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Sep 28 2016

Tips for driving in outback Australia

On this trip I’ve driven the Birdsville Track, unnamed dirt roads between main roads, gorges and canyons in the Flinders ranges, the Strzelecki Track, and the Old Strzelecki Track. I’ve gone through sand, gravel, clay, and water. And I still don’t know if I’m doing it right.

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Sep 18 2016

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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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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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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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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Apr 11 2016

Test all your equipment to make sure it works properly

It is very important that you make sure EVERYTHING works before you start to rely on it. And not just that it works, but that it does what you want it to do. We’ve been looking at drawer systems for the back of my Vitara. We’ve done this so often, you’d think we’d know what …

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Apr 01 2016

My first solo outback trip coming up

Drawers for the back of my Suzuki should be delivered next week, I’ve ordered the snorkel, and – most important – the fridge has been serviced. It’s finally happening – my solo outback trip.

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Feb 24 2016

Attention 4WDers – DO THE RIGHT THING

Doc and I went to Port Stephens on the weekend. This was part of my Christmas present from him – a long weekend away with sun, ocean, restaurants and bars, sun, beach, relaxing and more ocean. And 4WDing along the beach of course. Hmm, maybe it wasn’t just my Christmas present?

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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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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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