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Aug 15 2016

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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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 12 2016

Walking through the Flinders Ranges

Buns of steel. That thought is keeping me going up the ridges and rocks on my walks in the Flinders. That and all the people over 60 (and even over 70) who keep passing me. Stopping to take photos, and to soak in the atmosphere, is my excuse for being slow. And it’s true. To …

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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 09 2016

All’s well that ends well – a change of plans

My car is fixed and I’m back in the Flinders. Well, the car’s not really fixed. The fan belt is still slipping, and the engine’s still missing. But I’ve worked out how to minimise the missing thing, and I can tighten the fan belt every day, so I’m going to live with it. Don’t anybody …

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Aug 03 2016

Dealing with car trouble in the outback

I’m in Gawler for a couple of days. I thought it would be churlish not to call in to see my parents when I was just up the road, even if that road is 437k long. Also, I had car trouble. Yes, despite the care, attention, and time Doc lavished on my car over months …

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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 27 2016

Day 1

Day 1 – 735k Wollongong to Cobar Along with antibiotics and pain killers for the front tooth I had removed yesterday, and unable to talk properly because of the brand new plate in my mouth. A good start to the trip!

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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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