Archive for February, 2008

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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Monday, February 18th, 2008

The Rock

Today we are heading to Ayers Rock. It is only about 300km and all bitumen so it should be fairly easy going. After a quick refueling stop at Kings Creek (again a hefty $1.95/litre) we continued along the road. It wasn’t long before we saw 3 camels in the same area we saw them last [...]

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Sunday, February 17th, 2008

What Camel!

Given that it is too damn hot for us to do the Rim walk around the canyon today we decided to go for a bit of 4WDing. We stopped in at the Mobil service station at the KC resort to pick up some fuel (ridiculously priced at $1.95/litre) and purchase our Mereenie Tour Pass for [...]

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Saturday, February 16th, 2008

C..o..R..r..U..g..A..t..E..d

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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