Twelve months after my first solo trip across the Simpson Desert I’ve completed my second. I’m still sorting out my notes, so stories will appear soon. It’s also twelve months since I put in my audition …
I never used to go camping. Too cold, too many insects, too uncomfortable. Then Doc dragged me kicking and screaming into the outback in a swag, and I was hooked. All my objections were overcome. …
The colours of Kanku/The Breakaways and the Painted Desert are truly breathtaking. Check out the photo gallery
Well, it’s happened again. I’ve had car trouble. Driving from Coober Pedy to Arkaringa and the Painted Desert, one of the clips holding my back window in place broke. Of course it was the strongest …
The Australian outback truly is remarkable. And ever changing as you drive through it. I left Coober Pedy heading north for the Painted Desert. First stop, Kanku/Breakaways again. Last night I drove in from the …
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 to death. They wouldn’t be exciting if they didn’t.
Danny, the Champion of the World
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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 next year?
I’m not a big one for making New Year’s Resolutions. I believe if you want to change something, or do something different, do it when you think of it. Why wait until a completely arbitrary deadline like the new year?
Also, like most people, I never keep them. I have made the “I’m going to be a better me” resolutions. Lose weight, be nicer, read more books, etc in the past. Blah. Never happens. I’m still the old version of me, and over the years I’ve grown to like it.
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It must be one of the most effective marketing campaigns ever. “So you bought a Jeep”.
I didn’t buy one, but I did hire one. To be completely accurate, I hired a small 4WD to get us around Kakadu and that’s what I got. A Jeep Wrangler. Even the hire companies have succumbed!
My Vitara has been giving me a bit of grief lately, so this was a good opportunity to test drive the Jeep and see if I wanted to trade the Suzuki.
So how did the Jeep go? Continue reading
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You don’t need a 4WD to visit most of the sights in Kakadu, but when you have a 4WD vehicle, you obviously have to use it.
Not just for the 4WDing, but because you’ll see something that most people don’t get to.
The major roads through the park are tar, so a 2WD vehicle will get you to most places, but there are others …
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“Don’t go to Kakadu go to Litchfield, it’s much nicer.”
The number of times I have heard a variation of that sentiment is astounding. As if a) you can’t go to both places, and b) they’re even comparable.
Both places are beautiful, but they are completely different. Litchfield has waterfalls and swimming holes. Kakadu has Indigenous history and culture, and wildlife.
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When you travel in northern Australia, the first and most important thing to remember is DO NOT SWIM.
This is croc country. Crocs are found in water everywhere – rivers, creeks, billabongs, even the ocean. Contrary to commonly held belief, it is not humans at the top of the food chain – it is crocs. Venture into their territory at your own risk. I repeat – DO NOT SWIM.
So guess what I did today.
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