Category: My first solo outback trip

Lessons I have learned travelling in outback Australia

Arkaroola my campsite is there

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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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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Tips for driving in outback Australia

Driving on wide open spaces

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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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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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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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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