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 […]

Australian Deserts

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

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 […]

Roma Gorge

Prehistoric sites 2013

  Whilst re-inflating our tyres at the side of the road a number of mud splattered vehicles thundered past us on the corrugated Mereenie Loop Road. It always comes as a bit of a shock when you have not seen a soul for days on end to suddenly be confronted by the rip roaring noise […]

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An Unmarked Track 2013

  A little way out of Kalkukatjara (Docker River) Community, we swung off the Tjukaruru Road and headed along a little used track in a north-easterly direction. The track is marked on government mapping for a short distance but after that it disappears from the screen. It is definitely not shown on any other commercial […]

SBJR and Mt Leisler

Sandy Blight Junction Road 2013

Len Beadell, Surveyor and Road Builder of Australian Fame, constructed this road in 1960 as part of the Woomera Rocket Range access roads. The road was built from Giles Weather Station in Western Australia and heads north, skirting the Walter Range, and Rebecca Creek, Sir Frederick Range, Mu Hills until it crosses over into the […]