I'm waiting on the answer as well, as someone asked me the same question on the weekend
Land is primarily under aboriginal ownership. We were negotiating access for SL event 2-3 years ago but we had a long and protracted process which collapsed in the end. Some map updating had been done but has subsequently lapsed with little or no certainly of getting access it was not viable use of resources. There may have been some roadworks, and a lot of changes. I THINK (will find out) general access is OK, but no vehicles and not masses of people/organised visit.
Any map we have is waaay out of date and it is quite a dynamic area. A bushfire could reveal a lot.
Do you want me to proceed further?
The bushfire a couple of days before the 1989 event revealed a few smouldering controls...was thinking of going for a reconnaissance run in sand dune terrain next week but that might not be practical.
I went out there in 2005 and the bracken at that stage was so high that it was almost unrunnable, but there has been (at least) one more fire since then.
1989 event was memorable for another reason!
I'm a bit disappointed to realise that I have already run on all of the bush maps being used for next week :(
Tinytoes I'm curious what made that event memorable?
I've not run on any of the Newcastle maps but I've ridden on two of the three MTBO ones - one of which we're also running on. I've been assured that both of them have more tracks on them than last year though (and the copy they put on Eventor backs that up for the Barnsley one).
Z - I'm guessing that TT now has a 27-year old :)
No - sorry to disappoint you - Z and jennycass. Newcastle earthquake was experienced while driving home from the Bob's Farm day of the Christmas 5 day in 1989. rockman ended driving a few visitors who were staying in Newcastle CBD and experience was quite eerie in town.
Ah - the OTHER 1989 event on Bob's Farm.
You wouldn't forget that.