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Roaming the Outback

Day 249 – Alice Springs

Alice Springs

Arriving in Alice Springs I check wikicamps and discover the Road Transport Hall of Fame. A modest entry fee of around $15 will give you access to a very impressive collection of cars, trucks, busses and industrial equipment. There were even a few Land Rovers for me to enjoy. Many of the early vehicles have been fully restored and are …

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Day 247 – West MacDonnell National Park

west macdonnell

Namatjira Drive guided me along the West MacDonnell Ranges. The road has many turnoffs to admire sections of the park with plenty of gorges, chasms and waterholes to admire. The house of Albert Namatjira was just outside Hermannsburg. A simple rough rock 2 room construction that Albert built himself. Albert was a world famous Aboriginal artist known for his landscape …

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Day 244 – Finke Gorge National Park

finke gorge

Some very special palms at Finke Gorge Finke Gorge national park is home to a unique species of palm which occurs nowhere else on earth. Its nearest relative is 1000 kilometres away at Lawn Hill in Queensland. How the Red Cabbage palm ended up in the desert centre of Australia is still a mystery. I originally was planning on doing …

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Day 242 – Kings Canyon – Watarrka National Park

kings canyon

Leaving Uluru I take the turnoff and head north on to Luritja Road towards Kings Canyon. Watarrka national park is the home to the stunning Kings Canyon, and where the private resort and campgrounds are located. Along the way I stop in to Kathleen Springs, a source of permanent water and abundant with birdlife. After a day of rest at …

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Day 238- Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park – Ayers Rock

uluru

Crossing the border for the first time into the Northern Territory felt great. Uluru previously known as Ayers Rock was only a short drive away. Turning west off the Stuart highway onto Lasseter highway, Mount Connor was the first site of interest. At first glimpse from the road I thought it was Uluru as I wasn’t aware there were any …

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Day 230 – Coober Pedy

coober pedy

Coober Pedy – Opal Capital of the World Coober Pedy is the Opal capital of the world, producing 95% of the worlds commercial supply of opal. From a distance vast mounds of waste sandstone dumps are strewn across the surface from 100 years of mining. All the underground area is sandstone, a result of the vast inland ocean that once …

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Day 228 – Lake Eyre

lake eyre

Lake Eyre – Australia’s largest lake or largest saltpan Turning off the Oodnadatta track I head towards Lake Eyre north to the Halligan Bay campground. Lake Eyre occurs in Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre national park and is the largest lake in Australia and also the lowest point at 15 meters below sea level. It has only filled up 3 times in …

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Day 227 – Oodnadatta Track

Oodnadatta Track

Oodnadatta Track – Dust, Mound Springs and the Old Ghan Leaving Olympic Dam the signage gives me the all clear to take Borefield Rd, which eventually spits me out on the Oodnadatta track. I spotted one of the local lizards sunning on the road so was eager to pull up and say g’day. He loved showing me his big blue …

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Day 224 – Lake Hart & Woomera

woomera

Woomera – Rocket capital of Australia After a wonderful 4 days on the Googs track I get on the Stuart highway and head towards Woomera. Along the way I stopped in to Lake Hart which is a large salt lake. It is the first salt lake I’ve seen which was made of salt. The base of the lake was made …

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Day 220 – Googs Track

googs track

Googs Track – 363 Dunes to Cross Waking early at 6am in Ceduna I get my gear packed ready to tackle the Googs Track. The Googs is a great little 4wd sand track with 363 dune crossings ahead of me on a 120km track. It is known as a mini Simpson Desert. The turnoff from the highway was not signposted …

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