Quorn to Broken Hill

28 August 2002 The rain in Quorn turned out to be nothing more than half a dozen heavy drops in the early hours of the morning.  The drought is palpable here.  We had breakfast in the camp kitchen, and packed up our gear and headed out of the caravan park, filling our green gas bottle…

Quorn via Hawker

27 August 2002 The next morning we packed up. The girls were extremely helpful, so for the last half hour we let them play in “Rockville”.  As we crawled along the gravel road out of the national park, Clare pointed out that Ruby was crying.  The poor kiddo had an earache.  Susie and I went…

Flinders Ranges 2

26 August 2002 What a day!  I was cold last night due to an ill-made bed.  After beautiful clear days, the nights are freezing, just like Karajini.  Tonight will be truly punishing, as there was hardly a wisp of cloud in the sky during the day.  Anyway, Clare climbed into bed with Susan and I,…

Flinders Ranges 1

23 August—24 August 2002 On Friday morning we finished packing up our gear, said goodbye to Jane, and headed north out of Adelaide towards the Flinders Ranges.  I drove the first 300 Km to Port Augusta where we got some information about the National Park, refuelled and bought a bit of firewood.  We had lunch…

Around Adelaide

19 August—21 August 2002 The following morning, Susie and I went into the GPO to collect the latest batch of materials from Sydney Distance Education Primary School.  Susie and Jane then went op-shopping in the late morning. I stayed back at Jane’s place to help the kids with their schoolwork.  When the shoppers returned, I…

Adelaide

17 August—18 August 2002 We pulled into Adelaide as planned, but found ourselves once again without a detailed map of the city.  It was easy enough to find the suburb of Hilton, but we also needed to find the right street.  We rolled the dice and started traipsing the small suburb.  We asked a man…

Eyre Peninsula to Adelaide

16 August 2002 We were somewhat slow to get on the road the next morning, which was a bit slack considering the driving we had to do.  But since three of us have had heavy colds, it’s been difficult to break camp with any speed.  We eventually pulled out late morning and drove through Nundroo…

Nullarbor crossing 3

15 August 2002 We were up and on the road in a reasonable time – reasonable that is until we realised we would lose 1.5 hours daytime as we travelled east across the Nullarbor.  We drove straight on to Eucla, where we refuelled, and then drove down the scarp via a ragged gravel road to…

Nullarbor crossing 2

14 August 2002 We all slept soundly that night and slept in to 8.00 a.m.  Susie and I got up first and Susie rekindled the campfire.  Clare wanted only bread, but Ruby and Susan had toast and I made a jaffle with an egg inside of it.  This looked so good that Roo wanted one…

Nullarbor crossing 1

13 August 2002 The next morning we packed up and prepared to set out across the Nullarbor.  On the way out of Kalgoorlie we visited an op shop to satisfy Susie’s predilection, and after that we stopped at the Pioneer Cemetery.  The latter was a bit of a disappointment because the majority of the graves…

Coolgardie to Kalgoorlie

11 August—12 August 2002 It was cold overnight at Scenic View bush camp and the tent collected a load of condensation, so we had to give it time to dry out in the morning. Just as we had almost finished packing up, a bloke showed up in a short wheel-based Land Rover and told us…

A camp near Coolgardie

10 August 2002 It felt good to leave Perth and go bush again.  The wheatbelt region of Western Australia presented us with the unusual prospect of rolling green hills; but after travelling east for about 300 km, we found ourselves in the bush again.  The first sign of this was the salmon gums with their…