Camping finally … sort of

Our camping hutFinally, we’re camping. Sort of.

We’re in the sleeping bags on our bedrolls, but we’re sleeping in a hut. And we’ve got a campfire, so I guess that makes it officially camping.

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Travelling with the Taj Mahal of toilets

We can go anywhere in the bush in comfortI’ve told you about the Lovedale Long Lunch, now let me go back to the beginning …

In the beginning there was … a toilet.

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Birthplace of a nation

Maple treeTravelling through the New England Tablelands we’re just that little bit too late for all the brilliant colours of autumn. Most trees have lost their leaves already, except for the magnificent maples that are still bright red through to golden yellow.

While I’m not a cold weather person, I do love the colours of autumn, so while we’re driving along I keep saying “Look at that tree … and that one …” because, yes, they are few and far between enough for me to point them out individually.

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Lovedale Long Lunch

Guarded (in)accessible toilets“You can’t go in there – they’re the disabled toilets.”

Apart from the poor grammar, there are lots of arguments about whether “disabled” toilets are for disabled people only, or whether they’re toilets that anybody – including those in a wheelchair – can access.

But there was no discussion at the Lovedale Long Lunch, and they had a security guard working the door to prove it.

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An outback travel story with a difference

Eulo-mud-bath Outback Australia travel stories are dominated by blokes in big 4WDs, yet many travellers these days are women. And they’re not all travelling quietly along beside their men, nor do they travel with men at all.

A travel story with a difference, Two Sheilas in a Ute are two “women of a certain age” travelling the outback, camping under the stars, visiting many of Australia’s iconic places, and having fun as only girls can. From visiting outback festivals, to digging out unique ‘pampering’ experiences such as a sunset mudbath in Eulo, Two Sheilas in a Ute aim to show that outback travel does not have to be difficult and blokey, and you can do it in a 2WD vehicle (with a few modifications) without a man in tow.

But it’s not all glamour. There are still long distances to travel, sometimes in very remote areas where the possibility of something going wrong with the vehicle is high. And, of course, camping out and cooking over a campfire – gourmet meals of course!

Is preparation, common sense and an adventurous spirit enough to get us through?

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Only a couple of days to go …. so why am I crying?

CarpetingI know it’s nearly time to leave because things are starting to go wrong.

Perhaps it’s because Doc’s such a perfectionist, nothing can be left to chance. The more he does, the more he finds to do.

He keeps asking me how I want to pack things into the car (how should I know, I haven’t done it yet!), and how I want to tie things down (umm?), exactly what I’m taking (not yet sorted). As I haven’t sorted it yet, he’s been stressing for me.

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