his incredible Gulf country continued to surprise us and Gregory was no exception. It is an amazing place of dry, dusty, cracked earth devoid of water and food for the many creatures that live off this land… but when we descended into the rocky river bed of the Gregory River there was nothing but a tropical oasis of Pandanus and River Gums.
Please don’t go away…
We have been in some of the most beautiful parts of Australia, harsh and full of surprises and it has been just one epic adventure after another.
There are so many incredible stories to come over the next couple of months… but we have just been so busy enjoying ourselves I have unfortunatley neglected my blogs!
As evening fell everything quietened down and a chilly breeze rose causing us to huddled around the comforting warmth of our blazing campfire then as the nocturnal fauna slowly awakened, we snuggled down in our rooftop tent with our dog-eared books to read and listen to the soothing sound of the waterfall and dream away the night under a sky full of stars.
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!
Nyngan, Bourke, Barringun Roadhouse, Cunnamulla, Wayandra, Charleville, Augathella, Tambo, Blackall, Barcaldine, Longreach, Winton, Cloncurry, Mount Isa, Cloncurry, Burke & Wills
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.
We will remember them… They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary
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!