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Aug 02 2016

Does it get cold in Australia?

Ice on my swagSomebody could have told me Yunta is the coldest place in Australia!

I woke up this morning and there was ice on the swag. Ice. Real ice. It cracked when I folded the canvas cover back and get out of bed.

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Aug 01 2016

Wilcannia, emus, goats, but no kangaroos

Flat landscape SAGoats.

There are millions of goats roaming outback Australia. And I saw a lot of them today.

As you do when you’re outback, I was keeping an eye out for animals. I really wanted to see kangaroos and emus (without running into them with the car), but what I saw were goats. Everywhere, there were goats. Beside the road, in paddocks, through the trees. Everywhere I looked I saw goats. At one stage there were so many goats in one area together I thought it was a paddock of sheep.

Can some enterprising council please get all the property owners to work together, find some funding, and have a “goat eradication week”?

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Jul 27 2016

Day 1

20160726_080212Day 1 – 735k

Wollongong to Cobar

Along with antibiotics and pain killers for the front tooth I had removed yesterday, and unable to talk properly because of the brand new plate in my mouth.

A good start to the trip!

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Jul 15 2016

How dangerous is it for women to travel alone?

Major Mithcell cockatoo perched on a branchI 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 seen Wolf Creek, but yes, I know the story. I’ve even been to Barrow Creek where the Joanna Lees/Peter Falconio incident happened.

Yes, I heard about those two young women who were viciously raped and almost murdered at a deserted beach in South Australia (the same state I am travelling in).

And yes, I have heard about all the people who have died after their cars broke down in the outback.

As a matter of fact, I have probably heard every story about every bad thing that has happened to absolutely everybody in the outback.

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Jul 04 2016

How much does it cost to set up your car to travel in outback Australia

DSC_4131I’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.

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Apr 11 2016

Test all your equipment to make sure it works properly

Screwing down the top of the drawersIt 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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Apr 01 2016

My first solo outback trip coming up

My suzuki VitaraDrawers 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 27 2016

4WD on Stockton Beach – with gopro

Waves crashing through a rusty shipwreckOK, 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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Feb 24 2016

Attention 4WDers – DO THE RIGHT THING

View of the beach from the car, with the sand dunes and blue sky in the side mirrorDoc 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

Boy-running-sunset-DarwinI’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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