Exploring the Towns and Ghost Towns of the Mid-North – Part 2

August 15, 2019

  It got quite cold overnight… There isn’t normally enough moisture to get frost like this in South Australia, but as I said, we’d had a lot of rain. I was actually fine in the swag. With a combination of my old Army synthetic sleeping bag and my MacPac down sleeping bag. The only problem […]

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Exploring the Towns and Ghost Towns of the Mid-North – Part 1

August 14, 2019

The region known as the Mid-North of South Australia is one I always find myself driving through, on my way to some off-roady destination. However I’ve always fancied just having a little tour around this area, which is not a traditional tourist area, but is full of history. So I left the Land Cruiser at […]

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Dry July – A Land Cruiser and a Range Rover go winter desert touring. Part 3

August 5, 2019

We bade goodbye to our little spot on the Cooper Creek. A quick breakfast and topped off the fuel at the Trading Post. Said goodbye to the characterful owners and hit the road. Today we would take Walkers Crossing, taking us through the Birdsville Track where we would turn the trucks south and start heading […]

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Dry July – A Land Cruiser and a Range Rover go winter desert touring. Part 2

August 1, 2019

Pink sunrise greeted us the next day. We fuelled up and headed out.   Back down the access road from Arkaroola we hung left, north east, this dirt road would take us up to the Strzelecki Track, and on to Innamincka, our destination today. This track was relatively busy this morning. We passed a group […]

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Dry July – A Land Cruiser and a Range Rover go winter desert touring. Part 1

July 28, 2019

  So, this was originally planned as a trip up through the Simpson Desert. However, with the Warburton Crossing still flooded out and closed, meant the route (utilising the much lesser used Rig Road /WAA Line) I had intended to take was out. The main east-west crossing of the Simpson, along the French Line is […]

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AWOL Around Australia… The Debrief

July 9, 2019

  So, as I take a break from working my way through the list of maintenance jobs  that need doing to the Land Cruiser (not to mention cleaning nine months worth of red dirt out!). I thought I would do a bit of a wrap up, and what the future might hold. A bit of […]

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AWOL Around Australia… The Home Run

June 12, 2019

Settle in for the final chapter. We’ll be here sometime… Seemingly nothing but barren, dry, rocky desert awaits us. Or maybe not… There are a few muddy puddles on the track. Going around into the hard desert, seems to be the best option. Although even patches that look bone dry, are not what they seem. […]

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AWOL Around Australia… Back Through The Centre

June 6, 2019

Time to make some kilometres. Our day spent in and around Birdsville, meant there was no dilly dally now between here and Alice Springs. I wanted to get there before Friday to hopefully pick up the switch from Toyota, and we still had a good 1000km on unknown dirt roads ahead of us. After Lake […]

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AWOL Around Australia… The Flooded Desert

June 2, 2019

  Here is a little map for those not familiar with Australian geography. We’ve come across the top west to east, Kununurra, Darwin, out to Nhulunbuy. Then Borroloola and across to Cairns where the pin is. Where we turned around and started heading south-west, detouring to Longreach. Just for reference.   Heading south-west out of […]

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AWOL Around Australia… Turning Around

May 24, 2019

Well, early signs were promising. An absolute beauty of a trail through the hills, between Irvine Bank and Mount Garnet. Nothing difficult, but just rolling dirt tracks. I put Bertha in low range at times, we were still heavy with fuel, etc, so it just takes the load off. The weather seemed to change depending […]

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