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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Jan 12 2016

Photos – our trip along the Murray River

Our dinner table set up by the Murray River with the sunsetting in the backgroundWe saw and experienced so much travelling along the Murray River that it’s impossible to write about it all.

So here are the photos.


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Jan 12 2016

Murray River memories

A quiet place on the Murray River, a small island viewed under the frame of an arching gum treeThere were a few things about the Murray River that I wasn’t expecting. And some that I should have.

And some that were everything I could have wanted.







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Jan 08 2016

All the Rivers Run – our trip up the Murray River

On board the Swan Reach ferry looking at the cliffsFor anybody who’s read All the Rivers Run, or seen the mini-series, a trip along the Murray is a must.

Having decided that’s how we were travelling back from Adelaide to Sydney, we set off to start the trip at Swan Reach in South Australia, and drive up river until we turned off, up along the Great Dividing Range to the farm.

We spent the morning in Gawler buying last minute supplies, then had lunch with my parents before we set off. We drove for a little over two hours (counting the time we spent looking at rusty old cars), and decided that was far enough on the first day. The sight of the river, with soaring cliffs on one side was enough to make me go “wow”. So we decided to set up camp there.

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Jan 07 2016

Grey Fergies to the rescue at the Murray-Darling junction

Grey FergieDid you know the Grey Fergie saved Wentworth?

No. Neither did I.

I’m not sure if that’s bad marketing by the town of Wentworth, or if it’s something wrong with me. But Doc knew. Or perhaps that’s just him – after all, we do have a grey Fergie in our backyard!

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Jan 05 2016

A land of sweeping plains

Our swag at sunset beside the Murray RiverAfter spending a lovely week with my family over Christmas, it was time to move one.

We had to get back home, but via what route was the question. With just over a week to get home, we could take our time, and take in some of the countryside.

We had the swag, with its brand new 1,000 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets, so I was looking forward to camping under the stars.

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