Category Archive: Travel tips

Oct 11 2017

Product review – fridge, drawers, and more

Now that I’m home, it’s time to review how everything handled while I was away. Remember – this is my experience of the products I used, and yours might be different. I am not sponsored by any of these companies, and none of them have paid me anything, although Doc works for free (for me …

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Jul 04 2017

Adelaide – the world’s best wine regions (and not a bad place to be stranded)

So much for my triumphant setting off to go to the desert. I got as far as Adelaide where I finally conceded. The car is at the mechanic’s getting a new head gasket. Despite (or perhaps because of) driving 1700k in 2 days OK, the problem is getting worse. Water is being pushed out of …

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Jun 28 2017

Getting your car ready for a big trip

I’m starting to think my little Suzuki doesn’t actually like adventures. I was supposed to leave last week for outback South Australia and the Simpson Desert. That is, until something went wrong with my cooling system – the day before I was due to leave. Doc is a mechanic, so he not only gives the …

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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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