Arnhem Land Trip 2018, Day 11: Last day on the coach, and on to Seven Spirit Bay

This day was to be our last on the coach, the rest of the tour being by boat and plane. The coach has been good to us, and as comfortable as it could be, but 1400 kms or so of dirt, mostly corrugated or heavily rutted, roads, complete with water crossings, does take its toll … Read more

Arnhem Land Trip 2018, Day 9: Next stop, Mt Borradaile

For much of the trip croc spotting has been the main fascination but for today’s trip it was buffalo spotting. Unfortunately, they were surprisingly skittish for big critters, so we didn’t get good sightings and pics. It was a demanding drive, as we were on a Permit road, which took Outback Spirit three years to … Read more

Arnhem Land Trip 2018, Day 7: Next stop, Barra Lodge

And then it was on the road again, heading to Barra Lodge, near Maningrida, by way of Ramingining. In Ramingining En route to Ramingining, driver Ian told us a little about this community. Like Yirrkala, near Nhulunbuy, we were not allowed to wander around and photograph it – which is fair enough – except for … Read more

Lake Eyre Trip, Day 6: To Adelaide, or bust

Brr, or is it Grr … today we had to be up at 5:30am for 6am breakfast, as we had a 700-km drive back to Adelaide. We left Marree at 6:45am and, it being top of the day, we did see some early morning wildlife activity, including an emu family, several little groups of kangaroos, sheep … Read more

Lake Eyre Trip, Day 5: Greener than usual

Today, as planned, Group 1 made the trip back to Oodnadatta, leaving at 8.30am, while Group 2 did the flight. An aside about food We might be in the remote outback but the food, though not particularly fancy, has generally been well-cooked. The poached eggs at William Creek Hotel were properly cooked – both in … Read more