Vokes Hill Corner to Cook Road

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Vokes Hill Corner to Cook Road

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Map of the Vokes Hill Corner to Cook Road (purple)
General information
Type Track
Length 268 km (167 mi)
Built by Len Beadell
Major junctions
ne end Vokes Hill Corner
sw end Cook, South Australia

The Vokes Hill Corner to Cook Road is a remote unsealed outback track that links Vokes Hill Corner on the Anne Beadell Highway to Cook on the Trans-Australian Railway in the far west of South Australia.[1] It was built by Len Beadell for the Weapons Research Establishment of Salisbury, South Australia in late 1961.[2]


The Vokes Hill Corner to Cook road was built as part of a series of roads that were constructed to support the Woomera Rocket Range project during the 1950s and 1960s.[2] The road provided access to the Trans-Australian Railway line for ease of re-supply, while construction of the Anne Beadell Highway was still taking place. It also completed a loop together with the Maralinga to Emu Road so that Native Patrol Officers could monitor the movements of Aboriginal people through the desert.[2] Reconnaissance for the road was made difficult as the direction of sand ridges was across the path of Beadell's vehicle, and the northern half of the track was through thick mulga scrub. It was not until Beadell reached the Nullarbor Plain that the ground became firmer and more open. Construction from Vokes Hill Corner began on 23 September 1961 and reached Cook on 20 November 1961. En route the road passed three native wells that Beadell had re-located, namely Waldana, Churina and Bringyna.[3] Vokes Hill was named during an expedition by explorer Richard Maurice in July 1901.[2] His general hand and cook on the journey was William Paul Voake.[4]

Sign at Anne's Corner showing distance (miles) to Vokes Hill Corner

See also


  1. ^ Hema, Maps (2005). Australia’s Great Desert Tracks SC Sheet (Map). Eight Mile Plains Queensland: Hema Maps. ISBN 978-1-86500-164-7.
  2. ^ a b c d Shephard, Mark (1998). A Lifetime in the Bush:The biography of Len Beadell. Adelaide: Corkwood Press. ISBN 1876247053.
  3. ^ Bayly, Ian (2009). Len Beadell's Legacy. Seaford Vic 3198: Bas Publishing. p. 85. ISBN 9781921496028.
  4. ^ "DEATH OF MR. R. T. MAURICE". The Register (Adelaide). LXXIV (19485). South Australia. 26 April 1909. p. 5. Retrieved 6 April 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
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