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Our preparations are well underway for our Thursday night getaway leaving Adelaide on our Emirates flight at 9:50 pm. Bella is booked in to Beau's Pet Hotel for the next 5 weeks for an experience she wont be forgetting in a hurry.... read more

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Watervale July 10th 2018

Pleased to wake up in the graveyard, and pleased we were the only ones to wake up, in the graveyard. What we weren't awake to, is that today is Sunday and yes the local brethren were arriving for early Mass. They seemed totally unimpressed that we had spent the night with their dearly departed ancestors. We sort of nodded and tried to exchange common pleasantries, like good ole aussie "G'day, just leaving now, have a nice day". They were totally dark on us, almost as dark as the storm clouds gathering on the horizon signalling another tough day in the saddle. No time for breakfast, the embarrassment meter has just gone off the scale, packing up tents like men possessed. I was later to discover that in my rush pack, I had left one of my ... read more
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Watervale Hotel
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Oceania » Australia » South Australia July 10th 2018

Late start for us since the bus tour isn’t till 1:00pm today. Enjoyed the warm sun while we can with some of Naeshka’s chocolate pancakes. 1:00pm came along quick and we hopped on the Stuart Range Outback Tour. First, we were taken around the town and learned some brief history about how Coober Pedy got its name. The tour guide told us that Coober Pedy comes from the Aboriginal saying “white man’s burrow”. After chatting with some local Aboriginals, we found out the correct translation is “white man’s hole”. That was fascinating. We saw what the beginning of a “dugout” would look like before they start building a home underground. Driving to our next destination, we drove past the very creative desert golf course. Next was the mine fields. We saw all the machinery the miners ... read more
Coober Pedy
Coober Pedy
Coober Pedy

Oceania » Australia » South Australia July 9th 2018

Early morning for us from Lake Hart, and we are off to the underground town of Coober Pedy. Arriving to the famous opal mining town, there was no free camps nearby due to all the mine fields surrounding the town. Also, with zero phone reception, thanks to Vodafone, we had no choice but to check into a caravan park that happened to have free WiFi. Had lunch at the caravan park, then went for a drive through the CBD. We later found out that the caravan park offers a bus tour that we will be embarking on tomorrow. Which left the rest of the day for relaxing in the warm desert sun.... read more
Coober Pedy
Coober Pedy

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Port Augusta July 8th 2018

Early start to Port Augusta where we stopped at Coles to stock up. We then visited the local Catholic Church, All Saints Parish, and had some lunch at the park. On our way to Woomera to have a look at the closed immigration detention centre, only to find the RAAF Base instead. We weren't aware that Woomera was a testing site for rockets, which was very interesting to learn about. Back on the road again, our aim to get as close as we can to Coober Pedy before dark, only to find a beautiful spot at Lake Hart that we just had to camp at for the night.... read more
Port Augusta
Port Augusta
Port Augusta

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Woodside July 7th 2018

Departing Woodside and saying our goodbyes to Linda, James, and Bella, Port Augusta is our next destination. First stop was Maggie Beer's Farm, where we sampled a lot of food and tasted some wines. We had a sausage sizzle for lunch just outside of Maggie Beer, and we were back on the road. Drove through a little town called Waterloo! Which was a bit of a car karaoke situation, thanks to ABBA. Continuing our journey, we drove through Jamestown, which had plenty of cute "sheepies" that reminded us of Harry and Sally. Next we headed to Hornsdale Wind Farm & Power Reserve, which is the home of the world largest battery. As it was getting later we drove through our last small town Melrose, which is the oldest town in the Flinders. Stopped at a free ... read more
Barossa Valley
Barossa Valley
Barossa Valley

Oceania » Australia » South Australia July 6th 2018

It was great to catch up with Linda and James. They took us on a mini tour of Adelaide Hills region. First stop was Mount Lofty Summit. Beautiful views, but it was bloody cold. It felt like the Arctic winds were blowing us away. To get out of the cold, we decided to go a pub. The Uraidla Hotel happens to be the worst pub, the best pub, and also the only pub in Uraidla! Great meals and cold beer. Very rustic building with beer kegs as urinals. Highly recommended place to visit if anyone is in the area. After lunch was a visit to Mount Lofty Ranges Vineyards, where we participated in some wine tasting. The Old Cherry Block Sauvignon Blanc suited our palate, so we took a bottle. We then visited Pike & Joyce, ... read more
Adelaide Hills
Adelaide Hills
Adelaide Hills

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Adelaide July 5th 2018

After breakfast, we set off towards Adelaide. We were looking forward to picking up Alyssa at the airport and catching up with Linda and James. We stopped at a few places along the way to adore this beautiful country. Once in Adelaide, we endured peak hour traffic to the airport. Still, no where as busy as Sydney. We finally caught up with Alyssa and set off to see Linda and James (and Bella!).... read more
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Hallett Hill
Hallett Hill

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Clare June 30th 2018

Woke up to the ole' Good News Bad News story. Good news today we are back in the saddle, feet are itching and we are ready for that distant horizon. Bad News, it rained last night, tent fly wasn't closed properly and I have a minor lake in my tent, everything is wet wet wet!, More bad news, possums broke into my food pannier and made good work of my vegies. But I am a glass half full kind of fellow, you learn to just "go with the flow", on the road and count the many blessings, that come with ultimate freedom. We said our Cheery Byes to all our good friends we had made in Gestapo land, broke through the razor wire and made our escape, on our trusty treddlies. Just a quick stock up ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Port Augusta June 29th 2018

Day 1 - Left Melbourne at 5 am with 1,078km to drive. Nothing much in this trip although the first 200 hundred kilometers was a little scary due to fog. It was dark and foggy and the sun was still asleep so could not see much at all. Let me just say my attention level was so high I should have got a headache from concentrating too much. It was pretty funning thinking back to this morning. My wife was relaxed in the passenger seat having a catch up sleep and here I was fully awake with eyes popping out of my head with concentration to ensure I stay on the road and within site of Xavier‘s ute. I was just lucky Xavier was paving the way in front of me and all I had to ... read more




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