Southern comfort, and home.

The last few days of the trip were spent hanging out with friends, and drinking far too much. You...

The last camp

Out of the blue one night in Batemans Bay, I received a message from a family we’d met in...

NSW and almost home

When we started our trip we had a week of a heatwave, followed by months of rain. Our final...

Flying through Victoria

Leaving Coonawara, the landscape continued to be flat, and fertile. Huge farms all over the place, dotted with the...

Ten days in South Australia

We sat on the roof of a little Oyster shack, looking out over tidal flats on one side, and...
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Southern comfort, and home.
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The last camp
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NSW and almost home
Life
Flying through Victoria
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Ten days in South Australia
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Howdy

Originally from Scotland, I'm a forty (odd) year old father of two who now lives in Sydney. I work, I play with my kids and I clean the house.

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Pirates category

I've always kind of liked Pirates. Actually got my ear pierced drunk one evening because I wanted to look like one.

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Ningaloo Reef

Ningaloo Reef is Australia’s ‘other’ big reef system. It’s sub-tropical, so not quite as colourful as the Great Barrier Reef but it’s a fringing reef, which means it’s very close to the mainland. The Great Barrier Reef is 40 km’s out for example, while Ningaloo is just metres away. And it’s the largest fringing reef in the world.

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The long way home

Billy was from Nottingham, and he looked like a prune. He’d been living in a shipping container by a beach for the last 50 years, so I guess that would do it. I’d say that Billy wouldn’t let the truth get in the way of a good story however, so I’ll take that with a pinch of salt.

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Broom Broome

It was 30k’s from Windjana back to the Gibb, and it had been about 30k’s from Windjana to Tunnel Creek. That makes 120k’s in total that I had completely forgotten about when estimating my distances, and more importantly, the amount of diesel required. So when we reached the Gibb, the final 20k’s of corrugations before the bitumen didn’t bother me at all.

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Now it begins…

The road from El Questro back to the Gibb is a 16km dirt road, with a few river crossings thrown in to keep it interesting. You hit the Gibb, turn left on the bitumen and 50metres down the road, the gravel begins.

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The Gibb River Road

The Gibb is one of those journeys that’s on most 4WD bucket lists. At only 660km it’s a lot shorter than Cape York, but it has a reputation of being pretty dreadful. People tend to do it only once, for example. Or twice, with 20 years in between so they’ve forgotten the bad bits.

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The Bungles

When we got to the Bungles it was too hot to do anything. We set up, of course – a process that resulted in me producing a litre of sweat. The girls sat in the air-conditioned car until we were done, then we lounged around all afternoon in the shade.

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Kimberley bound

You have to drive through Katherine again to get to WA, so we stopped, stayed the night and had another crack at the School of the Air. Much like the Royal Flying Doctors, it’s an amazing service that actually makes it possible for people to live in these far out places.

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