The Burke Development Road is an isolated section of road with nothing but properties, no campgrounds or camping, no toilets and no shops or fuel… just 560-kilometres of bulldust, corrugations and magnificent Cape York scenery.
We felt privileged to follow in the footsteps of ghosts of the past who forged their way over this rugged land… miners in search of gold, wearily wheeling their barrows full of their worldly possessions and Cameleers who trudged behind their camel teams.
The greatest part of our Aussie Outback adventure is the amazing sights along the way… so strap yourself in and come travel with us – the road ahead is packed full of suprises…
The national parks, beautiful waterholes and beaches, and a sprinkle of the unknown on this journey certainly turned it into another amazing Aussie adventure and although not quite off the beaten track as we would like, it is certainly a coastline worth exploring.
Over the next few weeks we will travel over 2,500-kilometres of tarmac along and the Pacific Coast Way, a highway that connects Coolangatta and Cairns.
The iconic east coast road trip from Sydney to Brisbane we were about to undertake, is known as the Legendary Pacific Coast, and is one of Australia’s top road trips.
Stretching 900-kilometres along the Pacific Coast, it takes in the Central Coast, Hunter, Mid North Coast and Northern Rivers, and has something for everyone around every turn… beautiful beaches, green rolling hills, beachside towns, riverside towns, wineries, historic sites and hinterland.
A fresh ocean breeze, the golden warmth of the sun, the soothing sound of the waves breaking against the shore… it’s no wonder us Aussies love the beach so much!
East of Broken Hill as the land flattened out, the straight stretch of road seemed longer, and the sun seemed to beat down more fiercely.
There is nothing more beautiful than a sunset over the dusty vastness of the flat, treeless plains that seem to stretch on forever.
It felt like we were on the edge of the world as we drank a toast to the setting sun!
The vibrant colours that changed with the light, the natural amphitheatre of Wilpena Pound, the rocky mountain ranges, craggy outcrops and ancient cliffs are all part of this majestic Flinders Ranges National Park, or ‘Ikara’ as it is known to the Adnyamathanha people, the traditional owners of this land – ‘Ikara’ meaning ‘Meeting Place’.
We travelled through some unique outback towns of South Australia and the Northern Territory as we followed the long straight Stuart Highway. Come travel with us to Coober Pedy and beyond.
Let’s embark on another unforgettable journey through the jaw-dropping landscape of the Southern Flinders Ranges to historic, sprawling outback towns, Port Augusta and back through Quorn to Hawker.
Come with us and let us take you on a journey through the small villages of the Southern Flinders Ranges of South Australia to the beautiful touristy towns of Burra and Peterborough… and other towns that time seems to have forgotten – then be amazed at the awe-inspiring scenery of the magnificent ranges as we near Hawker to explore Wilpena Pound and the Central Flinders Ranges.
Our ‘Mighty Murray Drive’ is over and we have had one amazing time.
There is certainly something special about ‘The Mighty Murray’- the beautiful ‘River Red Gums’, the friendly people, the gorgeous river towns dotted along the way, and so many amazing free river camps.
I really hope you have enjoyed our journey as much as we did…we can’t recommend this drive enough!
This blog is currently being updated… don’t go away, we will be back very soon!
The mighty and ancient Murray River has shown us her many colours and moods as we have followed her west to Echuca but our journey does not end here.
Come with us as we journey along the banks of Australia’s longest river and explore and experience its lasting beauty.
Even in drought this mighty river still has a graceful magic about it as it flows into South Australia on its path to the ocean.
This was ‘Bushranger country – an area where, in the late 1800s, infamous outlaws took shelter because of the denseness of the woodland and the difficulty for authorities to traverse the hilly terrain.
Ned Kelly had strong links to the region and Harry Powers made his hide out in the surrounding hills.
If you are looking for somewhere to visit in Victoria, the Victorian High Country is up there with the best; the 4WDing was exciting yet not too extreme, the free camping was amazing, the creeks were crystal clear, there was plenty of firewood for campfires, and there was something to see at every turn… be it a breathtaking view or an historic hut.
It was time to leave Outback Birdsville and head east, back to the white sandy beaches of the sunny Gold Coast and the beautiful surf beaches of Surfers Paradise and Coolangatta.
The next leg of our journey would take us through the little outback towns of south east Queensland – Betoota, Windorah, Quilpie, Charleville, Morven, Mitchell, Roma, Miles, Chinchilla, Dalby, Toowoomba, Warwick and lastly, Beaudesert.
The legendary Birdsville Track is a journey I thoroughly recommend and like the Oodnadatta it was an easy outback track to drive.
Check out this part of the world. The Birdsville Track was tons of fun!
Stayed tuned for more adventures as we head from the desert to the coast.