Australian Rally History

by Tom Snooks
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The Tyranny of Distance

To the Wynn’s Safari participants, the ‘Outback’ of Australia was big, very big!

In 1985 the word Outback implied remoteness and sparse population and applied to many parts of Australia – western New South Wales, western Queensland, northern Western Australia, and the Northern Territory – all parts of Australia traversed by the Wynn’s Safari.

Outback also implied great distances between towns and settlements, predominance of unsealed roads, as well as a lack of facilities normally accepted in urban regions.

Communications in the Outback had always been difficult – the wide-open spaces hindered efficient communication.

The building of the Overland Telegraph Line from Darwin to Adelaide through the Red Centre, completed in 1872, was one of the greatest events in Australian history. It was an arduous undertaking at the time using equipment that had no resemblance to today’s tools of trade, in extremely adverse conditions in which there were numerous types of hardships, and mishaps occurring.

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