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Oodnadatta Track

The Oodnadatta Track 2010

  The Oodnadatta Track is an iconic road made so and famous by the Afghan cameleers of the Nineteenth Century when they transported their goods on camels imported from Afghanistan to missions in the north of South Australia and to Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. The Oodnadatta Tack and one of Adam Plate’s famous desert […]

Wilpena Pound in the distance

Flinders Ranges wandering 2010

    We drove east along the road which links Copley to Balcanoona and the Arkaroola Yunta road. It is a very pretty drive through the hills of the Northern Flinders Ranges with many twists and gullies. We bought an icy pole each at Iga Warta Store and Campgrounds along the road and then drove through […]

Farina Campground

Coopers Creek Ferry 2010

  Boxing Day saw us take the road north via Orroroo, Hawker, Leigh Creek and Lyndhurst. It was a warmish day and we had a tailwind which made the car run a little warm. I took the insect screen off the front and only ran the air-conditioning for short periods if time so as not to […]

Beachcombing the Yorke 2010

Every summer we try to make a break for a short sojourn by the seaside. The weather forecast looked good for the day after New Year so we hooked the trailer up and went to explore the beaches of the west coast of the Yorke Peninsula of South Australia. We had been that way some years […]

Black-headed Python

WA Deserts and beyond 2009

I had gathered by invitation, a group of friends and acquaintances, to join us, that is myself, my wife Judith, and Jeddah our dog, on our winter holiday and for the first month, as I had planned an adventure to very remote and isolated places over a three month period. We set off as a group […]

Labbi Labbi Rockhole

Labbi Labbi 2008

    I had another trip planned for 2008 and was busy making an application for a permit from the Central Land Council when other participants became involved and the whole thing fell in a heap. So we applied for permits to enter the Central Reserves in Western Australia instead and this went without a hitch […]

Andado Station Track

Outback Tracks 2007

I had not planned a trip away in 2007 but as winter set in and the days became colder, my asthma took a turn for the worse and I decided that I should go and look for some warmer weather to the north. I had however, set the wheels in motion to organise a gathering of […]

Lake Disappointment

Desert Apparitions 1994 & 2007

It was late afternoon in July of 1994 when we crossed Savory Creek, just to the west of Lake Disappointment in the Little Sandy Desert. The crossing had some wetness to it but it hardly required four wheel drive mode. Not long after the crossing and after some cross country driving to find the Canning Stock […]

Now I am stuck

A Midsummer Bog 2007

31 January 2007……………… Phone rings at 4.15am…. “What the…..?” “Yeaaaahrr……..” “Mate I’m in the chit! We have two vehicles bogged to the west of Hawker” “Yeaaahrrrr…..”…Half asleep “Can you help?” “Yeaaaaahrrrr……………” ‘Twas me neighbour down the road. He does contract cleaning of Electricity Transmission facilities in the state. To gain access to these facilities he needs […]

Jasper at Marble Bar

The Kidson Track 2006

Newman, Nullagine, Marble Bar, Carawine Gorge On our departure day out of Newman we went to the Visitors Centre and I enquired about access and camping at Kalgan Pool. Yep, no worries BUT you need a permit. A what?? Yep, a permit from BHP Billiton to cross their railway line. Cheeez!. And it had mobs of […]

Art of the Calvert Ranges 2006

We turned towards the Great Central Road which runs from Laverton in Western Australia to Uluru and Alice Springs in the Northern Territory and on to Boulia and eventually Winton in Queensland. After camping at Sunday Point we started another adventure up the David Carnegie Road and Eagle Highway. On our way to Tjukayirla Roadhouse on […]

Anne Beadell Highway 2006

Well, Len Beadell, the surveyor and builder of this road, the Anne Beadell Highway, had a very good sense of humour when he named his rocket roads, ‘Highways’. One can see his humour that from his sketches and cartoons and of his writings in the many books that he wrote. This road, which has now become […]

A captive of the sand

A Hard Trek into the Desert 2006

Deserts fascinate a lot of people, including me. The Simpson Desert is called Arunta, in an aboriginal language. It is the largest parallel sand dune desert in the world and has over 1100 dunes that lie along a South-southeast/North-northwest axis. The Simpson Desert lies across the corners of South Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory, and […]

Muranji

In Search of Antiquity 2006

Having read books and diaries by the explorers, Ernest Giles and Michael Terry and archaeological accounts by Dr. Josephine Flood, my interest has always been to try to get to some of the places mentioned in these transcripts. I have been interested in particular, in the ‘faces’ rock carvings of the area, as depicted in a […]

Mt Sonder

Western Australia Wandering 2005

I was inbetween knee operations but felt that the time was ripe for an extended tour of Western Australia and in particular the desert areas. So Judith and I teamed up with our friends, George and Maureen from Darwin and we met up in Alice Springs to commence our travels. We ‘boarded’ our dog Jeddah with […]

Cresting a dune

A Desert Adventure 2004

Uncle Milton and I left home on Sunday 19th Sept and had a good trip up through Hawker and Lyndhurst and motored on to Claytons Bore on the Birdsville Track. Had a lovely sojourn in the artesian spa bath and soothed our aches and pains. I rang Jude on the Satellite phone. There was only one […]

Birdsville Track

Birdsville & Corner Country 2004

Thursday. Leave home on my own at 5.45am. It is a cool morning with the temperature at 2 degrees. A fresh tailwind accompanied me out of town and I was able to cruise at 95 quite comfortably. Lots of kangaroos to be seen. Drive in on Beltana Road to where plaques are at the Afghan well […]

Willem

Dust Devils and a Crook Filter 2004

Uncle Milton and I got away at around 10.30am and headed for Terowie. A cold south wind was blowing quite strongly and raised dust devils hundreds of metres in to the sky from the barren plains beyond the Terowie perimeter. We drove by lonely stations along a dusty road until we reached the New South Wales […]

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