Beadell and the GRCP returned to Gary Junction, and on 4 July
started work on a road from there 45 km north-west to intercept the
Canning Stock Route at Well 35 (Minjoo). After crossing the stock
route, they continued through the Great Sandy Desert battling sand
dunes and the Percival (salt) Lakes to join an existing track at
Callawa Station. The connection was made 21 July, and although Beadell
preferred the name Gary Junction Road, the track became known as the
Callawa track to the west of Well 35. The total distance constructed
from Mount Liebig to Callawa was 1350 kilometres.
A new road between Gary Junction and Well 33 was built by Mike
Jenkins and is shown on maps as the Jenkins Track. It is 70 km
from Gary Junction to Kunawaritji or Well 33 via the track. A road,
part of which is called the Telfer Road, now connects Kunawaritji to
Port Hedland on the west coast, via Lake Auld and Marble Bar, thus
completing a direct link from the west to Alice Springs.
The position at which the grader's transmission failed was to become
known as Jupiter Well. The well was dug by a survey crew from the
National Mapping Council in August 1961, and was named after the planet
Jupiter when a member of the survey party noticed a reflection of the
planet in the still waters of the well at night.
The Callawa Track had a short functional life, as it was replaced
soon after by the Wapet Road (or Kidson Track), and has now become
overgrown. Recent maps no longer depict the track. In August 2004,
Connie Sue Beadell and mother Anne led a party of eight vehicles along
the original Callawa track. Apart from the extensive preparation
required beforehand, a fuel drop was necessary at the halfway point.
Connie said "The tyres were another issue entirely. The party had a
total of 70+ punctures for the whole trip, bearing in mind that 5 of
the 8 vehicles that started did not finish the entire distance." The
Wapet Road joins the Great Northern Highway near Eighty Mile Beach.
The Callawa Track is not a trip to be attempted without extensive
preparation, most importantly fuel, water, tyres and navigation. A fuel
drop midway is a necessity pre-trip as the fuel economy for this level
of Off-Track travel can range between 30 to 50 litres per 100 kms. For
that distance you will not be able to carry enough fuel and water to
see you through. The road is not marked on current maps and is not a
track to be followed in any sense. We suggest you contact Beadell Tours before contemplating travelling on the Callawa Track.