather Station Display of Instruments

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Giles Weather Station Display

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Map made from Burnt Matches

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Giles Weather Station cartoon by Len Beadell

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Giles Weather Station cartoon by Len Beadell

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Giles Weather Station cartoon by Len Beadell

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Remains of the Blue Streak Rocket
The remains of the Blue Streak Rocket which landed near Giles Weather Station.

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Giles Weather Station Memorial to Len Beadell

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Caterpillar Grader used by Len Beadell
Giles is the resting place for the Caterpillar Grader used by Len Beadell to build the Gunbarrel Highway.

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Giles Weather Station against the Light

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Desert Oaks beyond Warakurna

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Desert Oak (Allocasuarina decaisneana)

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Desert Oak (Allocasuarina decaisneana)

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Desert Oaks along Great Central Road

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Seed Cones of the Desert Oak

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Ghost Gum in front of Schwerin Mural Crescent

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Mulga Scrub in front of Ranges

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Grass Trees in front of Schwerin Mural Crescent

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Grass Trees (Xanthorrhoeaceae)

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Grass Trees at Sundown

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Grass Trees at Sundown

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Late Afternoon Sun on Schwerin Mural Crescent

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Desert Sunset 1

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Desert Sunset 2

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Desert Sunset 3

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Desert Sunset 4

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Border Crossing
State Border of Western Australia and Northern Territory.

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Last Rays of Sun at Border Crossing

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Docker River Sunset 1

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Docker River Sunset 2

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Docker River Sunset 3

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Docker River Sunset 4

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Docker River Sunset 5

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Sunrise on Schwerin Mural Crescent

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Sunrise from Docker River Camping Ground

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Docker River Lookout view 1

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Docker River Lookout view 2

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Docker River Lookout view 3

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Docker River Lookout view 4

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Docker River Lookout view 5

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Docker River Lookout view 6

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Docker River Lookout view 7

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Docker River Lookout view 8

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Murals on Information Kiosk at Docker River Camping Ground

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Murals inside Information Kiosk

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Pathway to Lasseter's Cave

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Harsh Country surrounding Lasseter's Cave

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Memorial Plaque for Lewis Harold Bell Lasseter

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Lasseter's Cave
Lewis Harold Bell Lasseter sheltered in this cave for approximately 25 days in January 1931.

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Entrance to Lasseter's Cave
Lasseter was stranded without food after his camels had bolted.

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Near Lasseter's Cave

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Dry Sandy Creekbed near Lasseter's Cave

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Wildflowers, Minuria leptophylla
Minuria grows on flat sandy soil and was found when we stopped to see a Mulga Snake which was crossing the road.

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Banks of the Shaw River after Bushfire

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Dry Sandy Bed of the Shaw River

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Shaw River after recent Bushfire

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Wildflowers, Desert Grevillea

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Red Sand Dunes, Spinifex and young Desert Oak

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Wildflowers

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Rattlepod Grevillea (Grevillea stenobotrya)

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First View of The Olgas on the Horizon

 
   
 
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