0 Likes

Sir Frederick Range
Australia

Once upon a time there was a man who went by the name Len Beadell, he was employed as a surveyor and his job was to survey and lead a group of people who were to be known as "The Gunbarrel Road Construction Party". These men were the ones who made many thousands of kilometres of access roads over many of Australia's Deserts during the 1950's and '60s. On building a road later named "The Sandy Blight Junction Road", Len decided that after having driven his Landrover to the summit of the Sir Fredrick Range that a side track should be bulldozed and perhaps graded to allow easier access. This would later help surveyors build the trig point at the summit to assist in mapping the mostly as yet unmapped country, but also Len seemed to have his heart quite set on making the Sandy Blight Junction Road a bit of a tourist attraction, which he succeeded quite well in.

Most of the Sandy Blight Junction Road is no longer maintained and the main track has been bypassed in places due to the original track being washed away. Certain sections are quite heavily corrigated. The photographer of this image visited the area in the peak tourist season, yet did not see another human for over 2 days whilst travelling in the Northern section of the road.

The Sandy Blight Junction Road skirts the Eastern edge of the Gibson Desert and bridges 2 "main" roads, the Great Central and the Gary Junction Road (the latter built by the same party), both of these roads are unsealed gravel roads. 

Copyright: David Rowley
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 7000x3500
Uploaded: 10/07/2011
Updated: 12/06/2014
Views:

...


Tags: fredrick; range; sandy; blight; beadell; desert
comments powered by Disqus

David Rowley
Getting Water On The Sandy Blight Junction Road
David Rowley
Camping on the Sandy Blight
David Rowley
Along The Gary Junction Road
David Rowley
Jackie Junction
Klaus Mayer
Uluru
Rolf Ris
Uluru - Ayers Rock
Rolf Ris
Uluru - Ayers Rock
Gabor Varga
Uluru in HDR
luke alcorn
Pano test
Rolf Ris
Kings Canyon Sunrise
Gabor Varga
Rimwalk in the King's Canyon
Rolf Ris
Kings Canyon - Watarrka NP
Willy Kaemena
Human Towers
Roy Zipstein
Upper Antelope Canyon
Richard Weston. Weston Digital Imaging
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Robert Mročka
Pohled na Olomouc z věže katedrály sv. Václava
Martin Maag
Baeretswil Huettenacher
jiri spacaj
USA,CALIFORNIA, NATIONAL PARK, DEATH VALLEY 02
O.Petrovich
holiday seeing-off of shepherds
javier pascual
A Cozy Hotel in San Pedro
Roy Zipstein
Grand Canyon from Ooh Aah Point
Jan Koehn
U-434 E-Maschinenraum
Andrey Tolokov
cockpit helicopter Mi-17V5 military airbase Shindand Afghanistan
H.J.Weber
Gut Panker - Pferde auf der Weide
David Rowley
Kirkmadrine Stones
David Rowley
Lyons River Crossing
David Rowley
Portpatrick Island
David Rowley
Mount Ruapehu
David Rowley
Wharariki Beach Sunset
David Rowley
The Road To Geiranger
David Rowley
Oxer's Lookout
David Rowley
Broken Hill Miners Memorial
David Rowley
Full Moon at the Boulder Bank
David Rowley
Outside Douglas Rock Hut
David Rowley
Old Man Of Hoy
David Rowley
Mount Ngauruhoe Summit
More About Australia

There are no kangaroos in Austria. We're talking about Australia, the world's smallest continent. That being cleared up, let's dive right in! Australia is a sovereign state under the Commonwealth of Nations, which is in turn overseen by Queen Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen of Australia and Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth. The continent was first sighted and charted by the Dutch in 1606. Captain James Cook of Britain came along in the next century to claim it for Britain and name it "New South Wales." Shortly thereafter it was declared to be a penal colony full of nothing but criminals and convicts, giving it the crap reputation you may have heard at your last cocktail party. This rumor ignores 40,000 years of pre-European human history, especially the Aboriginal concept of Dreamtime, an interesting explanation of physical and spiritual reality. The two biggest cities in Australia are Sydney and Melbourne. Sydney is more for business, Melbourne for arts. But that's painting in very broad strokes. Take a whirl around the panoramas to see for yourself! Text by Steve Smith.