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May 14 2017

Top five places to (re)visit in Australia

Find-yourself-in-an-ancient-landOne of the best things about going on holidays is thinking about where to go. And while doing that, looking back on where you have been.

Should I go somewhere completely new? Or go back to somewhere I really enjoyed before?

Parachilna or Woomera? Uluru via Oodnadatta, or the Simpson?

Australia is such a vast country that you can travel for years and not see it all. Or you can go back to familiar places via a new route. Some places just keep drawing you back.

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May 07 2017

Beach driving – more preparation for the Simpson Desert

tracks“Driving on the beach is different to driving in the desert” said Doc “See if you can stay in the other tracks.”

Great advice, if I could identify which set of tracks he meant.

We were on the beach at Stockton. Around 17km of driving over mainly soft sand, with dunes stretched tantalisingly alongside you as you drive along the beach. Tantalisingly, because that’s what I wanted to practice – dunes – and that’s where you aren’t allowed to go.

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Apr 16 2017

Big Red here I come. Driving through the Simpson Desert

Sand driving .. well, parking overlooking the oceanI had my first lesson driving on sand today, so now I’m ready to tackle the Simpson Desert!

The Simpson was my original choice for this year’s trip, but I decided against it because I didn’t feel confident that I had enough experience diving on sand.

But now, after an hour driving around in sand with Doc in the passenger seat telling me what to do, I am fine!

What could possibly go wrong?

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Mar 23 2017

Mistakes people make when travelling around Australia

Two city girls in the bushWhat are the biggest mistakes made when travelling around Australia?

I’ve just been reading somebody else’s story about the problems they had when travelling around Australia for a year. The tears were rolling down my cheeks while I was reading. Not at their misfortunes, but because they chose to use Optus as their telecommunications provider! In the outback!!!

I really shouldn’t laugh at anybody else’s mistakes. God knows I’ve made enough of my own, stupid ones at that (yes that’s my tent). Looking around, other people have made some pretty laughable mistakes as well. Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 12 2017

Helicopter flight over Nitmiluk

Nitmiluk sitting by our chopperEvery trip should have a luxury component. For this one, it was a weekend away to Nitmiluk with my sister.

For Christmas this year, Doc gave me a night at Cicada Lodge, and a helicopter ride over all 13 gorges ending with a visit to a remote art site and a swim in a private swimming hole. For somebody who insisted he was hopeless at buying presents and needed a list when I met him, he’s certainly come a long way!!

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Jan 29 2017

Top 5 things to do near Darwin in wet season

Litchfield TollmerThe big thing about the wet season in the Top End is … drum roll please … all that water.

Rivers, creeks, and water holes are full. Millions of litres of water pours over waterfalls.

But it doesn’t rain all the time. The general pattern is clear mornings, with afternoon/evening rain. That’s not guaranteed of course, sometimes it does rain in the morning, sometimes you get showers throughout the day. And sometimes you get amazing thunderstorms.

But even when you get showers throughout the day they don’t last long. And it’s warm, so you don’t mind getting wet. Locals don’t even bother getting out of the rain. It won’t last long, and you dry quickly. The water also cools things down so is quite welcome.

And it means that some of the best things to see are only there in the wet. All of these things are a day trip from Darwin

 

 

 

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Jan 27 2017

Top 8 things to do in Darwin in the wet season

Darwin waterfrontMy month long sojourn in Darwin is coming to an end – unless somebody wants to employ me that is! Anybody? I’m open to offers.

While there are some places you can’t go (flooded roads/creeks, closed 4WD tracks), and some attractions with shorter opening hours, I still found many things to do in Darwin

 

 

 

 

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Jan 16 2017

Water, water everywhere – wet season in Darwin

Storm coming Knuckey LagoonWater, water everywhere.

When it rains in Darwin in the wet season, it really rains. It buckets down. Within a few minutes the ground can be flooded. Water runs through the drains, creeks come up very quickly.

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Jan 09 2017

The real Waltzing Matilda

Combo WaterholdUpdate:

My apologies, it seems I had the wrong information. Christina McPherson wasn’t Banjo Patterson’s fiance.

The story is much more interesting than that.

Christina’s friend, Sarah Riley, was engaged to Banjo Patterson, and had been for eight years. Right up until he met Christina and collaborated with her on Waltzing Matilda. The engagement was broken off soon after.

You can read more about Christina McPherson and her contribution to Waltzing Matilda here. The rest of the story stands.

For a place that’s seared into the Australian psyche, Combo Waterhole is very little known – and very badly signposted.

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Dec 11 2016

5 top myths about Darwin in the wet season

sunset-darwinI’m off to Darwin in January. Yes, in the middle of summer and in the middle of wet season.

If you haven’t been to the Top End in wet season you don’t know what you’re missing.

I know a lot of people are put off by the thought of all the rain, and the possibility of cyclones. That suits me – it means it’s much quieter while I’m there, but wet season really is worth seeing.

 

 

 

 

 

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