Month end Odo reading: 6,264
May 2009
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1-3 May     Distance:  279kms

Narrabri Showgrounds to Dubbo, via Gilgandra. Stayed at the Dubbo City Caravan Park (Top Tourist).  ****.   Awoke to the sound of horses hooves, one guy was racing his buggy and another was driving a ute with 2 horses in tow - I guess he was giving his horses their early morning exercise. I was later told the local agricultural show was being held on Saturday & Sunday. We left the showgrounds at just after 8am and headed for the Cotton Exchange, an interactive display and explanation of the cotton industry which is centred around Narrabri. We learnt Australia is the 3rd largest cotton producer in the world - we also watched a 3D movie about the cotton industry, it was quite an interesting & informative visit.

After that we walked into town to buy an electric heater - our RV has a diesel heater which works really well - but why use diesel when I am connected & paying for electricity? Our air-conditioner is also a reverse cycle unit, but the fan is quite noisy.

The route we took was along the Newell Highway, plenty trucks and a few land trains, the road in places is shocking, in other places it was very good.  One sees literally 100's of dead roo's alongside the road - a bit like the possum road-kill in NZ.

2 May - We rode our bikes to the Taronga Western Plains Zoo, just on 4kms from the camp we are staying at.  It was well worth the ride. It is an "open" zoo, meaning there are no cages. Each enclosure is enormous and when required the enclosure is surrounded by a moat.  A really neat feature of this zoo is you can drive a car around, walk, or as we did, ride our bikes through the zoo. The ride around the zoo is just over 6kms  with old the detours so beside the exercise we had a great close-up view of many animals. Very well worth the visit!  Their site: www.taronga.org.au  Another great thing was they only charged us the "oldies" rate ( I must look like an old fart), of $28 each as opposed to $45 each. Sometimes I don't mind being old!

Washed the RV when we got back to the camp - that's me done for the day, week & month!

3 May  -  Before going to jail I discovered Yvonne's front tyre had a puncture so I had to repair it before we left, halfway through fixing Yvonne's tyre I found my front one was also punctured - a few devil thorns were removed from each tyre. Once both were repaired we headed off into Dubbo town to visit the Old Dubbo Jail (they spell it Gaol). Their web address is: www.olddubbogaol.com.au

It was built in 1847 and closed in 1966. Interestingly the jail is right in the centre of town, on the main street. Apparently the town grew  around the jail. The visit was interesting - we walked inside a solitary confinement cell, it was so dark and dingy, would have hated being in one - some inmates spent up to 21 days in it. 8 men were hanged at this jail between 1877 & 1904 by Nosey Bob, a executioner who had no nose. The gallows are still there to see.

We spoke to Scott and family this morning on Skype - got all the news from Connor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Km's for the Month: 4,606
Odo reading at month start : 1658

May 4-5   Distance: 296


Dubbo to Cobar via Trangie, Nevertire and Nyngen. Stayed at  Cobar Caravan Park (**½ ). We are now in the outback - it's becoming more & more arid and the roads are straight, flat & one can see the road ahead for miles. It's a lot like parts of New Mexico or the Karoo.  Not the most interesting drive today, besides seeing a few 'roos on the road, but by the time I got my video camera switched on they walked off the road.

We stopped at Nyngen for lunch - not a bad small town, once again those amazingly wide streets with back-to-front angle parking.

May 5 - Decided to stay in Cobar for another day, to visit the Great Cobar Heritage centre museum. The museum chronicles the history of the coal mining industry in and surrounding Cobar - plenty very interesting exhibits and a great collection of old mining tools and photos. We also walked to the old, now disused copper mine about 100 metres from the museum.

Also visited the local library to print NZ tax forms I had to print after I downloaded. We met the husband of the library manager there who gave us some great travel tips.

Spoke to Lyn & Tony in Canada today on Skype and also to Charlotte & Peter. It was great catching up with them, especially with Charlotte after his recent short trip to South Africa.

May 6    Distance: 359   19.5 mpg     14.4 l/100kms


Cobar to White Cliffs (in the middle of nowhere), via Wilcannia. Stayed at White Cliffs RV Park (*).  Geographical co-ordinates of White Cliffs RV park: S 30o 50.959'  E143o 05.376' .   Another day of nothing to see. Between Cobar and Wilcannia, which are 260 kms apart, we saw absolutely NO houses or structures at all, except for a few long-drop toilets at the 4 rest areas. Again, hundreds of dead 'roos, plenty live goats, most looked feral and they are gigantic! We also saw plenty Emus and sheep - all the sheep were on the road side of the fences.  The soil became drier & drier and redder in colour, the last 50 kms before Wilcannia were really dry and arid.  We had been pre-warned about not stopping in Wilcannia, because of the nonsense the indigenous people get up to - we had to stop there as I needed to refuel, which I did at an extremely unfriendly BP garage. The woman was most offhand but when I paid I think she realised this and then tried to make amends by being as sweet as pie - but this was after giving me a mouthful for wanted to clean the diesel spill that SHE MADE, with the windscreen washer thingy. Unfortunately I will have to refuel there again on our way to Broken Hill.

From Wilcannia we made a 95km detour North to White Cliffs - an opal mining town, we had heard about an underground hotel. We got there just on lunchtime but when enquiring what we could get to eat we were politely told they only serve breakfast & dinner, and we could only view the hotel after 2pm. So we retreated to our motorhome and had lunch in our own restaurant. 30 minutes later we went back into the hotel, it was worth the wait. The current owner of 4 years, was very eager to tell us all about it and it's history, which was interesting.  He then, for a gold coin donation to the Royal Flying Doctors Fund he let us go through the whole hotel as well as any empty rooms.  What was amazing was how cool it was in the hotel.

White Cliffs is inhabited by weird people, many came here to make their fortunes, found no or very few opals, made very little money and not enough money to get back into mainstream Australia.  It's a very small, very dusty town, with only one or two roads sealed.  To get to the hotel I had to take our new home on a "dirt" road on a round trip of 3 kms - I hated every minute of it, and my home is now filthy with red dust and as it never rains here there is no water to wash it. Yvonne & I debated whether it was worth the 190km round-trip detour. The jury is still out!

7-8 May     Distance:  292     17.2 mpg   16.3 l/100kms

White Cliffs to Broken Hill via Wilcannia. Geographical co-ordinates of Broken Hill City RV park: ( **).   S 31o 57.717'  E141o 26.133'.  We are staying at the Broken Hill City Caravan Park , yet another dusty, dirt road  park - how I hate them as one just can't get away from the dust and dirty feet.
 
We left the White Cliffs camp just after 8 am, headed first for Wilcannia to fill up with diesel and then onto Broken Hill. I returned to the same BP garage as yesterday but this time the woman there was very friendly, she commented, "you' re back". On the way from White Cliffs to Wilcannia, a distance of 95kms, we saw only 2 cars! But we did see literally 100's of 'rood, alive and dead. We also saw plenty emus included one on the highway to Broken Hill who had just been run over, but it had not been killed, so there it was, just sitting in the road but in pain and unable to move. If I had a gun I would have stopped and put it out of it's misery. I am sure within 20 minutes or so it would have been run over again by a land-train or car.  This sight really made Yvonne feel very sad and I was surprised to see just how much it impacted on her.
 
We also saw at least 10 very large brown eagles - probably the same size as a Bald eagle of a Fish eagle - stunning birds. Feasting on all the dead wildlife were crows, eagles, small red foxes and even the white & pink Cockatoos.
 
The Telstra NextG system never fails to amaze me - today in the middle of nowhere, somewhere between Wilcannia and Broken Hill we stopped for lunch - having just heard the news about a Napier policeman being shot and all shorts of hassles going on. I fired up my laptop, lo & behold I had a 3 bar NextG signal so was able to read and email from Scott about the problems and respond to him -  it makes travelling just that more enjoyable knowing that in most places one will be in telephone and Internet connect range.
 
Initial impression of Broken Hill, it's a typical mining town, with possibly the very worst roads in the world in downtown Broken Hill - they are so bumpy  pot-holed and rutted we had a real bumpy drive through town and to the camp. Tomorrow we will cycle the 3 1/2kms into town.
 
8 May - road our bikes to Patton street, which is supposedly the old part of Broken Hill, with many old buildings. It is about 4 kms from our camp but on arriving there we quickly decided it was hardly worth the ride.  We stopped the Bells Milk Bar, which was described in the book we have as an authentic 1950's American style diner / milkshake bar - other than the furniture being from the '50's - tatty and unkempt it really did not live up to it's reputation. We had a coke and a cappuccino  to see if it would liven me up. I am being a bit negative as I have one hell of a dose of 'flu, but I am going nowhere near a doctor just in case they quarantine me for suspecting I have swine flu - I would not like to stuck in Broken Hill awaiting the test results.

9-10 May     Distance:   298


Broken Hill to  Mildura via Wentworth. Staying at Buronga Riverside Caravan Park:  (4*).  Geographical co-ordinates of Buronga Riverside caravan Park:  S 34o 10.907'   E142o 10.048'.  It's a very good road from Broken Hill to Mildura, I think it's the best road surface so far in Australia other than the highways in Queensland. Another day of miles and miles of nothing until we were just before Wentworth.  Suddenly we saw a river with water actually in it - up 'till now all the river beds have been bone dry - as a result of a 7-year drought. So, it was very pleasing to see water and green grass again. We drove around Wentworth a bit before heading for our final destination for today and the next few days.

Both GPS's could not locate the camp we are staying at - I saw the signposts but choose to ignore them as both GPS's told me to turn right and the signpost showed a left turn - just goes to show that sometimes the old technology is more accurate.

We are staying at the Buronga Riverside RV Park, a neat & scenic camp right on the banks of the Murray River. - we have a riverfront site with a great view of paddle steamers and house boats on the river. The camp is directly across the river from the wharf where one catches the paddle-steamer "Melbourne".  This is an original steam-driven paddle-steamer built in 1912 and restored to a passenger boat in 1965.

10 May -  we walked the 2kms to the Mildura wharf, across the main bridge at Mildura that crosses the Murray river. That was after climbing up a steep bank to save ourselves an extra few hundred metres. We took a 2 hour trip on the Murray on the paddle-steamer "Melbourne" . It was the first time since France we had gone through locks again, it took me back in time a bit.

After the trip we were given a lift to downtown Mildura by an ex Zimbabwean couple from Perth - there was a street market on the main street. It really looks a neat and great little town (population +- 29,000). It was well worth the detour coming to Mildura on our way to Adelaide.

11 May     Distance:   228     18.5 mpg      15.2 l/100kms


Stopped at Renmark for lunch, a really neat small town on the river. Another paddle-steamer. We walked around the downtown area.  Waikerie is also a neat but much smaller town than Renmark. There are a number of houseboat charter companies located here. We also watched a car ferry ferrying cars from one side of the river to the other.
 
12-16 May     Distance: 210     19.8 mpg     14.2 l/100kms
Waikerie to Adelaide via ; Blanchetown - not much to see - a Murray River town Swan Reach - Got there & found ferry at end of the road to cross river, no other way, Angaston - really scenic & beautiful "English" village, Nuriootpa - also very neat town, Gawler - stopped for groceries (all 3 above towns are in the Barrossa ValleyStaying at Adelaide Caravan Park (Top Tourist) (**½ ). S 34o 54.537'  E138o 36.920'.  Just after leaving Waikerie we turned off the highway at Blanchtown so we could travel along the Murray river and see the cliffs I had read about. When we got to Swan River the GPS informed me there was a ferry at the end of the road - the maps did not show this - however after stopping and checking with a local we were informed the ferry was large enough to take us across the Murray river - which we did. after the ferry trip we travelled up an extremely steep mountainous road, at the top it looked liked NZ, green grass, horse stud farms and sheep. The first town we got to was Angaston - an extremely scenic and beautiful old "English" town with stunningly beautiful buildings and churches.  Well worth the detour. The Barrossa valley, the premium wine-growing area of Australia, is really pretty and obviously very wealthy.
 
The drive into Adelaide was interesting, the roads which are brilliant up & until the Adelaide outskirts deteriorated into some really bad, pot-holed and bumpy roads. The camp is 2kms from the Adelaide CBD so tomorrow we will walk into town.
 
13 May - It rained very hard last night, which is very good for drought -stricken South Australia. We walked the 4 kms into town today, at times it rained heavily.  About ¾  the way there a council worker stopped and took us about 400 metres in his car.  Adelaide is a very pretty town with beautiful architecture - there are so many grand churches  so it's no surprise it's called the "City of Churches". The main shopping street is called  Rundle Mall, a paved pedestrian street which is a lot like Robson Street in Vancouver, the buzz of people with plenty pavement cafes which unfortunately due to the inclement weather we were unable to enjoy - however we found a really interesting arcade and had refreshments and lunch.
 
At least our walk back was in the dry.  When I got back to camp a borrowed a stepladder to climb onto the RV roof, to check if the Saturn TV aerial had a green light. I will reserve my negative comments on this aerial until I hear further from the designer of this aerial - until now, unless we are in an areas with an extremely  good signal the aerial is useless - despite it being advertised as the best available in OZ - we will see!!!
 
14 May - Rest day,  it rained a fair amount so we just walked along Hackney Street towards town, passed the Botanical Gardens and St Peters Private School.  Lazy day.

15-16 May     Distance:   58


Adelaide to Kingston Park, via Port Adelaide in the north then we drove south to Kingston Park (a suburb south-west of Adelaide).  Staying at Brighton Caravan Park (2*).  S 35o 02.240'  E138o 31.003'. This park overlooks the Gulf St. Vincent and is right on the beach. 
 
From the RV park in Adelaide we drove to Port Adelaide, about 20kms north-west of Adelaide. It's the old port area of Adelaide and although the town looks like it really reached the bottom of its life-cycle a few years ago, much restoration work and new developments have taken place over the past few years. It is now beginning to look like it has a future - lots of boutique shops and nice coffee shops. Unfortunately the Fishermen's Market was closed and although we found the Maritime Museum we decided not to go in. We walked around the small town and we were impressed by the restored buildings.
From there we drove south-west along the coast to Kingston Park - one really stunning area was Glenelg - it really neat historic town with a great marina and a lock going out to sea. It's still raining on & off but I guess we shouldn't complain as very shortly we will be back in the arid Aussie outback. 
 
We have come south to see and old neighbourhood friend, Dorothy Ebelthite (Taft). She and Charlotte my sister re the same age and were great friends when growing up. Dorothy & her husband, Eric (who also grew up in the 'hood) met us and after much catching up we went out for a very enjoyable dinner and then back to their place for some talking. I have not yet decided who talks more, Dot or her sister Fran, but one thing for sure, they both can talk!! 
 
16 May  -  It poured last night and was extremely windy as well. We really are experiencing Adelaide at its worst, but it good for the city as they desperately need the rain. Eric picked us up in the morning and after first taking me to Dario's Caravan Supplies to buy a another water filtration unit and cartridge, he then took us on a real scenic drive south of Adelaide to a 'old' small town called McLaren Vale. On the trip back to the RV park we travelled along the coast. It is a very pretty part of Australia, with many really nice beachfront houses. That evening we had dinner at Eric & Dot's place, where we also met Lyn and her husband Kevin Salmon. Lyn is Eric's sister.  We had a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

17-18 May     Distance:  334


Kingston Park to Port Augusta. Staying at Port Augusta Caravan Park (Top 4)  ( ***½ ).  S 32o 28.770'  E137o 45.234'.  Quite an interesting drive with plenty to see. We stopped at Port Pirie, a fair-sized town. We stopped at the fishing harbour there to have lunch where I spoke to 2 very friendly prawn fishermen. Also saw some very long trains carrying steel.
 
The camp is OK but we are back to red-sand sites.
 
18 May  -  Decided to stay an extra day in Port Augusta. Walked into town across the Old Great Western Bridge built in 1927, it's now closed and is used only by pedestrians. There is also an old barge wreck , built in the 1880's, near the bridge. The town is quite interesting.

19 May     Distance:   366     20.4 mpg     13.8 l/100kms


Port Augusta to Mulga Well North Rest Area - 189 kms south of Coober Pedy.  S 30o 32.065'  E135o 21.540'.  Interesting drive today. Stopped at Woomera to see all the old & disused military aircraft & missile launchers and missiles. Very interesting and well worth the 6km each-way detour. We also drove alongside some enormous salt lakes.
 
Saw our first long road train today, one even had camels in it, we saw this at Glendambo.
The rest area is large and pretty neat, met a few Queenslanders also on their way to Darwin. We saw a beautiful sunset which first went red then very, very red - stunning!

20-21 May     Distance:   188


Mulga Well North Rest Area to Coober Pedy.  Staying at Opal Inn Caravan Park (Top Tourist) S 29o 00.897' E134o 45.199'.  No fresh water???, pay showers, and no dump.  For these reasons this camp rates  its low 1  star rating.
 
Arrived in Coober Pedy just before lunch, we stopped at the Information Centre to get tour information. The person who works there was most unhelpful with any information, whereas the hotel staff (to which the RV park is attached, were very friendly). We booked a 4 hour tour tomorrow. After settling into the Opal Inn RV park, we walked into town, about 200 metres away. It is very dusty and there are many shops selling opals - some small ones, with unique & rare colours sell for up to $12,500 each, un-mounted.  Many scenes from the movie Mad Max were filmed in & around Coober Pedy.
 
The first thing we noticed we a lot of Aboriginal people hanging around outside the pub & pokies room. Most of them looked pretty destitute but obviously not down enough to prevent them from gambling!
 
22 May -  We did a 4-hour trip around Coober Pedy, to the Serbian Underground Church, a working Opal mine and out to the Breakaways Range & Moon Plain- to an area also know as the painted desert.  The scenery was absolutely stunning and the colours or the rocks and mountains was extremely unique.  We also saw the dingo fence, the longest fence in the world. In a moment of weakness I bought Yvonne a really nice opal necklace & pendant. Jimmy the Greek was a fantastic guide.

22 May     Distance    391     18.9 mpg     14.8 l/100kms


NT Border to Curtin Springs Roadhouse, via Kulgera & Erldunda. Geographical co-ordinates of rest area, S  25o 19' 00 E131o 45' 24.  Very windy again, this time a head wind so fuel consumption won't be too good.  Stopped at Erldunda to fill up with diesel, had very good NextG range. Diesel now $1.559 per litre. On the way to Curtin Springs my speedometer stopped working correctly, it now over reads by 44 k.p.h. When we arrived at Curtin Springs the wind was howling and it was just slightly less than a red dust storm - red dust everywhere. It was 31o C and did not cool down until 20:00, and then only to 27o. Red dust is all over the motorhome and even managed to penetrate inside. It's now 21:30, the wind has dropped and it's starting to cool down even more.
 
I am really not sure why people live in these conditions. Just before arriving here we saw Mount Conner, a striking flat-topped mountain many people mistake for Ayers Rock. In anticipation of the flies we bought fly nets for both of us, they are worn over or under hats. Diesel cost $1.79 per litre at Curtin Springs!

24-25 May     Distance:   140 plus 122 to Olgas 


Curtain Springs to Ayers Rock (Uluru). Staying at Ayers Rock Resort Campground Thank goodness we are away from Curtin Springs and the dust & heat we experienced there.  On the way to Ayers Rock it starting raining which became really hard the closer we got to Yulara, the resort town close to Ayers Rock. As it turned out it rained most of the day so everyone is really pleased with the heavy rainfall. At 4pm the sun started peeping out from behind the clouds. Earlier today, after checking into the camp, we drove to Ayers Rock, expecting to be a little disappointed due to the rain and possibly low cloud cover.  Our first sighting of the rock sort of confirmed our fears but the closer we got the more stunning it became.  The size of Ayers Rock is much bigger and more impressive than we had imagined. As we got even closer we saw waterfalls cascading all down the face of the rock in so many places - it was the most awe inspiring sight. We parked the motorhome and walked to the foot of the rock - words cannot describe just how beautiful it is and the more we walked the more beautiful it became.  Although I hate the rain & getting wet, as those who know me well, know - Yvonne and I walked in the pouring rain along many of the paths and just could not stop being overwhelmed with the sheer size and beauty of Ayers Rock. The cascading waterfall into the Mutitjulu Waterhole is fantastic - only yesterday, the waterhole was empty and there were no waterfalls.  We consider ourselves very lucky to have seen Ayers Rock in the "wet" - very few people have been fortunate enough to see what we saw today. I took hundreds of photos and am having a hard time selecting just a few for this page.
 
25 May  -  Drove from the camp to The Olgas ( Kata Tjuta), where we walked the Walpa Gorge walk.  It really is scenic and a very different rock formation than Ayers Rock.
 
After this we drove back to Ayers Rock so I could take a photo of the rock from the identical place and at the same time -it's amazing the difference to the colour that sunshine makes. We then visited the cultural centre which I was quite disappointed with, for a world class tourist destination the centre was not very informative.
 
We have just returned from our Sounds of Silence dinner - a great dinner experience in the bush.  At first we had Champagne and canapés while the sunset over Ayers Rocks, this was then followed by a buffet feast in the bush, from where we could see Ayers Rock & The Olgas. The kangaroo steak was particularly good  - the company was excellent and a good time was had by all. We were also entertained by a very good didgeridoo player.

26 May     Distance:    319


Ayers Rock to Finke River Rest Area.  S  24o 33' 06  E133o 14' 30
 
Left Ayers Rock around 9am, filled with diesel ($1.51 per litre), then drove to municipal dump. We enjoyed our stay in Ayers Rock and are very glad we made the effort and travelled the extra mileage to get there.  The Finke River rest area is 75kms north of Erldunda and is a nice rest area, but very busy. It's 3pm and it's already full.  Many road trains going by, most 3-trailers and a couple of 4-trailer trains.
27-29 May     Distance:    134
Finke River Rest Area to Alice Springs. Staying at Wintersun Caravan Park (Top Tourist) **** S 23o 40.887' E133o 52.336' . Left the rest area this morning around 9am - on the way to Alice Springs we stopped at Stuart's Well roadhouse to see Dinky the singing dingo, but we were too early, so we just had some tea & coffee (NZ$9.10 + $2 if we paid using EFTPOS (Debit card) - these small places really know how to rip it off.
On arrival in Alice Springs, which by first impression seems pretty neat, we first headed to the Mercedes dealer for them to look at my faulty speedometer - it's booked in for tomorrow afternoon. Then we went grocery shopping at the local Woolworths, then checked into the camp.  Seems very nice, staff / owner very friendly. We have been warned to lock up while in Alice Springs as it has a large indigenous population and petty crime is quite prevalent.  We rode our bikes into town, it's quite a neat town, the main shopping street is paved with pedestrian access only - it also seems to have a very relaxed atmosphere with many sidewalk coffee shops and restaurants, including one very western looking pub saloon.
28 May  - Did not do too much, sat at the Mercedes garage for about 3 hours, speedo still not repaired. Walked around town.
29 May   - We first rode our bikes to the original Alice Springs Telegraph Post - which was extremely interesting. We were given a talk by a half-caste (his words, not mine) aboriginal. He is one of the stolen generation, young mixed-blood children who were taken away from their mothers and raised by various church organisations.  He could not stop telling us how grateful he was that this had happened to him, giving him opportunities he would not have been afforded if he stayed with his mother.  I must add that other half-caste aboriginals do not share his gratefulness. From 1932 to 1942 the Telegraph station was used to house the children taken away - this era is now referred to the Stolen Generation.
In the afternoon we did a tour of Standley Chasm (46kms from Alice Springs) and Simpsons Gap in the afternoon. Standley Chasm is stunning, the walk to the actual chasm was very interesting and the talk on the local trees & legends was very informative. Simpsons Gap is also interesting but not as scenic as Standley Chasm - unfortunately we only saw some rock Wallabies in the distance on the other side of the waterhole.
30 May  -  Extended our stay for an extra day, but it was a very relaxing, do nothing type day. It started raining heavily last night and poured most of today.

31 May     Distance:    341


Alice Springs to Taylor Creek  rest area - # 26.  S 21o 14' 52 E134o 06' 53.  Not a bad rest area, about 20 caravans, a few cars and only 1 motorhome (ours).
Had a good trip today - the topography changes after almost every crest in the road, lots of rocky mountains at first, then plains but with many trees. We saw many more water puddles alongside the road, and even a few rivers & streams with water in them - must be as a result of all the rain the last 2 days.  We crossed over into the Tropic of Capricorn.
We also saw our first Dingo today, it wandered nonchalantly through the rest area, between the cars stopping only to smell at scraps in the garbage bins and then it stopped and stared at a pet Maltese poodle, wondering whether to have a take-away meal of pet poodle, it decided against that and then wandered off across the highway. It came back later in the evening.
Stable parking - Narrabri Showgrounds
Dubbo zoo
Horse & buggy, Narrabri showgrounds
Yvonne in Dubbo gaol
Punctures
Copper mine in Cobar
The old Cobar mine pit
Underground hotel in White Cliffs
Wilcannia Post Office
Solar power installation
Miner's house - White Cliffs
Curious "Roos, roadside
Famous Bells milkbar
Wild parrots at rest area
These birds followed me
House boat
Paddle-steamer "Melbourne"
View from "our site"
Murray river, Swan's Reach
Angaston Hotel
Arcade off Rundle Mall, Adelaide
Best street "sculptures
Port Adelaide
Historic 1st Hotel, Port Adelaide
Port Adelaide
Eric, Yvonne & Dot
The barge wreck
Port Augusta
Woomera aircraft
Camels on a road train
Spacecraft, Movie: Pitch Black
Underground Catholic church
The Breakaways Range, stunning colours at sunset
Yvonne swatting flies, SA/NT border
Mutijulu waterhole
Mt. Conner, Curtin Springs
Our 1st view of Ayers Rock
Aboriginal rock art
 Ayers Rock in sunshine
Dinner in the bush
The Olgas
Ridiculous but necessary!
Standley Chasm
Simpsons Gap
Seized children
Half-caste newspaper
Road train, Finke river
Alice Springs Telegraph House
Dingo in rest area
Tropic of Capricorn