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 …
Coober Pedy. It’s not as I imagined it would be. Yes, there are a lot of opal mines, surrounded by even more mounds of dirt, looking a bit like crab holes in wet sand. You …
Halligans Bay is the only place you can camp at Kati Thanda (Lake Eyre), and I have it all to myself. Well, not quite to myself. There is a bird who appears to be trying …
Did I say short trip to the Jardine?
I was right – it’s short in distance, but when you get bogged in the soft sand it makes it a long time.
Stuck on the way to Jardine River
Who was it that said don’t get arrogant about times when travelling off road????
But we made it up there, finally, and all the way to the old crossing. Or we think it was the old crossing.
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On the road early(ish). Trying to take Scottie’s advice we were all packed up and out by 8.45.
We’d been told it was a 2 hour drive to Nolan’s Crossing (the last one on the Old Tele Track), so we were prepared.
A couple of creek crossings and we’d be there. Well, five creeks and 3 fords to be exact. But who’s counting?
So off we go, bright and early. We’d taken Scotties advice and got ready nice and early – 8.45am. Vey early for us, but some – including a family with four kids – were out before us.
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An easy day today. Just a short drive to Fruit Bat Falls for a pleasant swim and maybe a spot of lunch, then on to Twin Falls to set up camp.
And a stunning start to it too. Coffee in bed, looking out over our ‘verandah’ watching the sun come up through the gum trees.
Gunshot camp sunrise from the balcony
Just as well we were so relaxed, because Cockatoo Creek was just up the road – with its crocodile warning and the need to walk the creek to ascertain its depth and hazards.
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Well, here we are. The big adventure bit of the trip to Cape York.
Driving up the Old Telegraph Track.
Old Telegraph Track the beginning
This is what Doc has been looking forward to. He’s in his element with this type of adventuring. Rough roads, creek crossings, sand. You name it, it’s up here somewhere. And it has a reputation.
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There’s something special about early mornings.
Sunrise Chilli Beach
I’ve already been for a walk along the beach and watched the sunrise. Magical.
Despite this being a very popular tourist and camp site there were only a couple of other people on the beach. I guess for most people holidays include sleeping in.
It was very peaceful. Sun coming up over the ocean, water gently lapping at the soft, white sand, rainforest on the other side.
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We’ve made it as far as Chilli Beach, our second detour off the highway.
And a very welcome stop it is too.
We had a late start from Coen after a big night at the Exchange Hotel. They advertise themselves (on their coldie holders at least) as “great beer, great food, great pub”, and they’re not wrong. The young chef (and unfortunately I didn’t get his name) gave us his home made banana cake with caramel sauce and ice cream for dessert. It was superb!
Not only that, but we were very pleasantly surprised with a good Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
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