Birds, Ballads and Billabongs: Australia’s Wild West!

En Route to Marlgu Billabong, via Wyndham, Western Australia

It’s hardly surprising, given the lyrics of Aussie folk ballad Waltzing Matilda* are responsible for most people’s entire knowledge of billabongs**, that to visit a real one raises certain expectations. So the unexpected dearth of swagmen, coolibah trees, jolly jumbucks and troopers at the Marlgu Billabong, oasis in the Kimberley west of Kununurra, was a staggering disappointment. BUT … at

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1000 Words About … Pedestrians Crossing!

Tunnel Creek Crossing, Western Australia

The advantages of long legs were immediately apparent as we entered the enclosing darkness of the Tunnel Creek cave system east of Derby – and stepped into the thigh high cold water. Sparing a thought for legendary Indigenous leader and activist Jandamarra, who used these remote caves in the depths of the Western Australian Kimberley region along the infamous Gibb River

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Red & Pilchard’s Ultimate All-Australian Travelling Café

The Ultimate All-Australian Travelling Cafe sets up at Dales Gorge Campground, Karijini National Park, Western Australia

It doesn’t matter where we are. Or how far we’ve travelled. Or how hot it is. Or cold. Or what time of day. Whether it’s time for a snack, a meal, a nightcap, morning tea or midnight feast. We can always drop in to Red & Pilchard’s Ultimate All-Australian Travelling Café! Because it’s ALWAYS open. For us … … and

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7 Days … from Adelaide to Darwin!

Mindil Beach Sunset, Darwin (pic by Pilchard)

Does it REALLY take 7 days to drive the ~3000 km from Adelaide to Darwin? Only if you want to see a few sights along the way on a REAL adventure! Driving yourself is the best option (try Car hire if your vehicle isn’t up to scratch) to experience a cross-section of Australia’s unique countryside from the dry south, through the Red

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The 5-Experiences-in-24-hours Victoria River Roadhouse Action Plan!

Victoria River Escarpment, Northern Territory

I don’t know what made us decide to stay overnight at the Victoria River Roadhouse as we pulled in for fuel, late on a Northern Territory July morning. Perhaps we took the Grey Nomad’s experimental driving technique involving an inexpertly executed U-turn directly in front of us without warning as a sign to stay off the roads that day.  

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At the 2231 Kilometre Mark Across Australia!

 Half Way Across Australia – or is it??!!  Kimba, South Australia The 4000 km drive across Australia* is such a LOOOONG way even getting halfway is an achievement. The small town of Kimba, deep in the South Australian Outback on the Eyre Peninsula, leaves Cross-Australia travellers in no doubt that they’ve reached this significant milestone. If you don’t feel

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Wind, Water and the Lost Art of Whale-Sexing!

Whale with calf at Head of Bight, Nullarbor Plain, South Australia

The dry, dusty and unseasonally hot wind that had kept our fuel consumption at an all time high swept us out of the car, whistled around our ankles and bent us double until anchored by our lunch bag we landed in the shelter shed. With any luck, being behind the windbreak would stop our sandwiches filling with sand. Despite the

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