As we drove out of Alice Springs we had that ‘end of holiday’ feeling even though we still had 3,000km to travel over a variety of outback roads before we would pull onto the driveway at home.
Starting point for my foray across the atomic roads network built by the Gunbarrel Road Construction Party was the South Australian coastal town of Ceduna, roughly 2,500km from home.
I allowed myself four days for the trip that would take in some great Australian outback areas including the Darling River run, across the western NSW mining area of Broken Hill and across the scenic Eyre Peninsular.
We continue making our way through South Australia’s outback to reach starting point of our long planned Simpson Desert crossing – passing from Arkaroola to Farina, Coober Pedy, Oodnadatta and Mt Dare.
After weeks of wet and windy weather we were keen to get out of the house, so as soon as the sun broke through we escaped for an overnight camp. We chose to check out Tiz Tam Fam, a private nature reserve that we found on Hipcamp, tucked in behind the D’Aguilar National Park in the Brisbane River Valley.
Our road trip to the Victorian High Country continues, with next leg of the odyssey covering the spectacular Great Ocean Road (GOR) where waves of the Southern Ocean pound into towering cliffs along Victoria’s coastline.
Belbrooke Farm is a Hipcamp listed property and a working cattle station. They even have their own beef brand with meat from cattle reared on the farm that you can buy at the farmhouse. The six camp sites are well spaced and vary from sites surrounded by gum forest to a ridgeline site with open views across the stretch of river linking Somerset and Wivenhoe lakes. On this trip we were back at Old Cattle Camp, a site with plenty of trees through which you can see the snaking river and distant hills forming its valley.
We were soon out of Brisbane’s Friday afternoon traffic and headed up the Brisbane Valley Highway toward a setting sun. A quick visit to the farmhouse saw us signed in then we trundled through the property to the Old Cattle Camp site. Josh had his Kimberley Kamper in tow and began to set up the base camp while Callum and I were in swags, so given we were unpacked the quickest Callum and I set about collecting firewood to fend off the evening chill that was already sneaking in.