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Jul 04 2016

How much does it cost to set up your car to travel in outback Australia

I’ve set a date, and we’re on the countdown. Now we just have to make sure the car is ready to go. To travel around the outback it is absolutely essential that your car is properly set up for the conditions.  This doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money, but it everything …

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Jan 19 2016

Tips for lone women travellers

I’m a loner (and no, that’s not a typo). Whether it’s because I’m selfish, anti-social or what, I enjoy doing things on my own. And this includes travel. When I was in my early 20s I went backpacking around south-east Asia by myself. Being female, young and blonde, of course I got lots of advice:

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Jan 12 2016

Murray River memories

There were a few things about the Murray River that I wasn’t expecting. And some that I should have. And some that were everything I could have wanted.            

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Aug 23 2015

I’m thinking of buying a small 4WD

I’m buying a new car (well, a new second hand one). After 5 years with my beloved Saab convertible I think it’s time for a change. I think. I really do love that car! But it’s not very practical when I have a lot of gear to cart around, and when I’m driving through fields …

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Mar 15 2015

Explore the elements – earth, air, fire, water

Is there a better place than Australia to explore the elements? The extremes in Australia are celebrated in poetry and song, and have been embedded in our psyche for thousands of years. The elements here – earth, air, fire, water – are the basis of life and culture. Aboriginal society knew the importance of the …

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Mar 03 2015

A few of my favourite things

As somebody who travels a lot in Australia, I often get asked “where’s the best place to for …”, so here are a few of my favourite things. One of my favourite places to see all of these things is the farm in rural NSW that we go to to get away from the world. …

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Jan 28 2015

Where to see kangaroos in Australia

Kangaroos, koalas, wombats, echidnas, platypus(es??? – platypodes?), emus, wallabies, and more kangaroos. Everyone loves Australian animals. What’s not to love – they’re cute, cuddly, and they sleep in the shade all day – or swim in the case of platypus. And as long as they’re not spiders, snakes or crocodiles, or octopuses or some fish, …

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Jan 19 2015

Can you travel Australia without a 4WD?

I was driving down the motorway from Sydney to Wollongong the other day, playing tag with a Nissan Patrol. (that’s not it in the photo, that’s our Cruiser). Now that’s a fairly large 4WD vehicle, and it had all the travelling accoutrements. Camping gear on top, jerry cans for water/fuel, offroad tyres, etc. And it …

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Jan 17 2015

Australia’s best camping spots – Part 3

Part 3, and the final instalment, in my favourite camping places. And none of these are in Queensland. I know a lot of people think of “Outback Australia” as the Northern Territory, but it extends across all states (except Tasmania). While I’m still trying to get to South Australian and Western Australia, I can promise …

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Jan 02 2015

Kangaroos. With photos

It’s my first blog of 2015 so I feel this should be something ‘important’. So what better than kangaroos?

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