Datto

Travelling Set-up 2014

Over the past 10 years I have towed a trailer and later a caravan but have now cut back as I am only doing solo trips these days and mostly to hard-to-get-to remote destinations Vehicle: 1994 Nissan GQ RX 4.2litre diesel Bought 2nd-hand in August 2004 for $13,000 with 265,000km on the speedometer. Current (August […]

2014

Australia Traversed 1968-2014

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 […]

Crimson Rosella

Close encounters with wildlife

In my years of travelling the bush I can recall a few unexpected close encounters with wildlife. Some of them were pleasant and some of them downright scary. Spiders Isn’t it funny that such a small living thing could produce so much animosity towards it just because it is what it is. I must admit […]

Here I stay

The Datto’s Last Ride 2014

On this adventure I promised to take those with me to the most remote rockhole 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 the Central […]

O'Grady's Well

Lylalya / O’Grady’s Well 2014

Back in the 1970’s I was talking to a bloke about exploration by European explorers and the name of Michael Terry came up and that of a place called O’Grady’s Well and its unique construction. Over the ensuing years I have read most of Michael Terry’s books on his exploits throughout Australia and have attempted […]

Yandama Bore

Farina to Hawker Gate 2014

I was privileged to be invited along for this journey by Ron and Viv Moon, authors of many Australian Guidebooks. We have been friends for years but had never done a trip together and this was a good opportunity to join the group, which included their long-time friends Neil and Chris, from Western Australia. It […]

Happy Campfire

Centre Bush Tracks 2014

Heading north along the Stuart Highway out of Alice Springs and through the undulating hills which surround the town, it isn’t long before you see the sign that denotes that now there is no speed limit. The vast distances to travel, between towns and roadhouses in the Northern Territory, has made for the re-introduction of […]

Zook bog

Bogged 1977 -2014

Bogged……..That is just what it means. No forward movement! On our first date all those years ago I bogged the Morris Isis on Casuarina Beach and Judith and I spent an hour digging it out and putting anything we could scavenge from the beach, under the wheels. We then let the tyres down a tad […]

A Remote Track 2013

  The old airstrip at the end of the Deering Creek Track, and about 5 kilometres from the Cleland Hills and Mount Winter, was most likely put there to supply food, fuel and parts for the machinery that made the seismic tracks way back in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. Now totally overgrown, there […]

Cleland Hills 2013

  The Cleland Hills, outliers of the George Gill Range, are surrounded by sand plains and dune fields in the predominantly flat landscape on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert. The hills are mostly composed of porous Mereenie sandstone which can hold water and that will support some plant species within a restricted range. […]

Dingo

Dingoes of Alalya 2013

      I always seem to miss something that may be important when visiting a place. Last year when we were at Alalya Waterhole, also known as Thomas Reservoir, we walked in from our camp for a distance of about two kilometres. I was quite tired after such a walk with my prosthetic knees […]

Camels

The Tarn of Auber 2012-13

This tale is almost mythical. It dates back to October of 1872 in Central Australia. The modern day explorer, Ernest Giles and two companions started off from Port Augusta on a quest to seek out good pastoral lands. This expedition was sponsored by Thomas Elder and William Hugh of South Australia. On their return trip […]