Brian Wishart

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Brian Wishart

We are mad about being out doors. Be it camping, playing in the bush in our 4 wheel driving, or on the open road on our moter bike. Brian's moto is "Wear out not rust out!"



Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Alice Springs August 11th 2009

Day 13 11/08/2009 Alice Springs 7.45 am we were picked up from the Caravan Park for a half day scenic flight from Alice Springs to Ayres Rock airport. Along the way we passed over many natural wonders, some we have never heard of before e.g Lake Armadeus a salt lake and Gosse Bluff a meteorite crator just to name a few. We have a heap of photos of the flight, too many to publish here but the sites were spectacular. On our return we caught the bus into town into Alice. What an interesting experience with a couple of local passengers. (Tub of Vicks recommended) After that we went back to camp to catch up on chores such as washing, grease the truch and resort the gear. Tomorrow we are heading up the Tanami Road towards ... read more
Landscape 1
Landscape 2
Landscape 3

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Alice Springs August 10th 2009

Day 12 10/8/2009 Kings Canyon to Alice Springs We have a half day scenic flight booked for early Tuesday morning so we are heading to Alice Springs today after the a canyon walk. 9.30am a guided tour started for the “King Canyon Creek walk” so we joined in. Brian originally wanted us to take up the challenge of the “Canyon Rim Walk” which starts with 500 steps straight up, affectionately referred to as Heart Break hill and after seeing the beginning of the climb the name fits!. Brian’s calf muscles were a bit sore from the Ayres Rock climb so we chose the low road. It was interesting to hear what the guide had to say but we both agreed that NSW would have a canyon equally as beautiful that may not be as well known. ... read more
The walks available
Kings Canyon Rim Walk
Bridge for Rim Walk

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » King's Canyon August 9th 2009

Day 11 9/8/2009 Ayres Rock to Kings Canyon Left mid morning heading to Kings Canyon. Easy drive today as the road was tar all the way and stopping at Curtin Springs for fuel and lunch under the trees again. Fuel $1.70 per litre. From there we turned off and headed north on Luritja Road to Kings Canyon. We called into Kings Creek Station which is a cattle station offering services similar to Curtin Springs but on a bigger scale - Fuel, accommodation, meals, souvenirs and camel, quad bike or helicopter rides. Very neat and tidy and staff very friendly. From there it was only a short drive to Kings Canyon, approx 38 km. The Kings Canyon Resort is on the other side of the canyon offering accommodation for all budget levels. The camping ground was well ... read more
 Kings Creek Station 2
Camel rides
Kings Canyon 1

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru August 8th 2009

Day 10 8/8/2009 Ayres Rock & the Ulga What a top day. We returned to the National Park intending to go directly back to Ayres Rock but we found that the climb was closed due to winds at the summit. Brian was pissed off because that was his goal for the day so as a second choice we headed for the Olgas as the walk was still open. Amazing rock formation - the big domes were made up of what looked like rocks imbedded into rocks. We chose to complete the Walpa Gorge, 2.6km 1hr return. Awesome mix of red rock, green bushes/shrubs a small water hole and rock path. After we completed the walk we drove around to the “Valley of the Winds” but decided to head back to Ayres Rock. The walk was open ... read more
Olgas
Reflections at Olgas
Marker at the top

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru August 7th 2009

Day 9 7/8/2009 Kulgera to Ayres Rock (Uluru) Left Kulgera late today as we needed to do some washing and an old bich, who was staying in camp that day, raced me to the laundry and I lost - not happy Jan!!! I was even crankier when I found she was staying on for an other day. One good thing did come out of it we sorted our gear and are thinking of sending some home that we do not use. The road today was all bitumen what a nice change. We stopped at Curtin Springs for lunch under the shade of a tree and had a bit of a chat to an Emu that was wondering around free. Must be a pet he was to tame not to be. Curtin Springs is a cattle station ... read more
The Yobbos
The Yobbos
Sunset viewing area

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Kulgera August 6th 2009

Day 8 6/8/2009 Oodnadatta to Kulgera NT Track very very rough in places - sharp rocks and in other places very sandy, corrugated with bull dust. We were glad to reach Marla today and get off the dirt and I think even the truck gave a sigh of relief. Marla is the junction of the Stuart Highway and the Oodnadatta Track and consists of a Service Station complex of a pub, Post Office, supermarket and takeaway all in one. We stayed at Marla for a while trying to update the blog page but the machine there would not allow uploading of files so we gave up. I did manage to catch up on emails and check the bank so all was not lost. We travelled as far as Kulgera which was the first place we came ... read more
Dust
Wedge tail eagle 1
Wedge tail eagle 2

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Outback August 5th 2009

Day 7 5/8/2009 Lake Eyre to Oodnadatta The road from Lake Eyre back to William Creek is badly corrugated with bull dust holes to make sure you’re awake. From William creek to Oodnadatta was a mix of sand, rock & corrugations. We called into the old Peake ruins - ruins of the overland Telegraph repeater station. The road was hard work but it was worth the trip. A lot of work went into the buildings back then - all rock, wide walls and huge fireplaces. Around the ruins are a lot of natural springs which was relied on once but now they have a high salt content leaving the ground with a white crust. From there we moved on to the old Ghan rail bridge which is no longer used. The structure was built in England ... read more
Landscape
Peake ruins 1
Peake ruins 2

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » William Creek August 4th 2009

Day 6 4/8/2009 Flight over Lake Eyre and the Painted Hills Easy day today. A scenic flight over Lake Eyre and the Painted Hills did not leave until 1pm so we took the time to sort our gear, check the truck for maintenance and catchup on photos and journal over a cuppa at the William Creek Pub. The flight was fantastic! Six seater plane and a dirt run way - that was a first! Lake Eyre is only approx 40% full. The lower the water level becomes the more consentrated the salt content becomes. Due to this all the fish has dies and only a small number of peligans are left. The salt is that concentrated that it burns the skin and could turn you blind if it gets in your eyes. Instead of moving on ... read more
Lake Eyre scenic flight
Dingo Proof Fence to the Nth
Dingo Proof Fence to the Sth

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » William Creek August 3rd 2009

Day 5 3/8/2009 Marree to William Creek Awesome weather - Cold nights but glorious days. Marree consisted of a general store, old railway, a couple of caravan park/campgrounds, Pub and the famous intersection of the Birdsville & Oodnadatta Tracks. Campground old and well used but the folk were very friendly. The track leading towards Lake Eyre South was in good nick with changing landscape. From Lake Eyre the track was quiet rough with heaps of corrugations and loose rocky surface. The landscape continued to change from sandy dunes to low laying salty beds. The colours where amazing - varying shades of reds, yellows, browns and greys. Very similar to the colours the aboriginals use in their paintings. Tomorrow we are flying over Lake Eyre before and the Painted Mountains before making our way closer to Oodnadatta. ... read more
Marree campsite
Landscape
For Wayne - more dirt

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Marree August 2nd 2009

Day 4 2/8/2009 Tibooburra to Marree Long day on the road today as we tried to catch up lost time but as it turned out there was not a lot to stop and see. Tibooburra to Cameron Corner was mad with continual mountainous woops but the track itself was in good condition but the closer we got to Cameron Corner the sandier the track became with some sections quiet deep. Fuel was $2 per litre - ouch! We stopped and had lunch - nice food, nice people. The toilet block gave us a laugh, old and very well used with ply wood flooring with not much wood left and toilet fittings at weird angles. Took some pics, at the corner post, with our hand in three states at the same time. At this post is where ... read more
Landscape
Cameron Corner Shop
Cameron Corner




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