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    Central Australia Trip 2019 (Part 1)

    Greetings,

    Miss me? well I'm back and already have itchy feet.

    Start of the trip was unfortunatly delayed by over four weeks due to a death in the immediate family, hence the trip time was reduced accordingly.
    We were away for just over six weeks and travelled about 9,500km towing the Jayco Adventurer. About 3,000km of this was in 4WD and other than some major dust leaks they both performed exceptionaly. Much to my darling wifes chagrin we didn't shy away from any challenge and at one stage travelled almost 600km and saw only one person.
    Fuel economy ranged between 13.55 l/hkm to 24.04 l/hkm, trip average was 18.47 l/hkm. Happy with that as we had massive head winds and some dust storms travelling east and south. Most expensive fuel was $2:19 per litre which was a lot better than Cape York six years ago where it was $2:40.

    The map only shows the major bits of the trip as I forgot to hit record at times.

    I took about 1,900 pictures until the SD card crapped itself in Silverton, luckily I backed up each night to the laptop. Amazing how many people from Ballarat you run into on a trip. We were camped in Palm Valley and a young couple came over to say g'day to another coiple from Ballarat, the guy drives an excavator and recognised my car due to the two aerials as I've driven past his work site a couple of times. At Adels Grove I met another traveller who used to live in Ballarat and I went to school with his brother over 50 years ago. Small world.
    We also met another couple of locals and forum members at Adels, Cuppa and Mrs. Tea spent some time there on their way to the Daintree. It was good to catch up with them again.

    I've spent the last three days cleaning the van and still need to start on the car.

    OK here comes the photo dump.






    Oodnadatta Track

    Stone Man Oodnadatta Track



    Marree



    Sculpture Park



    Algebuckina Bridge



    Oodnadatta



    Kata Tjuta



    Uluru



    Kings Canyon



    Kings Canyon Helicopter Flight



    Mereenie Loop

    Hermannsburg



    Palm Valley



    Palm Valley



    Palm Valley



    Palm Valley



    Palm Valley



    Magnificent MacDonnell Ranges

    Glen Helen Gorge



    Red Bluff Gorge



    Ochre Pits



    Orminston Gorge

    To be continued:
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    Central Australia Trip 2019 (Part 2)

    Spent a couple of days in Alice Springs before heading further North.



    Flynns Grave (they've changed the rock since I was last here)



    Tropic of Capricorn



    Karlu Karlu Conservation Reserve



    Karlu Karlu Sunset



    We hit Queensland, Camooweal



    Riversleigh Fossil Site



    Crocodile Fossil



    Adels Grove

    Our campsite in the Grove



    Cuppa and I kayaked both the Lower and Upper Gorges in Lawn Hill NP

    We then did a solar powered boat trip on the Lower Gorge, wasn't game to take the camera in the kayak.













    Much as I would have loved to continue North we now start heading South



    Burke and Wills Roadhouse



    Mary Kathleen Uranium Mine



    Mary Kathleen Ghost Town



    Waddi Trees Bedourie



    Royal Hotel Bedourie
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    Central Australia Trip 2019 (Part 3)

    And we continue Southwards



    Information Bay



    No caption required

    Big shoutout to the Remote Area Nurse and the RFDS in Birdsville. My wife was very ill and they sorted her out, three days that we hadn't planned on spending here.



    Burke and Wills Tree - Birdsville Track



    Big Red overlooking the Big Red Bash site



    Big Red, yeap I got bogged and decided that was enough. (Only a couple of tourists there and no one equipped to assist if needed)



    Rainbow Serpent



    Betoota Hotel, had a quick chat with Erol and Clancy from The Betoota Advocate



    Refuel time and we hit South Australia again



    Ruins Cordillo downs



    Cordillo Downs Woolshed (only person we saw in nearly 600km was a Scottish stonemason doing repairs



    Cordillo Downs Woolshed



    Innamincka



    Burke and Wills Dig Tree



    Blue Tree- Old Strzelecki Track



    Skeleton - Old Strzelecki Track



    Cameron Corner, sign the visitors book and see my nephew was there two days before me.



    Local Dog Fence worker put us onto a short cut to Sturt National Park
    And we're into NSW



    Tibooburra - some long awaited sealed roads



    Tibooburra Aboriginal Reserve Camping Grounds



    Broken Hill



    Silverton, last picture before the SD Card crapped itself.
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    Great writeup Jack. Love the Betoota Advocate too. You should have seen the front page the day after you left! Haha
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    Great pics mate. I just came back from two weeks up in the NT. Beautiful country for sure.

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    Great write up and photos Jack, really makes me visit so many of those places again.

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    Welcome back. Thanks for posting all those beautiful pics. I just want to know if the Quolls up there taste better than ours?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plasnart View Post
    Great writeup Jack. Love the Betoota Advocate too. You should have seen the front page the day after you left! Haha
    Forget the front page, wait till the podcast comes out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mudnut View Post
    Welcome back. Thanks for posting all those beautiful pics. I just want to know if the Quolls up there taste better than ours?
    Nah, theirs are a bit drier than our local ones. But the Gulf Snapping Turtle makes a nice soup.
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