Everybody knows the Sydney Opera House & Harbour Bridge, Bondi Beach, Uluru, and the Great Barrier Reef. But there are many other places that are just as magnificent that you’ve probably never heard of or, …
The Australian outback is not all flat, endless plains. The countryside is constantly changing – rainforest, floodplains (and drought plains), ‘jump up’ country, rivers, deserts, sand dunes, and red dust are some of the things …
You’re thinking about visiting Australia, and want to make the most of your time here. You’ve checked the web for the best places to visit, and come up with your list of places to see. …
I will not pretend I wasn’t petrified. I was. But mixed in with the awful fear was a glorious feeling of excitement. Most of the really exciting things we do in our lives scare us …
It’s almost the end of the year, so I guess it’s time to reflect on the year past, and look forward to the new year. What did I do and what would I do differently …
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 needs to work, and it needs to be comfortable.
I will be doing around 7,000k this trip, and camping most of the way. The car is very small (Suzuki Vitara), meaning everything in the interior has to be well designed to fit in. Continue reading
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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 to do by now.
Doc bought drawers for the Cruiser before we went to the Cape a few years ago, and they were brilliant. They made life so much easier when travelling.
I loved them so much that when I went away in the Triton he custom made drawers for the back, and a shelf to go in place of the back seat for the fridge and other equipment.
Now I have the Vitara, so I need drawers for that as well.
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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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OK, so yesterday I wrote about all the rubbish on Stockton Beach. But it’s not all rubbish and bad news.
There’s also long stretches of white sand, dunes, sea birds, the deepest blue ocean, a shipwreck, and, bizarrely, houses in the middle of the dunes. The Stockton Beach sand dunes have been used for a few movie sets, so perhaps they’re left over from one or another?
And – it was an opportunity to try out my new gopro.
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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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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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