Happy Camper

Our beautiful Vintage Airstream, Wallabee, is going to be off the road for some time. She has some significant issues with her subframe. That means the end of our full-time Australian road trip until we can find the money and someone with the expertise to fix her. (If there’s anyone in Melbourne who knows about…

Bittersweet homecoming

I haven’t posted anything for a couple of months because I’ve been feeling really disappointed that we quit our road trip around Australia so early. One of the main reasons was because Wallabee was sick – she’s having major chassis issues and at the time we didn’t have a clue what was wrong. Things were…

35/52: The Devils Marbles

“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013.” Juju: Rock collecting.  Mowgli and Coco: Full of beans and up to no good.    North of Alice Springs, the highway passes close to The Devils Marbles, a famous rock formation that’s right up there with Uluru. The local Warumungu Aboriginals call them Karlu…

Oarsome Alice Springs

As luck would have it, we arrived in Alice Springs just in time for the town’s famous sailing and rowing regatta – the Henley-on-Todd. It’s the world’s only dry boat race – held on the Todd river bed. What began as a piss take (satire) in the 1960s of the famous Henley-on-Thames race between Cambridge…

34/52: Peacock Digs

 “A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013.” Coco: Digging in socks… The twins have been wearing odd socks for months – usually their sister’s pink hand-me-downs. I really need to buy some new ones. Juju: I’m not sure why she put a bucket on her head. But it kept her…

32/52: Outback Roadhouse

“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013.” Juju: Rock collecting beside the Sturt Desert Peas Mowgli and Coco: Lego buddies    As we cruised along the Stuart Highway through the centre of Australia, outback roadhouses were our oases of food, fuel and accommodation. The distances between them are several hundred…

33/52: Camels at Uluru

“A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2013.” Mowgli: With Coober, named after Cooberpedy. Juju: She named her camel Princess Aurora, of course. Coco: He wouldn’t stop feeding dirt to his camel, Hercules. We couldn’t resist a short camel ride at The Red Centre, the only paid tourist thing we’ve done…

Snapshots from Uluru

When we visited Australia’s Red Centre, the Optus phone tower had just been fire bombed. Alas I couldn’t post any photographs of Uluru (as known by its traditional owners, the Anangu.) In all honesty, trying to watch the sunset with our kids was hell, hence no family shots. But it was worth it. We are so…

Mars Landing

We’re long gone from the dust bowl of Coober Pedy, considered to be the Opal Capital of the World. But although we crossed the South Australian border more than three weeks ago, this is one Outback town that’s impossible to forget. Of all the places I’ve ever been, there’s nowhere quite like it. For me,…

More Dirt and tortured gumtrees

We’re still cleaning dirt from inside our Airstream after a dusty ride from Pooncarie to Menindee, a small town in outback NSW famous for its lakes full of dead gum trees. A grey nomad outside the service station swore the road was smooth enough for his wife to sand her nails as they drove. I’m…