Travel Australia

Pilbara Snaps

The camera’s been getting a good work out recently up here in Karratha. Here’s some of my favourite recent spots.  


Full moon blood moon

Taken from Cossack’s Settler’s Beach on the 4th of April. It was a full moon, lunar eclipse. It was also a low tide and here the tides go out for miles. In this photo you can see the eclipse just beginning to come in from the right side. By 8.30pm the moon had turned blood […]


Abandoned

The Pilbara is well known for its mining boom but sometimes boom goes bust and you’re left with big holes in the ground and a collection of rusting machinery. Personally, I love poking around these abandoned mines whether they last operated 100 or 10 years ago. There’s something strangely mind boggling about standing in empty […]


Exploring Pilbara ruins

There’s nothing I enjoy more than poking around the ruins past generations have left behind in remote parts of the bush. Today we, unexpectedly, stumbled across some old station ruins at Mardeburra Pool near Millstream National Park in the Pilbara. We suspect these ones are over 100 years old but I haven’t been able to […]


Pilbara Art

I love the random things you can find in the middle of nowhere in Australia. Today we were exploring some back roads in the Pilbara and discovered this burnt out Paj with some rather fine art work painted all over it. Not your average abandoned car.  


Crook in Cook

While travelling from South Australia to Western Australia along the Old Eyre Highway we took the opportunity to have a look at Cook, a sort-of-ghost-town, which sits on the Transcontinental Railway line. It used to be home to nearly 500 people who all worked in some capacity on the railway and therefore had a school, […]


Not Nullar-boring

The next time someone tells you they hate crossing the Nullarbor because it’s ‘Nullarboring‘ ask them a very simple question: Did you travel along the Old Eyre Highway? Most likely they’ll say no. The Old Eyre Highway is a surprisingly well kept secret, despite the fact it runs parallel to the bitumen main Eyre Highway […]


Wide Open Spaces

Love this shot I took on the Old Eyre Highway across the Nullabor. There’s nothing better than hitting the tracks in remote country!


Telstra Donkeys

I was in Silverton near Broken Hill recently. Unusually for this hot desert country it was pouring rain. These donkeys were hanging out by the Telstra phone box looking a bit miserable in the rain.


Bulldust

Bulldust holes are something we’ve regularly encountered on outback roads and, although sometimes dangerous, they make for great photo opportunities. I took this series up near Weipa on Cape York. It’s called bulldust as these soft patches on an otherwise hard gravel road resemble the loose soil trampled by cattle in stockyards. Of courses taking […]


Up the Telegraph Track

Cape York’s Old Telegraph Track is one of those legendary, must-do 4WD tracks and was top of our bucket list for our Australian lap. Between 1885 and 1962 this was the route of the telegraph line and the only means of communication for those living on the remote cape peninsula. It has basically never been […]


Cape Upstart

In 1770 Captain Cook made his way along the north eastern coast of Australia naming landmarks as he went. One of these bays south of the modern-day locale of Townsville (Queensland) he called Cape Upstart, “because being surrounded with low land it starts or rises up singley at the first making of it …. Inland […]


Paradise??

Mission Beach in Far North Queensland……need I say more? See you there once you quit your jobs 😉


Bogged

While driving up the remote Bore Track near Innamincka we were commenting on how soft the sand was and debating on whether to lower tyre pressures when we rounded a corner and stumbled across the gentleman below. He was well and truly bogged in a very heavy truck. He hadn’t seen anyone for a couple […]


Following Sturt

Explorer’s Diaries have greatly influenced my love of travelling Australia over the years. A waterhole, hill or ridge-line takes on a whole new meaning when you know who gave it its European name and a bit of detail about the calamities or heroism that occurred at various locations. Recently we’ve been following Charles Sturt’s trail […]


Simpson Desert: 2 yrs on

In 2012 we did a trip across the Simpson Desert and up the Hay River Track. 2012 was the year of big rains and big floods which rolled down from the north and created lakes in this usually dry desert. The first section of that trip was out from Birdsville and we had to take […]


Cacophony of Cockatoos

If you’ve ever been in the vicinity of a couple of hundred cockatoos chattering in a tree you’ll know just how LOUD these birds can be, especially amidst the silence of the bush. We were camped next to this lot at Diamantina Lakes, QLD. They were very loud but it was quite entertaining to scare […]


Shearing Shed

As a travelling photographer I spend most of my time going ‘ooo ah, check out the light over there’ and the rest of my time cursing the harsh outback light that makes it almost impossible to take any good photos during the day. But take heed – one place in Australia you are absolutely assured […]


Why we do what we do

Photos like this sum up why we own a four wheel drive and go to the places that we go. How much would you like to be sitting here, by Cuttaburra Creek, NSW under a shady tree. The only downside was that there didn’t appear to be any fish in the river…or maybe we aren’t […]


Camels and Rabbit Traps

Its not often that the phrases ‘outback cattle station’ and ‘thermal outdoor spa’ get used in the same sentence. In fact it’s even more strange to throw antique rabbit traps, camels, goats and sheep into the equation. But that’s the Australian outback for you – full of completely unexpected gems and the characters that came […]


Emu chicks

I managed to snap these cute little emu chicks on the road in outback Queensland. Emu chicks are raised by their fathers who are extremely aggressive to anyone who dares to come too close. This shot was taken from the safety of the car.


Golf…desert-style

Travelling with a golf fanatic can be a bit of challenge, especially as we had no room for the golf clubs anywhere in our trailer. Every time we drive through a town and perfectly manicured, glorious green fairways are spotted an air of sadness descends in the Pajero….’I really miss golf’, ‘look how amazing that […]


Outback V-Dub Beetle

You’ve got to love the random car wrecks that you can find abandoned along the tracks. This one was on the Noccundra Road in Western Queensland. Its a strange car to find in the middle of one of the remotest parts of Australia in sand-dune country. Why did it end up here I wonder!? Maybe […]


Flight of the Eagle

There’s nothing more ‘outback’ than the sight of a Wedge-tailed eagle gliding through the brilliant blue skies. We were oh so lucky to stumble upon five wedgies gorging on a dingo carcass about 100m from the side of the track in Western Queensland. These birds are notoriously difficult to photograph but I hopped from the […]