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…

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…

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…

7. Have you cottoned on that Byron is the best?

Her thunderous engine chugged into the little coastal town of Byron Bay, our next stop along the golden coastline. The storm that had almost sunk Sydney had followed us north like a shadow we couldn’t lift, a gloom we couldn’t light. We peered out expectantly through the rain-washed windows as though a bit of wishful…

5. Coff’s Harbour

Rustling out the creases of the map, we studied our next move, trailing our gaze along the Pacific Highway. It wasn’t too long before we realised that most roads in Australia follow very simple and straightforward rules: merge onto the highway and put your foot down. The perpetually long roads may not appeal to the restless,…