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 …
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 country that you can travel for years and not see it all. Or you can go back to familiar places via a new route. Some places just keep drawing you back.
Here are my top five places to visit again, all of which, except Uluru, are not on the main tourist lists: Continue reading
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“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 as you drive along the beach. Tantalisingly, because that’s what I wanted to practice – dunes – and that’s where you aren’t allowed to go.
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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 with Doc in the passenger seat telling me what to do, I am fine!
What could possibly go wrong?
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What are the biggest mistakes made when travelling around Australia?
I’ve just been reading somebody else’s story about the problems they had when travelling around Australia for a year. The tears were rolling down my cheeks while I was reading. Not at their misfortunes, but because they chose to use Optus as their telecommunications provider! In the outback!!!
I really shouldn’t laugh at anybody else’s mistakes. God knows I’ve made enough of my own, stupid ones at that (yes that’s my tent). Looking around, other people have made some pretty laughable mistakes as well. Continue reading
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Every trip should have a luxury component. For this one, it was a weekend away to Nitmiluk with my sister.
For Christmas this year, Doc gave me a night at Cicada Lodge, and a helicopter ride over all 13 gorges ending with a visit to a remote art site and a swim in a private swimming hole. For somebody who insisted he was hopeless at buying presents and needed a list when I met him, he’s certainly come a long way!!
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The big thing about the wet season in the Top End is … drum roll please … all that water.
Rivers, creeks, and water holes are full. Millions of litres of water pours over waterfalls.
But it doesn’t rain all the time. The general pattern is clear mornings, with afternoon/evening rain. That’s not guaranteed of course, sometimes it does rain in the morning, sometimes you get showers throughout the day. And sometimes you get amazing thunderstorms.
But even when you get showers throughout the day they don’t last long. And it’s warm, so you don’t mind getting wet. Locals don’t even bother getting out of the rain. It won’t last long, and you dry quickly. The water also cools things down so is quite welcome.
And it means that some of the best things to see are only there in the wet. All of these things are a day trip from Darwin
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