The vagaries of distance in the remote areas of Australia applied equally to communication between WA and the eastern half of the continent, where almost all of our meagre population lived.
This led to the construction of the Intercontinental Telegraph Line between Adelaide and Perth via the goldfields of Norseman, Kalgoorlie and Coolgardie a distance of 2,500 Km this line opened in 1877.
This photo shows the remains of the repeater station at the WA - SA border at Eucla, it is slowly being engulfed by the moving sand dunes and will in all probability disappear forever someday.
1877 was a big year for telephony in Australia as this was the year that a telegraph line was opened between Cooktown and the tip of Cape York Peninsular as well, this line remained in service for 100 years until closed in 1977.
A trip to Cape York still offers a true adventure to those who undertake it, (probably rates another post sometime) you can choose how exciting you want it to be as there are by-passes to the roughest parts, the problem is that these are also the most spectacular... so if you chicken out you also miss out!!!
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The road/track varies between a wide graded (but always corrugated) surface to a deep rutted two wheel track
On the left are Elliot Falls a truly lovely spot and on the right the Cockatoo Creek crossing, one of many creeks to cross.