Bathurst Bay on Cape York, where time stands still

In among the trees on a remote tropical beachThere is little more disconcerting in life than waking up, climbing out of your tent for your early morning pee, and being greeted by a round of applause. When you’re all alone.

That’s what happened to me at Bathurst Bay.

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The Creb Track

 https://kathswinbourne.com.au/kati-thanda-lake-eyre-all-to-myself/It was with some excitement, and more than a bit of trepidation, that we left Cairns and headed toward Daintree Village and the start of the Creb Track. And the official start of our holiday.

We didn’t drive along the Creb last time we were up here because it was closed. It’s closed more often then it’s open because it’s steep and clay based. The slightest bit of rain and the track becomes impassable because it turns into heavy, sticky, slippery mud. It’s just as well we were late leaving this year because the track had only been open for a week when we got here.

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Cape York revisited

Doc and I are heading up to Cape York.

This is where it all started for me. 8 years ago we went on our first big 4WD/camping travel adventure up to Cape York. To keep in touch with family I started this blog, and now here I am. Many adventures later, including two solo trips across the Simpson Desert, we’re back where we started.

This time we’re doing more tracks – the Creb, Frenchman’s, and the Old Tele Track. Last time we travelled with friends who weren’t very confident 4WDers, so we missed the first two tracks, but did the third. This time it’s just us, so we get to pick where we go, when, and for how long.

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Dalhousie Springs at sunrise

Dalhousie Springs at sunrise.Watching the sun rise through the mist coming off the 38 degree water in the spring

There’s nothing like starting your Simpson Desert sojourn at Dalhousie Springs.

It really is worth getting up before sunrise to sit in the 38 degree pool and watch the sunrise through the mist. When everything is quiet, except for the sound of the birds greeting the day.

An almost full moon only adds to the magic. Especially when you’re sitting on a pool noodle, just taking it all in.

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The Oodnadatta Track and Pink Roadhouse

When I travel I love to take photos and to write about my travels. This blog is as much for me as it is for other people to read – maybe more so. Writing helps me to give things some perspective, and, well, my life’s worth writing about … mostly. My life that is – not me personally. I’m pretty ordinary, but I do (mostly) have an extraordinary life. Of course, it’s interspersed with the boring bits where I have to earn money, but I’m working on that too. I might have a new business venture to announce soon.

So, if you want to take photos and write during your travels, what are the things you need to make sure you have with you?

  • Camera – check
  • Lenses – check
  • Flash – check
  • Tripod – check
  • SD cards and card reader – check
  • Camera battery – check
  • Battery charger – Oops

 

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4WD outback travel shows

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 for Low Range.

It’s way overtime for a mainstream 4WD show to have a female presenter on board – it makes good business sense. There are a lot of women out there travelling, and a lot more who would like to do so, all they need is a bit more confidence. Having a woman on a show like that would bring in more viewers, and more viewers equals more advertisers and sponsors.

At the risk of sounding like Sam Kekovich – You know it makes sense.

Check out my second audition below.

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