Category: Travel tips

What is it really like to drive across the Simpson Desert (part 1)

Day 1. 89k into the Simpson Desert I don’t like to admit it at the beginning of a trip, but I was a bit worried. I decided to come into Dalhousie from Oodnadatta rather than go through to Mount Dare. That meant an additional 130k worth of fuel usage before I started in the desert. …

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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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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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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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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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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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