Category: Trip Report

Exploring Outback Queensland

Back in September, we spent three weeks touring around Outback Queensland – from Birdsville up to Julia Creek, and nearly everywhere in between. Since then, time has got away from us a little, so we’re playing catch-up with our blog posts on here. Back at Birdsville After staying with Julie near Mitchell, Queensland, we continued to head west. We revisited one of our favourite camps from our last trip west – when we went across the Simpson Desert – on the banks of the Cooper Creek at Windorah. The Windorah to Birdsville leg always catches us a bit by surprise...

Life among the Mulga

We’re off on another trip, heading west – chasing big sky country and red dirt. Our first stop was catching up with Trinity’s friend Julie, on her 70,000 acre property south of Mitchell, QLD. Her family run 3,500 merino sheep and 150 head of cattle on mulga country. Trinity and Julie have been best mates since they met back in Vet School, and any excuse to make the 8-hour drive out for a visit is a welcome one.     Dealing with the drought Life out there is tough right now. They’ve been dealing with drought for years. Julie told...

A spontaneous weekender: Thallon & Nindigully

You know those weeks where it all just feels a bit too much? You’ve been putting in the overtime, there’s work that needs to be done on the house, the lawn’s looking a little long… Hands up who else has been feeling a bit like that recently? Losing Trinity’s father a few years ago was the wake up call we both needed to realise that life doesn’t wait for anyone. All we have is the here and now. While our careers and our home are important to us, so is the down-time we get to spend together.   We both...

Is this the Sunshine Coast’s best Dog Beach?

In desperate need of a break after an emotionally draining few weeks, we packed our bags and headed off to the Sunshine Coast for the Australia Day weekend. We were in search of a dog beach, op shops (we’re avid bargain hunters), good food, and some much needed R&R. Well, Sunny Coast, you certainly did deliver!   Where we stayed We booked ourself another Airbnb for the weekend – a fantastic dog-friendly spot in Palmwoods called Winston Cottage. If you’re new to Airbnb and book a stay via the link in this post you’ll receive $55 in credit towards your...

Wave Hill Station Farm Stay

Keen to kick 2018 off with a bang, we booked a weekend away at Wave Hill Station near Grafton in early January. We found the farm stay via Airbnb. Keen to stay in a cabin rather than the tent to avoid the sweltering summer heat, their cute Dingo Cottage looked like just the place we were after!     If you’re looking for a unique place to stay, we definitely recommend checking out Airbnb. We’ve stayed at a wide range of Airbnb’s all over the country – a huge open-plan studio that used to be a wine tasting room in...

Outback New South Wales

The final leg of our recent trip was through Outback New South Wales. After driving across the Simpson Desert, exploring the Oodnadatta Track, and taking a look around Innamincka, we welcomed a change of pace. For years I’d been fascinated from afar by towns such as Broken Hill and Bourke and was keen to see them for myself.   Entering Outback New South Wales After leaving Cameron Corner we headed towards Tibooburra. Keen for a pub meal on a rather chilly night, we decided against camping in the surrounding National Park and headed into town. After being unsuccessful finding accomodation...

Exploring near Innamincka

After exploring the Oodnadatta Track for a few days, we were looking for a change – less ruins, more natural beauty. While we’d enjoyed exploring the ruins and Old Ghan Railway artefacts, there comes a point where all the sidings and villages of rubble start to look the same.  We’d heard great things about Innamincka and had already spent a night on the Cooper Creek at Windorah, so we were keen to see what the area had to offer.   Getting to Innamincka We left the Oodnadatta track at Marree, heading south along The Outback Highway. Just south of Marree...

Driving the Oodnadatta Track

After crossing the Simpson Desert off our bucket list, we were geared up and ready for the next part of our adventure – the Oodnadatta Track. The Oodnadatta Track is 620km running from Marla to Marree in South Australia. We picked up the track south of Dalhousie Springs, roughly 15km north of Oodnadatta, at the turn-off to Marla. Unlike the roads around Mt. Dare and Dalhousie Springs, the Oodnadatta track is in much better shape and more regularly maintained. It was such a welcome break from sharp rocky roads and corrugations! As the track roughly follows the Old Ghan Railway...

Crossing the Simpson Desert: Our Experience

Driving across the Simpson Desert is a bucket-list trip for any keen 4-wheel-drive owner. It’s been on the cards for us since we did our trip to Cape York roughly 12 months ago. Around Christmas time we decided we’d make it happen this year. We spent our spare time for the next 6 months getting the car ready, planning our camp and car storage set-ups, and investigating all we needed to know about the Desert. I can now say with certainty that it’s been worth it! We had a fantastic time, and the Simpson will go down in the memory...

Cape York Day 16-18

Cooktown is a sweet little town. We explored the sights the morning after we camped there, checking out the Grassy Hill lookout and the Captain Cook statue. We stopped off at Bloomfield Falls, the first of the waterfalls we explored in the region. They are magnificent! Out of the waterfalls we visited it had the most impressive flow of water. We followed the coastal road stopping in at iconic sites along the way. It is a very windy road but in pretty good condition. There unfortunately is very little opportunity to pass slow vehicles, though, so you will need a...