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…

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…

12: Sweet Strawberry Farms and Tranquil Everglade Kayaking – Noosa

Her boiling bonnet burned and bubbled like an erratic volcano as the Moreton ferry docked. We made a direct beeline towards Brisbane city centre and it was there she was nursed by a Brisbane radiator specialist. We were faced with the choice of purchasing a fresh new radiator or fixing the old one for a fraction of the…

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…

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…

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…

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…