7: Stranded on the Stuart Highway: Welsh Tows and Outback Uncertainty

Uluru gradually faded in our rearview mirror; a shimmering orange haze in the distance that danced like embers around a hearth and waved to us in fond farewell. We had hoped to cover plenty of ground that day, mapping our intended route across 700km of Australia. However, Jenny the notoriously unpredictable Land Rover had other agendas that resulted in … Continue reading 7: Stranded on the Stuart Highway: Welsh Tows and Outback Uncertainty

6. Outback wonderlands and a very slow southern descent

Despite all odds and the improbability of ever reaching Alice Springs, Jenny chugged into the heart of Australia heaving a hot, heavy engine and two exhausted backpackers. Matty maintained a close and constant eye on the oil level, splurging on new cans at every available fuel station. Every half hour would beckon a stopover and … Continue reading 6. Outback wonderlands and a very slow southern descent

5. Rainbow Serpent Eggs and Outback Aliens: The Mysterious Road to Alice Springs

The end of the Barkly Highway was in sight. It was as miraculous as meeting the end of a rainbow but without the well-earned pot of gold. On the contrary, our arrival in Warumungu meant parting with a whole pocket of cash and draining our banks dry for more oil. By this point, Jenny was … Continue reading 5. Rainbow Serpent Eggs and Outback Aliens: The Mysterious Road to Alice Springs

4. Caravan Banquets and Burning Oil

As Mount Isa loomed into view after an agonisingly long day spent behind the wheel on the Flinders Highway, it was like drifting into some kind of industrial paradise (a paradox if ever I heard one). It was almost a relief to park up and part with 25 bucks at Sunset Caravan campsite, lured in with the … Continue reading 4. Caravan Banquets and Burning Oil

3. Keep Your Bonnet On: Plunging into the Wild West

The next morning, we explored the high street of Hughenden which boasted a small row of shops with questionable titles. Each was named practically for what it sells such as ’Drapes’ or what the store is like ‘Pharmacy’, ‘Newsagents’ or my favourite… ‘Shop’. Admittedly, these are very helpful; imagine a scenario in which you are … Continue reading 3. Keep Your Bonnet On: Plunging into the Wild West

2. Cowboy Boots and Wild West Windpumps – Outback Queensland

Exhilarated and determined, we started our trip at Townsville after having driven south again from the tropical Cape Tribulation. We were so excited, we told everyone about our endeavours. It was slightly disconcerting however to hear one old Australian bloke at a caravan park scoff and say ’well your car may survive the outback but you … Continue reading 2. Cowboy Boots and Wild West Windpumps – Outback Queensland

1: Goodbye civilisation: Popping outback

Adventure East Coast was at an end. We were convinced we had touched enough Easternly ground to last us a lifetime and we were itching like fleas on a ‘roo to see more of Australia’s unrefined, rural beauty. Our East Coast trip had instilled in us an insatiable thirst for travel and we found ourselves … Continue reading 1: Goodbye civilisation: Popping outback