May - June 2017
  • Day54

    Drysdale

    June 30, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    After 7 weeks and 5 days and some 15,917 kms we now look back on our trip that was better than we could have imagined. This trip has served as a boost to our appetite for us to do so many more.
    Angela feeling very refreshed and ready for work-she was able to find a new nurses outfit for the occasion-pic attached.
    Our final wrap :
    1 - Having a good quality thermos, a plentiful supply of Extra spearmint gum, Werther's Original lollies and washable coffee/ tea cups a major priority.
    2 - Western Australia has to be commended for its roads-to think population size compared to the states area is truly amazing.
    3 - You could tell you had crossed the border from WA to NT by the deterioration in road quality.
    4 - Does WA really need speed limits of 110 on minor winding roads ?
    5 - Does NT need speed limits of 130 on its major roads ?
    6 - Victoria so needs to take note of television advertising in both WA and NT .....
    We don't recall seeing one fast food / junk food add entire time in both states.
    They had fantastic community adds from how great Dad's are, supporting biodiversity in farming,
    supporting people with disabilities and giving them opportunities to do things they love, encouraging improvement in reading and writing, making sure your kids get enough good sleep and healthy food so they will be able to do their best at school and of course discouraging smoking, family violence, alcohol consumption.
    7 - We didn't see any gambling ads even before or during the football, unlike in Victoria.
    8 - Both the Kimberley and Pilbra far exceeded our expectations
    9 - It was great to see so many national parks and important land marks are being known by their indigenous names and not by the names given by early white settlers.
    10 - Young Mawson was such a great backseat passenger-never once did he complain or ask " are we there yet ".
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  • Day53

    Mildura

    June 29, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    It seems such a long time since we took the road toward Perth , and we have now just returned on the opposite road from the territory.
    We are so excited to soon be seeing our family, friends and to be home, even though we have had the most fantastic trip.
    Our last day travelling -and so ready to plan for our next big trip ..................??Read more

  • Day52

    Port Augusta

    June 28, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Back to almost the beginning at the Port Augusta road sign when we took the left turn toward WA on the Eyre Highway .
    We passed John Parkers " Old Canowie Station" once again , on our return trip.

  • Day51

    Ghost Gums

    June 27, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    The paintings of Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjura made the ghost gum one of Australia's best known trees. They are an icon of the outback where their pure white trunk and bright green leaves contrast starkly against the red landscape.

  • Day50

    Coober Pedy

    June 26, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 10 °C

    Coober Pedy-the town in the desert, famous for underground living, which is like nowhere else on earth , and the opal.
    The original name of the area was Stuart Range Opal fields, it was later renamed Coober Pedy, supposedly from the Aboriginal words "kupa piti" which is assumed to mean white man in a hole.
    The appearance of the area is like an eerie moonscape type look- pitted with piles of prospecting sites, discarded from the search of the opal- seemly desolate and abandoned, which we both found depressing.
    Underground living had the advantage of escaping the extreme summer heat whilst combating the winter cool desert nights. The underground room temperatures remain a constant 23 to 25 degrees Celsius. We took a tour through an underground home which belonged to a women named Faye. She built her underground home in the 1960's by hand using a pick, shovel and wheelbarrow, initially by herself and later with the assistance of two women. There were three bedrooms, kitchen, lounge, bathroom, cellar , recreation area and seven air shafts. When she died in 2015 she wanted her home to be viewed by the general public and also to be lived in, both her wishes have been honoured. The cellar remains untouched since the day she left her unique home.
    We were told of her generosity to the township people of Coober Pedy-and to the Royal Flying Doctor service.
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  • Day49

    West MacDonnell Ranges

    June 25, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    The Mac Donnell Ranges stretch over 640kms running east-west through Alice Springs. They provide a picturesque backdrop to the town, lighting up each sunrise and sunset with a display of fiery reds, sunburnt oranges and deep purples.
    The Ranges are estimated to be 340 million years old and were formed when two tectonic plates collided, rocks deep beneath the earth's surface twisted and folded, thrusting upward to the sky. Wind, water, and time have exposed the skeleton of what was once a giant mountain range, much bigger than what is seen today.Read more

  • Day47

    Alice Springs

    June 23, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Located halfway between Adelaide and Darwin and 200Kms south from the geographic center of Australia between the East and West MacDonnell Ranges is Alice Springs. It is home to an array of galleries displaying outstanding examples of Aboriginal art. It serves as the perfect step off point to visit the red centre, and is home to the famous Henley on Todd-a day of fun where teams and individuals race in the dry bed of The Todd River during the Dry season. People race in bottomless tubs and yachts through the deep coarse sand. In the wet the Todd is in full flood and therefore the necessarity of the several bridges across the Todd in Alice.
    We visited the grave site of Reverend John Flynn who founded the royal Flying Doctors, bringing medical aid to the outback. His grave is marked by a large boulder that was brought to the site from the Devils Marbles-this did cause some unrest amongst the indigenous people who believe the stones from Karlu Karlu, Devils Marbles, to hold significant cultural significance . After sensitive discussions the stone remained , as it was believed that The Royal Flying Doctor service was for all people of the outback not just whites.
    We visited the Olive Pink botanical gardens-this arid region native flora reserve was founded in 1956 by Miss Pink ,an unconventional anthropologist and outspoken advocate for Aboriginal rights. She was also a noted botanical artist and a women ahead of her time in the promotion of Australian native plant cultivation. She also held knowledge in regard to bush tucker and medicinal plants.
    We were able to experience reptiles up close at the Alice Springs reptile center, including pythons, goannas, venomous snakes and the great little favourite-The Thorny Devil lizard.
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  • Day46

    Angela and Duncan on holidays

    June 22, 2017 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 13 °C

    Having a rest after taking a walk.
    Cuddling up in the tent, first night camping.
    Duncan at a roadside lunch stop
    Ange at a roadside lunch stop.
    Ange having a little kick back in the shade.
    Roadside lunch stop at Tunnel Creek.

  • Day45

    Tennant Creek - Devils Marbles

    June 21, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    The Devils Marbles near Tennant Creek, known as Karlu Karlu by the local Warumungu Aboriginals,are a collection of huge, red, rounded granite boulders scattered across a wide,shallow valley. The boulders formed millions of years ago when an upsurge of molten rock reached the surface and spread out in a solid layer. Erosion over millions of years, caused the large block of erupted granite to crack and split into rectangular blocks, progressing to erode the sharp corners to smooth and finally rounded edges . Many of the giant boulders are precariously balanced on top of one another. The area surrounding the boulders is somewhat flat which makes this huge rounded collection even more spectacular.Read more

  • Day45

    Daly Waters

    June 21, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    On our way to Tennant Creek we dropped in at the the famous original outback pub, Daly Waters-first licenced in 1938. It's main attraction for tourists is to view or add to the memorabilia decorating the pub. There are banknotes, caps, bras, rocks, sporting jumpers just to name a few- little gems left from every corner of the globe. Angela was at this pub 31 years ago and remembers it to be just how it is today. Word down the road at Barrow Creek pub is the Daly Waters pub and camp ground was sold recently for a neat 4.5 million big ones !!! Must be due to the designer underwear that adorns the walls !!!Read more