Category: My first solo outback trip

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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Wildflowers in the Australian desert

I cannot believe how absolutely, stunningly, jaw-droppingly, beautiful the Australian outback, and the desert countryside is. If I could put more superlatives into that sentence I would. The desert is beautiful, and I am in awe. I don’t mean beautiful in the way that ‘deserts have their own beauty’, I just mean beautiful.

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Flinders Ranges photos

It’s been an amazing four days at Arkaroola. I’ve done the Ridgetop tour, and looked at millions of stars in deep space at one of the observatories.  I’ve laid in my swag and looked at millions of stars visible to the naked eye – as long as you’re far enough away from city lights, and …

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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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