On the last trip The Doc and his friend Tony travelled around outback NSW, Queensland and South Australia. Places like the Warrumbungles, Broken Hill, Marree, the ochre pits at Lyndhurst, ruins at Farina, Arkaroola Wildness Sanctuary, Innamincka, Brachina Gorge in the Flinders Ranges, Epsilon in outback Queensland, Cameron’s Corner, Tibooburra, Menindee Lakes and lots of others.
Characters like Talc Alf, roadtrains and huge coal carrying locomotives, the odd emu and even some water in this parched part of Australia.
A collection of photos from that trip.
The Doc’s explorer photos on Panoramio have just passed 6 million views. Click here. As Google is phasing out Panoramio this maybe the last major milestone.
Panoramio is where the photos in Google Earth and Google Maps come from.
The Doc is back home after a recent road trip with a friend across outback New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland. All up over 6,000 kilometres.
A new record on this trip, the most number of people talking about AWC . It seemed everywhere we went someone knew AWC or was keen to learn. At least a dozen people in about 2 weeks.
Since returning The Doc has been scanning AWC slides from years past. The scanning is complete but some post processing and indexing remains to be done. The quality of the slides does vary, but there are some great shots of animals like bilbies, woylies and boobies. Sorry no pictures are they are copyright. But the AWC website has a lot of great photos now.
On the trip The Doc also tested a new trailer, which has an issue or two that needs to be sorted. The car needs a service, some new tyres and some work done.
The Doc hopes to take a few trips closer to Sydney over the next few weeks. He is also booking some trips next year to Tasmania, The Kimberley and Cape York.
Lastly, a picture from Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary in the Flinders Ranges, a place we visited. Click on the picture to see a bigger version.
A map of the last road trip. The course is marked in blue.
The Doc has written some location guides and has deicided to post them to the blog. Here is the first one covering Sugarloaf Point (Seal Rocks) NSW. Guide is here.
Took a flight over Lake Frome and Arkaroola. Map of flight below.
Back in the Flinders Ranges on the new road trip. Currently at Copley, next stop Arkaroola.
Just saw the coal train from Leigh Creek mine to the Power Station at Port Augusta. It travels once a day and is a mere 10,000 tonnes, powered by 3 locomotives.
Just returned from a Cape York Trip visiting the AWC Sanctuary called Piccaninny Plains. Piccaninny Plains is the name of the pastoral lease if you were wondering. Report and photos here.
Back home preparing for a new road trip next week with a friend.
The Patrol needs to be serviced and the new Stockman Extreme Offroada trailer needs to have a battery system and fridge fitted. Then we are off.
Also going though the Piccaninny Plains photos. Hope to post a report this week. Privileged to see the Palm Cockatoo, spotted cuscus, crocodiles, frogs and other wildlife.
A couple of hours flying over the property in a helicopter was great.
Some excitement at the end of the Cape York trip today.
As we landed at Cairns Airport we saw emergency vehicles. We thought they were training, until they followed our Beechcraft Kingair 200 to the hangar.
It turns out the plane had a minor throttle issue and a full emergency was called. 2 fire renders, an emergency vehicle and 2 airport trucks.