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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 37, Number 1. 6th March 1974

The route to North West Cape

The route to North West Cape

The Hume and Sturt Highways are followed for the first three days during which the 894 miles between Sydney and Adelaide are covered. This will take us past the Snowy Mountains, through Wagga Wagga, in the vicinity of which the US Navy wanted to locate Omega, to Hay where the Sydney contingent will rendezvous with the Melbourne contingent, and down the Murray Valley, full of vineyards and wineries. Shortly before Adelaide we will pass Australia's top secret Weapons Research Establishment, and a US Navy Satellite Tracking Station.

More demonstrators will join at Adelaide and from there it will be two days of travel to Ceduna, the start of the Nullabor Desert. Another four days travel gets the mob to Perth, passing a former USAF Woodbourne-type base along the way. There will be two full days at Perth for political activities, etc, then we will push on to Geraldton, then Carnarvon, location of gigantic NASA space tracking antennae, then to North West Cape for an overnight stay. Return trip will be by the same route to Perth, then due east to the Coolgardie/Kalgoorlie goldfields (remember Tim Shadbolt's account of the Kalgoorlie brothels?) and back onto the original route as far as Port Augusta, then straight across central New South Wales, through Broken Hill, to Sydney.