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May 14 2017

Top five places to (re)visit in Australia

One 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 …

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Mar 23 2017

Mistakes people make when travelling around Australia

What 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! …

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Oct 05 2016

Camp cooking doesn’t have to be boring

Who said you can’t cook and eat well while camping? When I started travelling with Doc his food requirements were simple – meat, meat, and more meat. All of which got cooked on a barbecue plate. If he wanted gourmet, then it would get a packet of some sauce or other poured over it. Sometimes …

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Sep 18 2016

The romance of sleeping in a swag

How romantic is it to throw out your swag and lie there looking at a million stars while you fall asleep? To wake up with birds singing, and kangaroos hopping around your campsite. Then get up, rekindle last night’s fire and brew some coffee for breakfast. Aah, freedom. There is another side.

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Aug 14 2016

Where to collect wood for a campfire in the bush

I’ve discovered where all the firewood is in the park. Unfortunately it’s not even close to my campsite. I went for a walk to Spriggina Lookout today after I got back from the Ridgetop Tour. I’m doing the startrails tour tonight, so just wanted a short walk to get some exercise. It’s only 2km up …

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Aug 13 2016

Are you ready to go bush camping?

This is how to ease yourself into bush camping if you’re at all nervous or unsure. Dinner’s cooking on the campfire, and my swag is ready for me to hop in. I’m in beautiful bush surrounds with absolutely nobody else about. The sun is setting behind the Flinders Ranges, there is a mass of birdlife …

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Aug 10 2016

Arkaroola – yellow footed rock wallabies and ice on the swag

It is so easy to get lazy. Here I am at Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary, after a drive through stunning scenery, with the sunset blazing mauve on the ranges, and kangaroos and wallabies everywhere beside the road, and I couldn’t be bothered cooking dinner. Wine and kettle chips it is tonight. People in campsites nearby have …

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Aug 02 2016

Does it get cold in Australia?

Somebody could have told me Yunta is the coldest place in Australia! I woke up this morning and there was ice on the swag. Ice. Real ice. It cracked when I folded the canvas cover back and get out of bed.

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Aug 01 2016

Wilcannia, emus, goats, but no kangaroos

Goats. There are millions of goats roaming outback Australia. And I saw a lot of them today. As you do when you’re outback, I was keeping an eye out for animals. I really wanted to see kangaroos and emus (without running into them with the car), but what I saw were goats. Everywhere, there were …

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Jul 15 2016

How dangerous is it for women to travel alone?

I am about to have an enormous adventure, driving around outback South Australia on my own. I am so excited. But you know the two biggest questions I get– “aren’t you scared?” and “isn’t that dangerous?” Seriously. So much to see, do, and experience, and you think I should concentrate on fear? No, I haven’t …

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