Len Beadell Looks Back- Too Long in the Bush


Enduring the extremes of isolation Len and his mates truly made their mark on outback Australia. He dubbed this group the “Gunbarrel Road Construction Party” and together they created more than 6000 kilometers of roads across, and in some cases hitherto unexplored, parts of Australia.

This occurred during the “cold war” years of the 1940s, 50s and 60s.

Len was still in the Australian Army Survey Corps following war service in New Guinea and as the project to test intercontinental ballistic missiles was “top secret” he was given the job to locate and survey a site suitable for these tests and it was Len who chose Woomera as that site.

This road network was given access to military and scientific personnel during the rocket testing trials from Woomera and atomic test at Emu and Maralinga.

Running time 80 minutes.


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A Journey with Len Beadell through the Australian Outback as he takes a nostalgic trip
back to the areas and roads he surveyed and developed
from 1947 to 1963.
The Gunbarrel Highway, Sandy Blight Junction Road,
The Connie- Sue Highway and the beautiful Anne Beadell
Highway are all roads which spell adventure to the
outback enthusiast or off-road fan.
Woomera, Mt Leisler, Mt Beadell, Emu Claypan and the
Emu atomic test site are places which Len and his wife
Anne share with us. This documentary features extremely
remote areas of the Australian Outback and is a rare
opportunity to see why Len and Anne escape to the
peace of their bush.

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Weight .090 kg
Dimensions 19 × 13.5 × 1.5 cm


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