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…

3. Outbacker Baaackpacker: Settling in on an 85,000 Acre Aussie Sheep Farm

During the struggle, stress and strain of willing Jenny to revive, we eventually collapsed from exhaustion like a pair of defeated soldiers on a battlefield. We arose the next morning in a crumpled heap on the car floor pushed awkwardly against the rear door, cursing ourselves for ripping out the double mattress that had once lived in the back…

2. Stop Revive Survive: Kangaroo Bones and Flatlining Car Batteries

What is a road trip in our loveable Land Rover without a major breakdown? On 27th August, we plotted our route on Google Maps from Adelaide to Broken Hill expecting to meet our new employers in a car park outside Woolworths and follow them in convoy along the lengthy, deserted dirt roads to their home hidden in the…

1. A Landy in Allandy

Our East Coast and Outback escapades with Jenny the ever-thirsty fuel guzzler had rapidly dissolved our finances and we were now in desperate need of work and a steady income. Matty and I decided to upload a couple’s advertisement requesting work using the old reliable Gumtree, a well-reputed website in Australia where, unlike the UK,…

11. Sizzling Radiators and Songs of a Whale Migration

All concerns for Jenny’s malfunctioning engine lay dormant within the deep crevices of our minds as we tried to enthuse about our upcoming weekend excursion to Moreton Bay Island. Friends and other campers had recommended a trip to the bay islands that encompass Gold Coast, and we soon found ourselves relishing the opportunity to drift…

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…

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…

10. Koala Cuddles and Clanking Engines – Gold Coast

Our arrival into the glorious Queensland hadn’t been quite what we’d anticipated; a suspicious offering of cupcakes at a questionable caravan site and a crippling, cursed water infection. We endeavoured to push that experience behind us as we headed for the bustling city of Gold Coast, half an hour away.  Surfer’s Paradise, a suburb of…

6. Pirate Possums at Pebbly Beach

We navigated our way blindly in the dark towards the Pebbly Beach campground. This was a struggle. The campsite was nestled in the heart of an overgrown forest, surrounded by the hefty caravans and 4 wheel drives of other campers. Our challenge was to weave Jenny’s bulky body around the intricate path of trees and…