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May 14 2017

Top five places to (re)visit in Australia

One of the best things about going on holidays is thinking about where to go. And while doing that, looking back on where you have been. Should I go somewhere completely new? Or go back to somewhere I really enjoyed before? Parachilna or Woomera? Uluru via Oodnadatta, or the Simpson? Australia is such a vast …

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May 07 2017

Beach driving – more preparation for the Simpson Desert

“Driving on the beach is different to driving in the desert” said Doc “See if you can stay in the other tracks.” Great advice, if I could identify which set of tracks he meant. We were on the beach at Stockton. Around 17km of driving over mainly soft sand, with dunes stretched tantalisingly alongside you …

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Apr 16 2017

Big Red here I come. Driving through the Simpson Desert

I had my first lesson driving on sand today, so now I’m ready to tackle the Simpson Desert! The Simpson was my original choice for this year’s trip, but I decided against it because I didn’t feel confident that I had enough experience diving on sand. But now, after an hour driving around in sand …

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Mar 23 2017

Mistakes people make when travelling around Australia

What are the biggest mistakes made when travelling around Australia? I’ve just been reading somebody else’s story about the problems they had when travelling around Australia for a year. The tears were rolling down my cheeks while I was reading. Not at their misfortunes, but because they chose to use Optus as their telecommunications provider! …

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Jan 29 2017

Top 5 things to do near Darwin in wet season

The big thing about the wet season in the Top End is … drum roll please … all that water. Rivers, creeks, and water holes are full. Millions of litres of water pours over waterfalls. But it doesn’t rain all the time. The general pattern is clear mornings, with afternoon/evening rain. That’s not guaranteed of …

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Jan 27 2017

Top 8 things to do in Darwin in the wet season

My month long sojourn in Darwin is coming to an end – unless somebody wants to employ me that is! Anybody? I’m open to offers. While there are some places you can’t go (flooded roads/creeks, closed 4WD tracks), and some attractions with shorter opening hours, I still found many things to do in Darwin   …

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Dec 11 2016

5 top myths about Darwin in the wet season

I’m off to Darwin in January. Yes, in the middle of summer and in the middle of wet season. If you haven’t been to the Top End in wet season you don’t know what you’re missing. I know a lot of people are put off by the thought of all the rain, and the possibility …

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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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