Arckaringa & Coober Pedy

Blog #12 – Arckaringa Station – Coober Pedy – Marla – Days 67 to 72 of 180 The morning we left Oodnadatta was a lovely crisp autumn day and was a good day for driving and as our destination was only 75 klms away would be a relatively short driving day.  The Kempe Road which is between Oodnadatta & Coober Pedy was in excellent…

The Oodnadatta Track Pt 1

Blog #11 – The Oodnadatta Track Pt 1 – Days 58 to 66 of 180 Some history first before I get into our trip.  The road from Marree to Oodnadatta follows a line of mound springs known for thousands of years by the Aborigines until they were ‘discovered’ in the late 1850s by the explorers. The Oodnadatta track follows almost the same route as…

The Flinders Ranges

Blog #10 – The Southern & Central Flinders Ranges – Days 51 to 57 of 180 The road trip from Broken Hill to Peterborough was a tough grind towing a vehicle with strong headwinds most of the way.  This really sucks the fuel as it is not as easy towing what becomes a wind sail behind you.  Normally I can expect 12 – 13…

Broken Hill & Silverton

Blog #9 – Broken Hill – Living Desert – Days 45 to 50 of 180 Arrived in Broken Hill on a cold blustery day and following our Fuel Map app ended up driving from one end of the city to the other to save a cent per litre on diesel.  It does pay to take the results from these apps with a grain of…

Menindee and Kinchega NP

Blog #8 – Menindee & Kinchega NP – Days 39 to 44 of 180 Whilst only 123 klm between these two small outback towns it still took us two hours of teeth rattling and jarred spines of corrugated road to get there with one 10 klm stretch of tar in the middle to give you a false sense of freedom until the dirt (and…

Pooncarie

Blog #7 – Pooncarie – Days 33 to 38 of 180 Pooncarie, which today is a tiny town on the Darling River, was known in the late 19th century as ‘The Port’. At the time it was a vital staging place for the river steamers which began plying the Darling River in 1858 en route for Menindee and Wilcannia. Today there is little more than…

Mungo NP

Mungo NP – Days 30 to 32 of 180 Although sad to leave Bottle Bend it was off to a new adventure to see the sights at Mungo NP.  I had read so much about this place before we arrived there but nothing had prepared us for the road in.  The first 20 klm from Buronga to Mungo had lulled me into a false…

Farewell to Bottle Bend

Bottle Bend – Days 19 to 29 of 180 – the wait is over Not planned for but we have extended our stay at Bottle Bend as we have struggled to get booked into the places we want to travel too.  No biggie as this place is quite pleasant with not much happening.  Gives me more days to sit and plan our trip much…

Bottle Bend

Blog #4 The Hiatus – Days 10 to 18 After leaving Lake Crosbie we had a need to sort out the solar issues that Greg was experiencing as we had serious concerns that his new 200ah Lithium battery would fail if we could not get power into it.  Drove into Ouyen and started ringing auto electricians within a 100 klm radius but had no…

Lake Crosbie (Pink Lake)

              We left Lake Boga and its very noisy caravan park with a change in plans due to the weather in NSW.  Mungo NP was closed until the roads dried out so I decided to take Greg & I across to Lake Crosbie in the Murray-Sunset NP in the NW of Victoria.               This is a lovely part of Victoria which is accessible by…