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  • Day36

    On the road into the Australian Outback

    December 15, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    We‘re hitting the road from Adelaide to the Ayers Rock („Uluru“) and to Alice Springs through the Australian outback...our servant is the 4WD campervan from Apollo 🚐 the next days - there will be nothing but desert.. 🏜

    We carry a lot of food, extra water and extra diesel in these days... for emergencies (car breakdown, snake bite 🐍 etc) we have a gps activated device where an airplane should find and rescue us... fingers crossed 🤞🏼 no need to use it!

    Starting with sunrise... let‘s a goo! 🌅
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  • Day3

    Port Augusta

    May 10, 2017 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 11 °C

    Went to the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Gardens saw a lot herbage and shrubs that grazing has suppressed . Viewed the red cliffs and stood where Matthew Flinders once stood looking out to the Flinders Ranges.
    At the Wadlata Visitors Centre we saw the "Tunnel of Time" that traces the creation of the Flinders Ranges and what that land means to traditional owners and early explorers and owners . Ended the day on the old wharf where in early days camels where lifted off or on to boats.
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  • Day44

    Port Augusta

    October 27, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Nun sind wir in Port Augusta angekommen, haben das Outback und somit das Rote Centrum hinter uns gelassen. 10.000 Kilometer liegen seit unserem Start in Perth vor 6 Wochen hinter uns. Wir sind die Westküste entlang in den tropischen Norden gefahren, es wurde immer heißer und trockener. An so manchen Tagen und auch Nächten beinahe nicht auszuhalten. Doch wir haben es (fast) immer genossen, waren dankbar für jeden Campingplatz mit Pool, indem wir eine Abkühlung fanden. Wobei wir an einigen Campingplätzen gar keine „Zeit“ hatten, um zu Baden, denn es gab immer so viel zu sehen und zu entdecken.

    So sind wir dann den Steward Highway entlang in den Süden gefahren, lange Stecken immer geradeaus, hunderte von toten Kängurus am Straßenrand. Es wurde immer heißer und trockener.
    Bis wir dann Südaustralien erreichten und eine neue Klimazone erreichten. Es wurde „kühler“ angenehmer, Tagestemperaturen heute um die 20 Grad, Nachts um die 12 Grad und dazu herrscht hier ein kalter böiger Wind vom Meer. Dieses Wetter wird und die nächsten Wochen begleiten, bis wir wieder in Richtung Norden, Sydney fahren, dann steigen die Temperaturen wieder stetig an. Aber jetzt sind wir erstmal wieder im Frühling angekommen.
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  • Day2

    Port Augusta

    May 9, 2017 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 12 °C

    Past through pastoral country having freshly germinated trefoil clover and native herbage with abundant saltbush . On the way from Mildura to Morgan we passed well known sheep stations, The Gums , East Bungaree , Collinsville and John Parkers Old Canowie on the way to Jamestown . John Parker owned Avoca Para near Wentworth , and Mena Murtee at Wilcannia when I worked for him. Passed large wind farms across the ranges south of Peterborough.
    Near Wilmington on our way to Port Augusta we passed Mt Remarkable , where a fire had started on its northern side . We then wound our way through picturesque ranges and on to Port Augusta.
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  • Day16

    Port Augusta

    January 21 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Big industrial town - if there was much for the tourist here we didn't find it! Ok for a stopover but Kimba is a better choice. They did have a nice old wharf that was getting a facelift (but there was no cafes along here!?). There is resident wharf cat and they had the BEST orange juice!Read more

  • Day22

    Port Augusta

    December 17, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 42 °C

    Pizza am Strand, weit und breit niemand außer ein paar Kängurus. 😍🦘

  • Day25

    The Outback - Adelaide

    October 18, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    For the race purposes we're still on Darwin time which is an hour behind so we're up to see the sun rise across the Outback and for breakfast at 05.30 again, after a cold night with not much sleep for me.

    The car is already loaded and charged so we're able to set of for the Port Augusta control stop before 07.30. We trailer after the stop for the next couple of hundred kilometres, where the plan is to unload and run the car the final 70km into Adelaide.

    It's been a busy week. I've been in the scout car the entire time which entails either driving or sitting with the route notes on my lap ticking off features and looking out for potential hazards to the solar car. We've also been scouting ahead for suitable stopping points etc.

    The car's unloaded for the final time. Callum's at the wheel and pulls out onto the main road for a phenomally easy run on dual carriageway. Andrew realises that his next choice of driver changeover is on the other side of the dual carriageway and may not be suitable so asks Rob and I to check out out. It's apparent that's it's going to be a nightmare getting the convoy safely across so we start looking for somewhere else that may be suitable as a closer alternative to the next servo on the left which is another 20km on from this point. We find a long gravel not-quite-layby which would be ok. The only problem is that it is straight onto the fast road. They decide to stop for the driver change. It's not the best with the fast traffic but they are underway within minutes so the car is now on its final run into the city.

    Suddenly we hit the Friday afternoon Adelaide traffic. It's really heavy and slow with lots of traffic lights. We crawl along slightly ahead of the convoy. I'm glad to be in a heavy duty off-road 4x4, it can't have been much fun in the solar car. The route instructions aren't great with too much unnecessary info about lane changes. And then it happens. A voice over our cb radio says to move into the right-hand two lanes and the rest of the convoy moves right. We're ahead, already in the left lanes. I frantically go through my notes to see if I've missed a crucial instruction. I haven't. They have and the whole rest of convoy heads off in heavy traffic in the the wrong direction... There's nothing we can do but carry on as planned and hope it isn't too long before they can get back on route.

    We get to Victoria Park and park up. We're fiddle around for quite a bit thinking we should get into town. Suddenly the truck and the trailer appear. They got back on route fairly quickly and the car is now where it should be. We hop on the next free bus to Victoria Square as the lead car drives up. They'll have to get the next one. Andrew then phones me as the chase car has been told to go to Victoria Park but they're lost with no instructions. Lance manages to get an official to stop our car before it leaves the holding area so that Andrew and his car can make it. Which they do eventually.
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  • Day154

    Port Augusta

    May 10, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Stayed 4 nights at Port Augusta Sports Club $7 pn. Pretty ordinary camp and town to be honest. The whole place smells like rotten seaweed depending on the direction of the wind, and there's an outdoor shooting range across the road which impressed Marg no end! At least there was a dump point, water and we had use of the clubs toilets when they were open.

    We used Port Augusta to get the car serviced and stock up before heading north up the Stuart Highway towards Coober Pedy. We vacuum sealed a heap of meat (using the genny), and the club froze it in their freezer for us. The meat should last at least 4 weeks in our fridges as we now leave civilization.
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