4x4 Travels

Australia Traversed 1968-2017

  I was born in South Africa and spent my youth reading books about adventure and dreaming about far away places. I started driving my dad’s car at the age of 8 and had to wait another 10 years to get my driving licence. My first car was an Anglia 100E in 1963 and since that […]

Dattoo-0

Travelling Set-up 2017

  We were living in a caravan for nigh on 10 years and 5 years of that we were on the road full time, travelling and working. Then we bought a cottage in a quiet rural town and settled down for a while. Health issues saw to it that I did not get out too much […]

Feet up at Innamincka 2017

Click on thumbnail photos to enlarge them Out of nowhere a week appeared between social engagements and medical appointments and we packed our Crusader X-Country Caravan, hooked it up to the Isuzu MUX, and sped away with only a loose idea of where we were going.   The first thing that strikes you as you move […]

My Beanie

Beanie Festival 2017

She started on me as early as last year, as we were planning more things but not knowing where our lives were going to take us as my Doctor had blurted out to me during our home visit in May, that I had cancer. “I would like to go to the Beanie Festival in Alice Springs […]

February Heat 2017

Last year we did long term travelling leaving home for three months at a time but circumstances have changed and this year we are looking for short getaways to hideaways within a comfortable distance How we picked going away in to a heat wave is above suspicion. We gave it a scant glance as this week […]

New Year’s Seclusion 2017

(click on Thumbnail photos to enlarge them) The older you get the more peace you want in your life and noisy parties and drunken behaviour are things to be avoided. And so we always aim to go somewhere quiet for our New Years camping trip although these days we travel in sedated luxury and can hardly […]

Ron the Tour Guide

Cobbold Gorge 2016

I had heard of Cobbold Gorge on a previous visit to Far North Queensland and kept it in mind for a future visit. Along the way on our journey to include Cobbold Gorge in to our itinerary this year, we stopped for a rest at Mount Garnet Caravan Park “No way am I going to take […]

Destination Weipa 2016

  Having done all the necessary jobs and visitations as far as Bundaberg, we set off on a new adventure to visit new places and ones we had been to long ago. New roads are the order of the day but unfortunately they are built on the foundations of the old ones and remain bumpy and […]

Escaping the cold 2016

  Throughout life we are forever escaping from something. The older one gets the more susceptible our bodies become to the vagaries of the weather. Trying to find the best weather, however, is normally a journey of some thousands of kilometres in this vast island continent. We lived in harmony with the weather in Darwin until […]

And there - Jacobs Ladder

Jacobs Ladder 2016

Having driven to most of the ‘bucket list’ places in Tasmania there still remained a few places to go where we have been excluded from as we have our ‘Furry Child’ travelling with us. So whilst camped at ‘Old Mac’s Campground’ in Launceston,  I took the opportunity to drive out to the ski fields’ iconic road […]

Bass Strait in the distance

Tasmania 2016 Western Half

Halfway through our Tasmania holiday. 6 weeks down and 6 to go Camped at Turners Beach in Caravan Park run by Lions Service Club Drove to Burnie via Penguin along some of the shoreline but access is difficult as a rail line and wild scrub stops frequent access. No beaches either, just rocks On the way […]

Spirit

Tasmania 2016 Eastern Half

This will be a roving report for the next three months commencing 12th February. Loading the car and caravan on the ferry was an adventure in itself with only millimetres to spare each side (or so it seemed). Jude took a seasick pill, the doggies were tranquilised and I had a few beers before sleep. It […]

Hancock's Lookout

Wandering the Eyre 2015

  We set off from home earlier than expected on our weekend away. The fierce west wind had been blowing all day and now at 6pm it had started to dissipate as we headed into it. Our destination for the first night was Hancock’s Lookout in the Southern Flinders Ranges. We had not visited there in […]

Rising Moon

Stock Routes, Strip Roads and Tracks 2015

                We had spent a few lazy days at Longreach Waterhole on Newcastle Waters Creek, which lies twelve kilometres west of the Community of Elliott on the Stuart Highway. It is a popular spot for tourists who travel in Self Contained vehicles. Bush toilets have been provided but apart […]

Carson River Track

Carson River Track – Kimberley 2015

Some photos by Marla Nightingale(MN) ( Click on thumbnail photos to enlarge them ) Please Note: The Department of Aboriginal Affairs is no longer issuing permits for access to Oombulgurri Lands. This includes all of the eastern section of the Carson River Track. Permits are still being issued for access to the Carson River Escarpment and […]

Ghost gum

Going Walkabout 2015

The cold weather of the the southern climes gets to us every year and so we are preparing for another sojourn out in the tropical bush. Having lost some camping gear in the Datto fire we are embarking on a ‘replacement’ drive for  essential items such as a Tripod for the Billy, an Eco-billy for quick […]

Dry Spinifex grass

Desert Rescue 2015

Hindsight is a wonderful thing. “If only” is a catchphrase often used after the event. But in the heat of the moment (and it was around 45C that afternoon), as Trip Leader, I decided to abandon my beloved Datto as we could find no remedy to repair the overheating engine. We were also running low on […]

Here I stay

The Datto’s Last Ride 2014

The Desert Road On this adventure I promised to take those with me to the most remote rock-hole in the whole of Australia. Initially I was going to approach this place from our position out from O’Grady’s Well and across the NT/WA Border north of Lake Mackay, but I was refused permission to do this by […]

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