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Nov 12 2013

Dealing with car trouble in the outback

“What will you do if something goes wrong?” Everytime I told somebody I was travelling to the outback with a girlfriend, that was the first thing they said. What they really meant was “But you’re female – you can’t fix a car or kill a snake.” They’re right about the first, but I don’t know …

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Oct 07 2013

The romance of camping – yes, really

Do you get that reaction from people when you say you’re going camping? You know the one – their nose turns up, the corners of their mouth turn down and they get a slight shiver all over their bodies – as if something particularly bad smelling has just wafted past them. Or is that just …

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Sep 18 2013

Easy camp cooking

I’ve always said “if you can cook it at home you can cook it camping”. That’s true, but the question is “would you?” Camping is supposed to fun and relaxing, so you don’t want to spend all your time slaving over a hot fire. If it needs three different saucepans and an hour of preparation …

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Aug 22 2013

What to pack when camping

A question I often get asked – perhaps most often – is what do I pack for camping and travelling. Well, that depends on where I’m going and for how long, but the short answer is as little as possible. In essence – pack light, and layer. My last trip was for 8 weeks, and …

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Jul 18 2013

Real camping tips for easy, fun camping

I’ve been looking at some camping websites and have been reading some of their tips for camping essentials. WTF are these people on????

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Jul 12 2013

Product review – what worked and what didn’t

Now that the trip is over, and the cleaning up is done, it’s time to review what worked and what didn’t, and what I learned this time.

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Jul 11 2013

Tips for camp ground and caravan park operators

I’ve written a couple of articles providing tips for people who want to go camping, but there’s also the other side to consider. How do the camping areas/caravan parks themselves stack up? Caravan parks now have considerable competition from free camping areas, and more and more people are prepared to “go bush”, and set up …

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Jul 02 2013

We’re off to the rodeo, I think

The first thing I noticed about a country rodeo was that everybody tucks their shirts into their jeans, and wears belts. Even teenage boys have their jeans up on their hips rather than around their knees. You can’t see anybody’s underpants. And everybody does wear jeans, with proper shirts, belts and boots. I looked decidedly …

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Jun 25 2013

Alice Springs to Mount Isa

Mt Isa. What can I say? Broken Hill it aint. After 15 hours in the mining town in western Queensland I was ready to leave again, and not just because the Wallabies lost to the British & Irish Lions and I was watching at the Irish Club.

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Jun 22 2013

Camping spots I have known 2

It’s not all bush camping when you’re out on the road. Caravan parks have services and facilities including showers & toilets, fresh water, camp kitchens, even bars and restaurants. If you’re in a non-service area (there’s an awful lot of them when you’re “out bush”) they’ll even have a public telephone you can use and …

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