Welcome to this site. I hope that you enjoy viewing
it as much
I enjoyed making it. The site is constantly under development so please
bookmark it and come back often. I travel to the Eastern Goldfields
about four or five times a year and my friend Peta and I very much
enjoy exploring the woodlines and photographing what remains. We travel
in my 1975 Toyota Landruiser and, depending on
the weather, camp out in
swags or tow a camper trailer. We also use a quad
bike to get into
the places where the Cruiser can't go.
While much of the southern end of the
woodlines area is on Unallotted Crown Land (UCL), a lot of the areas
further north are on pastoral leases and some of them are on mining
leases. One of the stations on which much of the Lakewood woodline,
from about the 52 mile to the 78 mile and including a portion of the
Luigi Cappa tour, lies is
Madoonia Downs. The owner of the station, Ned Shields is a mate of
mine. He does not mind people travelling on his station to have a look
around but he does like to know who is out there. If you want to travel
on his land, you should ring him on 08 9020 8025. And remember to
always leave station gates as you find them.
Getting access to the mining leases is
The one mining company that I did contact flatly refused to even
consider letting me on their lease. Hopefully not all mining companies
will be like that although I do understand why they don't want strange
people driving around their territory.
Much of the country around the Cave Hill
Rock area is Dept of Environment and Conservation (DEC) reserve as is a
the area north of the Great Eastern Highway near the Jaurdi Hills. If
you wish to travel to Wallaroo Rock from the Jaurdi Hills Road, you
will need to contact Brookfield Rail to
obtain permission to travel on the access road for the main east west
No matter what the status of the country
or who owns
or manages it, if you should go out there, pleases treat our bush with
the respect it deserves.
You might be interested in how I
navigate my way
around the bush when exploring the woodlines. I have a Toshiba A80
mounted in the front of my Landcruiser. It runs Oziexplorer moving map
software with Natmap 1:250000 raster topographical maps with GPS
input via a magnetic GPS mouse on the bonnet. I often pre-plan my trips
by carefully examining Google Earth for any signs left behind by the
woodlines. Once you become used to it, spotting traces of the old lines
on Google Earth is quite easy and it save much time when you are on the
ground in the area. Once I find what I am looking for in Google Earth,
plot waypoints and then transfer them to Oziexplorer.
I also have a Magellan
GPS mounted in the vehicle and another is fitted to the quad bike. I
use a Magellan Triton 2000 GPS for when I am on foot.
I have also recently become a fan of the Hema
Navigator 5 which run the
excellent Oziexplorer CE. It's not quite as user friendly as the full
strength version of Oziexplorer but it is very good. I particularly
like it's odometers which I have found to be very accurate.
Most importantly though, I also carry
topographical maps, a compass, ruler and pencils. These things don't
rely on batteries. You should always carry some sort of backup
navigation equipment like this when exploring this type of country and
you should know how to use them. There are a couple of good sites on
the internet on navigation using paper maps and compass, etc. Just try
Googling "Land Navigation".
If you wish to contact me, my email
rdiery at bigpond.net.au. You will have to change the 'at' to the thing
above the '2' on your keyboard.
2008 Site created and first published.
2008 Photos added to
Rolling Stock and Railway Remains sections. Site History and References
30 November 2008 More photos added
to Camps, Rolling Stock, Railway Remains and Locomotive sections.
6 December 2009 All
links now go to separate pages. Added Miscellaneous page.
9 May 2010
More photos added to Locomotives
20 April 2013
Minor editing and added Facebook link to each
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