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Nov 04 2016

Australia’s best outback road

Part 2 of the best and ‘didn’t quite live up to expectations’ of my last trip. This time tourist experiences and outback roads.    

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Nov 01 2016

What is Australia’s best outback pub?

Whenever you go away, there are things that you just have to do. Experiences you’ve heard about or sites you are really looking forward to seeing. Sometimes they meet your expectations, sometimes they don’t. And sometimes things that you weren’t expecting surprise you. What were those things on this trip? The best and worst (or …

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Oct 26 2016

How much does it cost to travel in outback Australia?

Travelling in outback Australia is expensive, right? What with fuel, food, and accommodation, let alone paying for tourist experiences. Who can afford to take a month off to see the outback? So here it is – how much it really costs to travel outback for four weeks:        

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Oct 08 2016

Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary Ridgetop Tour

The Ridgetop Tour at Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary is not for the faint hearted. The road is ‘exciting’ in places, the tour takes you through some amazing scenery in the Flinders Ranges, and you go to places that you can’t see on your own. Our guide was informative and entertaining. The weather was perfect on the day …

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Oct 08 2016

Lessons I have learned travelling in outback Australia

Well, my first solo outback trip is over. Would I do it again? Definitely. I’m already planning the next trip. I loved every minute of it. Even the … um … actually there weren’t any “even the” moments. It was all fabulous. There were a few times when I wasn’t sure if what I was …

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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 28 2016

Tips for driving in outback Australia

On this trip I’ve driven the Birdsville Track, unnamed dirt roads between main roads, gorges and canyons in the Flinders ranges, the Strzelecki Track, and the Old Strzelecki Track. I’ve gone through sand, gravel, clay, and water. And I still don’t know if I’m doing it right.

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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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Sep 02 2016

The Corner Store: where all the kangaroos hang out

I’m sitting at the Corner Store. Not the one down the street from home, the one at Cameron Corner, where three states meet: New South Wales, Queensland, and South Australia. I’m not sure which state I’m in, or should that be what state I’m in. And I drove the Strzelecki and Old Strzelecki tracks to …

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Aug 23 2016

Women adventurers in the Australian outback

I’m going to go out on a limb here, commit sacrilege, and say I am sick of boys’ own adventure stories in the outback. As you do when you’re in Maree waiting to drive up the Birdsville Track, I began re-reading Tom Kruse’s story of forging the Birdsville Track for the mail run from Maree …

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