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Friday, February 22nd, 2008

Stained Red

In Whyalla today we spent some time soaking in the details of Hummock Hill where in February 1942 the 26th Heavy Anti Aircraft Battery installed four 3.7 inch AA guns. The majority of steel produced in Australia during World War Two was made from ore mined at Iron Knob nearby and Australia’s defense capacity depended [...]

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Thursday, February 21st, 2008

Strike it rich

This morning we took a look around Coober Pedy, and visited the ‘Old Timers Mine’ which contained a hand dug mine, museum and typical underground house. Mining with pick and shovel in these hard grounds sounds like too much back breaking work for me. One things for sure, there is no grass in Coober, just [...]

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Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

Covering some miles

This morning we took the van for its photo shoot with the Uluru backdrop before making tracks down the Stuart Hwy back into South Australia. We made it all the way to Coober Pedy today, but after discovering our selected campsite just out of town was down a heavily corrugated dirt road we found ourselves [...]

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Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

Closed Rock

Today we clambered out of bed well before the sun was even thinking about rising with intentions to climb Uluru. While the traditional owners request that you do not climb the rock as it is disrespectful, I had plans to climb and respect – I can see their point of view when you see all [...]

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Saturday, February 16th, 2008


Leaving Alice Springs today we headed to Kings Canyon. Rather than following the bitumen all the way we chose to take the 100km short cut over Ernest Giles Road, a dirt road that would save us about 140km. We of course ignored the ‘Caravans Not Recommended’ signage.The first 70km of the road was fine and [...]

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Friday, February 15th, 2008

Oh the pain

Well today I took stock of how much pain we had inflicted on the van over the last week of gravel roads. a split plumbing fitting for the shower hot water numerous rock dents on the caravans front paneling some heavily rock bashed checker plate trim two front windows that refused to stay locked shut [...]

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Thursday, February 14th, 2008

Onto the Alice

Today we pushed onto Alice, nothing really notable, just cover the miles and checked into the only pet friendly caravan park in town. It is nice to be back onto the black top again. Here we plan some stationary time, a bit of a holiday from the holiday so to speak.

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Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

Giant Ant Mounds

Dropping in at the visitors center this morning suggested that the planned route to Alice Springs via the Donohue/Plenty Hwy would take some time due to poor road conditions and ‘high clearance 4wd only’ signage. Along the highway we came across a huge ant mound, while there where many large ant mounds scattered around the [...]

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Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

Found Little… Buts where is Big?

Unhitching the van at the old windmill we headed into Birdsville for fuel and in hunt of Big Red – the legendary huge sand dune featured on every 4WD magazine at some stage. Some quick directions from the friendly local store and we headed out of town.  “Head out of town, you will come across [...]

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Monday, February 11th, 2008

Birdsville or bust

This morning I woke in a state of panic… on the roof I could hear what sounded like rain… the skies were clear last night surely this cannot be rain. After trying to kick start my brain into a functional capacity and listening carefully, I confirmed it was indeed rain, very scattered, very spasmodic but [...]

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