Checking access to areas

Submitted: Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 16:42
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Hey all.
I’m looking around a few maps to find a place to camp but I’m not sure if access is via private land or if there is a locked gate or what not.
Aside from going out there how do you guys check access to areas?
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Monday, May 16, 2022 at 12:09

Monday, May 16, 2022 at 12:09
Telephone the closest property owner.
They will typically respond well to polite contact and you are likely to get access where "normal" people will not.
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Follow Up By: Simon N5 - Monday, May 16, 2022 at 12:27

Monday, May 16, 2022 at 12:27
How do you find their phone number?
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Monday, May 16, 2022 at 12:31

Monday, May 16, 2022 at 12:31
Any decent map will show the station name.
The White Pages (on line) will have the phone number.
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Peter
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Reply By: Dean K3 - Monday, May 16, 2022 at 17:59

Monday, May 16, 2022 at 17:59
Mining leases are no go zone they will have signs up saying no entry - prosecution is possible.

Pastoralists as many gazette roads cross their patch generally ok, there are some exceptions if it says no entry respect their rights esp if its a private station access track.

Anna plain station (WA) comes to mind all gates locked and no entry signs everywhere, similar for rocklea near paraburdoo tom price WA

Water catchments around Perth WA are no go zones unless on a dedicated walking track with camping permitted at allocated sites (huit water tank in situ) same applies to the munda biddi mountain bike track with shadows the walking track (Bibulman track)
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Monday, May 16, 2022 at 18:18

Monday, May 16, 2022 at 18:18
In my experience, many/most private roads and tracks on pastoral properties and on Aboriginal land are not signed in any way, or have gates whether locked, or not.
That does NOT mean they are open to whoever wants to use them.
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Peter
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Follow Up By: Member - Core420 - Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at 05:11

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at 05:11
Agree with Peter_n_Margaret. We live in a rural area and basically, if there's a fence you stay out unless you have permission or you intend to pay a visit to the residence. You certainly don't setup camp without permission.
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Reply By: Ozhumvee - Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at 08:28

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at 08:28
Using apps like Wikicamps can often find places that you can camp and if a phone call is required the number to call.
But yes if it is fenced then off limits to travellers as someone either owns it or leases it.
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Reply By: Member - McLaren3030 - Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at 08:35

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at 08:35
This can be an awkward situation. If the road is a gazetted a public road that crosses a pastoral lease, legally, the lease holder cannot block access. Of course, this does not mean that they do not lock gates. There are a number of places that are public roads through properties that we have come across in our travels where a lease holder has shut and locked a gate. When we have spoken to Police about this, they say that whilst it is not legal to lock gates on public roads, there is nothing that they will do about it.

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