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 […]

Australian Deserts

Further reading here:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deserts_of_Australia

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 […]

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 […]

108 AWH

Dirt Tracks North 2014

On a grey day I passed through the Flinders Ranges heading north for the Oodnadatta Track. There wasn’t actually a forecast for rain in the area but rain it did, although only lightly. I stopped to make a sandwich up on the lookout near the Moralana back-road turnoff, and chatted with some overseas visitors, who […]

Great Dividing Range 2014

In the great flatness of the Australian Mainland, the Great Dividing Range, is Australia’s most substantial mountain range. The range stretches more than 3,500 kilometres, running the entire length of the eastern coastline before turning west and finally fading into the central plain at the Grampians of Western Victoria. The width of the range varies […]

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 […]

Sturts Meadows Petroglyphs 2013

Although public access is allowed to the Sturts Meadows site one still has to contact the property owner to gain permission to come on to the station. I managed to do that through a local friend of the owner and it worked out well for me as I was able to see the stone carvings […]