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
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Flying through Victoria
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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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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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Kakadu. Fuckin’ awesome.

As lovely as Edith Falls was, I was excited to hit the road as we were heading to Kakadu. Probably one of the most famous National Parks in Australia. Kakadu is about half the size of Switzerland, and has a reputation of being a true wilderness, full of danger, beauty, and some of the finest examples of Aboriginal rock art in the world.

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Katherine, Edith and Stuart walk into a pub.

So Captain Cook has disappeared. And the story is now that of the explorers, and the Aborigines – who have been here a fair bit longer than us white fellas, so fair enough. It’s all their story really. We’re just the bad ending that nobody expected. A Directors’ Cut that made it to general release. And for all you can say about the Northern Territory folks, they seem to have embraced Aboriginal Culture more than anywhere else I’ve been so far.

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Welcome to the NT

There were only two options to get to the Northern Territory from Mount Isa. Go back up past Lawn Hill, hit the Savannah Way after eight hours and the head West on the dirt. Or, take the highway West for a couple of days and turn right at Three Ways.

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Broken Hearts & Windows

It was four hours from Karumba to Lawn Hill, and on the dirt towards the end of the journey, about 20 minutes from our destination a loud POP came from the back of the car. Shit. The rear windscreen had shattered. I covered it with a tarp and gaffer tape, and we finished the track to Adel’s Grove.

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Aye Karumba & Croydon

The road to Undarra was long, straight, and quite unlike anything we’d seen so far. We’d definitely left the rainforests behind, tropical or sub-tropical, all of that was gone. It was a barren, dry, and lonely landscape. Although one good thing about leaving the rainforests behind, was that we seemed to have left the rain behind too!

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Cathedral Trees & Lava Tubes

The next week flew by. We stayed at Mount Carbine for a couple of nights to rest and clean up. It took about two hours to clean the car. The girls helped, which probably added 30 minutes or so, but it was a lot more fun with them involved. Another hour took us back to Palm Cove, where we picked up our bikes and Katie’s school work, then we stayed in Cairns for a couple of days.

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Getting there is only half the journey

Frank Jardine was able to buy Somerset from the British authorities, as the administrative centre had moved to Thursday Island, where there was a better port. It’s now the main island of the Torres Straits, and only an hour and a half from Seisa by ferry. I would have loved to have visited, but it would have been $600 for the whole family to get there :/

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The top

After our long, and mildly traumatic, drive to Punsand Bay we decided to have a day of doing nothing. Well, Erin decided we should have a day of doing nothing. I was desperate to complete the journey to the tip, but she was right, we needed a day of rest.

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