Overcoming the fear of travelling alone

I will not pretend I wasn’t petrified. I was. But mixed in with the awful fear was a glorious feeling of excitement. Most of the really exciting things we do in our lives scare us to death. They wouldn’t be exciting if they didn’t. 

Danny, the Champion of the World

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Top tips for travelling around Australia

We all make mistakes, but some of them can be deadly.

Now that restrictions are easing, and people are making plans to travel again, here are some simple tips to help you avoid what could be dangerous mistakes. Or that could save you lots of money.

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Where to see kangaroos in Australia – and koalas *UPDATE*

Kangaroos under the trees near WhitecliffsKangaroos, koalas, wombats, echidnas, platypus(es??? – platypodes?), emus, wallabies, and more kangaroos. Everyone loves Australian animals.

What’s not to love – they’re cute, cuddly, and they sleep in the shade all day – or swim in the case of platypus. And as long as they’re not spiders, snakes or crocodiles, or octopuses or some fish, or jelly fish, they’re unlikely to kill you. Though that’s not impossible either!

I once took somebody on an outback tour and her first priority? “I want to see a kangaroo”.

So where are the best places to see them?

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Popcorn pandemonium killed the cat

3.5m crocodile swimming past our campsite

3.5m crocodile swimming past our campsite

Doc and I were lying in the tent, having our morning coffee on the balcony. The morning bird chorus was phenomenal, and we were just watching the lagoon he’d been catching fish in yesterday.

Suddenly he got very attentive.

“What’s up?” I asked

“I’m just watching the other bank. The activity on the water has changed.”

“It’s the croc.”

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Women can drive the Old Tele Track too

I did Gunshot! I was still on a high when I woke up the next morning.

But it didn’t take long before I came down to earth with a thud. Gunshot is definitely not the hardest creek crossing on the Old Tele Track.

After a morning spent relaxing at Fruit Bat Falls and Eliot/Twin Falls I felt ready to take on anything. It’s lucky I didn’t know what ‘anything’ meant. The further north we went the more difficult the crossings became. Particularly without lockers! (Is anybody noticing a pattern here? The next car will definitely have lockers.)

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Gunshot – Driving the Old Tele Track

I did Gunshot!

I was on such a high. Gunshot is the stuff of legend. Even the chicken track at Gunshot has a deep, long creek crossing. And even the easier of the 2 exits is steep & rutted. It’s not an easy crossing however you do it. The exit took me 2 attempts before I got up.

But I did it!

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Driving the Old Tele Track

After spending almost 5 months in Adelaide on family matters, with only small weekend trips away, I felt the need to do something a bit bigger.

“I need to do something challenging” I said to Doc “Something that will push me out of my comfort zone, and even scare me.”

Well, the Tele Track certainly delivered. In spades!

There’s no such thing as easing yourself into the Tele Track. It starts the way it means to go on, with the drop in to Palm Creek almost vertical. Even the chicken track is steep, soft sand. And once down it’s almost a given that you’ll have to winch out again. Unless you have lockers, which we don’t.

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