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Oct 1, 2017 - To the airport...

Good flight yesterday. Got a bit stressed though. We all got the the airport and I was the first to check in. The employee says my flight was cancelled! I was in shock! The manager had to call the office and get it straightened out. After about 10 minutes, I was handed my boarding pass... with exit row! Enjoyed a beer with Portia before our flight and headed off.

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Oct 1, 2017 - Cairns

Today we met some of the new folk joining us to Sydney. More girls, just me and janpaul for guys. Scheduled a bungee swing for the early afternoon. Got picked up about 11am and headed up to the mountains. Signed my life away and got the harness and strapped in. Guy gave me a briefing... I'll get pulled backwards to 45m high. Watch for the red light to change green, then pull the release cord on my own when I'm ready, and ill swing. So I'm up at the top... enjoying the view, I get the green light, I pull the release... the guy didn't tell me...

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Sep 24, 2017 - My birthday

Hitting the road to Alice Springs this morning. We all agreed to get up a bit earlier to watch the sunrise out in the outback. Amazing! Stopped at that border between South Australia and the Northern Territory. Took some group photos... but our buses a.c. broke. Hotter than hell, seriously, inside that bus. The temp outside is 36 Celsius (97F) and inside was hotter. We stopped again at the Alice Springs town welcome sign and with both signs we were so happy to get out of the bus, and into the cooler outside air temp. After about 6 hrs with...

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Jun 4, 2017 - Central Australia

1 June - Central Australia Another windy, blustery night and very cool this morning, difficult to get used to and only two days ago we were enjoying 34degrees. First hot shower for ages, it was very welcome. Bright sunny day, but the wind is keeping the temperature down. It only got up to 22 degrees today. We headed south again, a long drive through miles and miles of open bush. Trees were there was water, but otherwise just low scrub and grass, all turned golden. No burning here. We did stop at the Devils Marbles or Karlu Karlu. A strange...

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Oz and the Big Lap

May 28, 2017 - Restocking

Well, we have made it all the way along the Oodnadatta Track and The Finke track into Alice Springs. We have seen some lovely and quirky things along the way, Lake Eyre was a highlight, both from the South Lake and then the North Lake We have come across quite a few Dingo and Emu and Kangaroo on our travels, along with the odd Fox. The sunset and sunrise are to die for at times, stars seem to come down close enough to be able to touch. We have been lucky enough that the Milky Way was at its best during our week up there and with no moon it...

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Apr 22, 2017 - A Town Called Alice.........

KMS to date - 2,000 The last week has seen us cycle the minor detour of 300 KMS to Uluru (Ayers Rock), then continuing up the Stuart Highway to the iconic town of Alice Springs. Brent and Ellen decided they have not had enough exercise, so took the bus to Alice from Uluru and did a small side trip through the west MacDonnell range of 400 KMS in 3 days. The MacDonnell range have a lush and diverse flora which is quite a change from the arid environment we have been riding through. In the meantime, Ian continued the 200 KM uphill and into the...

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Jul 24, 2016 - A handful of stones; and a postscript

I gave myself an easy day with less than 300k to drive to a nowhere much place a bit south of the NT border; it’d put me in a day’s driving range of Uluru. Before I headed out, I had a cook-up in my motel room (brussel sprouts and cauliflower rice – vegetables!!) and then spent the morning wandering around Coober Pedy, a seriously strange place I reckon with its underground churches and mines and motels, above ground bars, mining mounds and tonnes of truck and car debris. But opals and their unceasing interplay with light are wonderful. A...

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KW Darwin and beyond

Jul 8, 2016 - Alice Springs

Up the Centre 8.7.16 Alice Springs Got up early and washed the sheets and towels. Although lots of washing machines, there was a lineup waiting when each machine was emptied, so glad I started early. Then we went to the National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame. We found this really interesting and worth the visit. The most interesting was the old ' Women's Prison ', and how the wife of the superintendent was expected to care for the women. She had the inmates doing their own cooking, sewing their own uniforms with light coloured material,...

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Jul 6, 2016 - MacDonnell Range to Alice Springs

Up the Centre 6.7.16 West MacDonnell Range to Alice Springs 92km Just a short drive, stopped at a rest area for a while as too early to go to caravan park. This rest area has the ashes, and the story of Rev John Flynn of the inland. He brought communication to the outback, and also started The Flying Doctors Service. Guess you knew that already. Settled into MacDonnell Range Park. It's a big 4 and is a very large park, almost 400 sites and all the entertainment you could want for children. Amenities very good also. In their brochure they...

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Jun 24, 2016 - Kings Canyon, Alice Springs and Mataranka

At kings canyon there were lots of hiding places and steeeep drops. went back down to the Garden of Eden were there is water falls, plants, lots of sunshine and not really but sometimes wallabies. After that walk we had a big rest at the campsite. Befor we went to bed we saw dingos everywhere and we played a game of Star wars Uno and i came second but my dad came first. After  that we had a big sleep in. We had a grate time here in kings canyon because we are leaving to go to Alice Springs. On the way to Alice Springs we saw a massive hill...

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Jun 19, 2016 - Sunday the 19th Monday 20th June Alice Springs

We drove into Alice Springs, stopping in at Bunnings to buy a few things then off to find a place to camp which we did, there was a large camping area out near the airport to camp for the night, it was a really cold night. Monday we stopped into a camping shop to buy a new water pump for sink. Filled up our water tanks did a bit of shopping then hit the road again. We drove till it was nearly dark and found a free camp Owens Creek turn off, it was a large gravel pit off the road and we were the only ones there. Couldn't believe it there...

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2016 holiday

Apr 27, 2016 - Kings Canyon to Alice Springs - April 25 to April 27

Monday April 25 to Wednesday April 27 Kings Canyon to Alice Springs Monday Lest We Forget - no communication so only our private thoughts to commemorate. The drive to Alice was again over some territory we’d already covered and much of it was flat with sparse vegetation. Stopped at Ebenezar Roadhouse to re-fuel and have morning tea and were surprised at how big it was. The rest areas here are all rather large and many of them have toilets, so it is a change from SA and Victoria. We had thought we might free camp outside of Alice Springs,...

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Tardis Travels 2016

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