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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Carson River Track

Carson River Track – Kimberley 2015

  Carson River Track Some photos by Marla Nightingale(MN) Having had this exploration curse my whole life, I have been extremely lucky to visit many remote places on the Australian mainland over my time here. Not that I have made any critical discoveries or cut virgin ground, but that I have seen some fantastic places […]

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 […]

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 […]

Australia Traversed

Australia Traversed 1968-2015

  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 […]

Dattoo-0

Travelling Set-up 2015

  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 […]

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 […]

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 […]