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G'day...........

(Wednesday 18 January 2012) by Karen O'Shea
Perth to Adelaide

Well I finally made it back to Australia…took 13 years but I knew as ARNIE said “I’ll be back!”:-)

I have spent the last 9 days camping with a tour group of 11 people. When I say camping I use the word loosely infact there were no camps, we slept in swags which are like big sleeping bags with a mattress. You hop into your own sleeping bag and than wrestle your way into the swag, get comfy, zip it all up and then realize you have to go to the loo and do it all over again.:-)

Actually after about night number 3 they got comfortable and I didn’t really spend too much time thinking what wildlife might crawl in…or maybe I just got tired…;-);-)

The last time I was in oz I travelled the east coast so this time I wanted to try different parts. The tour went from Perth to Adelaide. I know the country is big but whow it really is massive. You could actually drive for miles without meeting another car.
Australias longest straight road
Australias longest straight road


Even though some of the places we visited are remote the roads were fairly good. The flying doctors use some of the roads as a runway in the remote areas. Some of the farms we bypassed had their letter boxes at their gates as there farm could be another few miles down their avenue. (would be a bit of a trek for our con...):-)

We crossed the Nullabor plain which is just vast. Flat land with no trees, nothing much growing out there, but it was still beautiful. What really stood out for me was the skies, the cloud formations were really beautiful and of course the sky was blue which is always great.
Streaky Bay
Streaky Bay


Saw beach after beach, all beautiful but after a while they all look the same. The bunda cliffs looked amazing, not too unlike the cliffs of moher on a good day.
Great Australian Head of Bight
Great Australian Head of Bight
















In Ceduna we visited a rescue centre where a woman on her own takes care of wombats , kangaroos, emus even geese that have been injured or have lost their mom and aren’t able to survive on their own. She had a wombat 2 months old which weighted not even 250 grams. I didn’t know this but when wombats are born they spent another 6/7 months in their moms pouch until they are fully developed. This little wombat was amazing I mean he wasn’t even the size of my hand but to see his little paws and his features developing was real whow!!!!
Zain the little fighting wombat
Zain the little fighting wombat


Another night we went on a night safari through a farm. Saw lots of wombats and kangaroos. And some amazing skies. Went sand boarding also this was fun. Not great at it as I managed to steer myself toward the only little bit of grass amongst the sand…and had some almighty land after it….Had a little more than a bruised ego…lol:-):-):-)

When we camped throughout the tour, we camped in campsites or on home stays where they cooked for us, so it wasn’t as rough as I was expecting. My favourite night of camping or swagging whatever they call it was in a place called Mikkara station and Koala Park. Now this was real out in the bush stuff.
Mikkara station
Mikkara station


Here we slept in swags under the stars, amongst the kangaroos and the koalas and I’m sure lots more wild life but I wasn’t going to investigate, whow are the koalas loud, at times I was expecting some wild bear to come running from the trees.
Koala at Mikkara station
Koala at Mikkara station

The stars were amazing. It was like watching the biggest television screen in the world. It was really great watching the stars twinkling and trying to figure out the constellations. I learned there are 88 in total.

I reckon we travelled over 3000 km as we went off the beaten track at times. Some of the places we went too were really remote. Some of the signs on the roads were funny, and also for the towns, there was one sign for “Cockle biddy….…population 8”.
Cocklebiddy....
Cocklebiddy....


It was an enjoyable tour, although my hands did get destroyed with mosquito bites, they swelled up a little, couldn’t see my knuckles for days. But they are back to normal now.:-)

The driver was fun, most of the tour group were great fun and very nice, apart from a few who should have stayed at home, but I must admit all their negativity made me more positive and enjoy it even more. They complained about …EVERYTHING… So I sat back and let them at it…It was like a cross between Big Brother and a soap opera (I just couldn’t turn away for fear I’d miss something!!)….all we were missing was the diary room…..lol :-):-)

So at the moment I’m in Adelaide hiding in doors as its near 38 degrees outside….so I am quite happy staying white….here in the “fresh air of the air conditioning”….lol :-):-)

So until next time…I’m off on another “camping” trip up to Ayers rock for 10 days…no phone coverage, no luxuries, no dunnies (only bush toilets), no electricity…….No bother!!:-):-):-)

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