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WA2021: In Isolation

Isolated on the way into Kununurra

At long last we made it into Western Australia and straight into self-isolation! Most people would be pretty upset about being in isolation, but not us, we are quite happy and comfortable about it – here is why.

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WA2021: Into the Northern Territory

The police checkpoint at the Queensland/Northern territory border

Friday 18 June (no internet)

It seems a giant leap forward to report that we made it into the Northern Territory, considering the last post was talking about getting into Queensland, but on Wednesday, we crossed the border from Queensland into the Northern Territory. After six days of driving from entering Queensland, we have covered 3000 km with one night at each overnight stop. At long last we are taking a break

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WA2021: Into Queensland

Sunday 13 June (No internet)

Having applied for our permit to enter South Australia on Friday and it did not come through by the end of the day, we decided that we would give it until 12:00 on Saturday. Also, because it was dated for the previous day, we thought we should lodge a new one for entry on Saturday. We also thought it would be a good idea to contact their help line to understand the timing of an approval being given. Apparently, every single ‘pass through’ application from Victoria is reviewed by a panel and, with 6000 on the waiting list, we were told it could take 3 – 5 days! With time not on our side, we had no option to resort to our plan B. This took us east (away from where we need to be), and north into Queensland.

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WA2021: Not there yet

Junkyard at Silverton from yesterday's visit

As I mentioned in my previous post Contingency Planning, we are dealing with a number of variables outwith our control. Having set out this morning, armed with a border permit to cross into Queensland, our aim was to get to the Burke and Wills Dig Tree. I was told that I perhaps should not broadcast where we are going, so like the Government not setting targets for vaccinations, I will resist the temptation to tell you where we are heading from now on (because it is likely to change). From this you will gather that we are not there yet, ie across the QLD border!

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WA2021: Gisborne to Broken Hill

Mundi Mundi Plain where the original Mad Max movie was filmed.

Having spent a week wondering if and when we might be able to get away, we were delighted to hear that Victorian regional restrictions were to be lifted last Thursday at midnight. This meant that we managed to escape from Gisborne to Broken Hill on Friday (4 June). We decided to take the chance and not risk the outbreak increasing and/or creeping into regional areas. So, on Friday morning, we set off with the sole intention of crossing the border into NSW. This we succeeded in doing, but the journey since then has been anything but straightforward.

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WA2021: Contingency Planning

Having spent the first part of this year planning our three month trip to the Kimberley and WA coast, the recent Covd19 Outbreak and subsequent lockdown in Victoria meant that the last two week have been focused on contingency planning. The first step of this has resulted in us now being in Broken Hill, which, for us, is a significant cross roads – which way do we go?

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WA2021: Plans Thwarted

Bungle Bungles, Purnululu National Park, taken during my 2017 road trip

What makes a good plan is flexibility. When your plans are thwarted you should have at least one contingency – this is a position in which we now find ourselves.

In 2017, I was invited to join another photographer as co-driver on a five week road trip to the Kimberley that was being organised for about nine vehicles. Needless to say, I didn’t have to be asked twice – it was a great opportunity to see the Australia that exists beyond the main cities.

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Abandoned Railway Bridge
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WA2021: Planning our Itinerary

Abandoned railway bridge off the Oodnadatta Track

Starting off as a seed of an idea to take 12 months out to travel around Australia, various factors limited us to firming up on a three-month road trip to the Kimberley and the West Coast. With that timeline set, we started planning our itinerary at the beginning of the year. This turned out to be a rather more challenging process than we first thought.

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VIC2021: Campgrounds – Smoko

Bright in the autumn presents a magnificent display of colour that attracts crowds of visitors from far and wide. This of course means that accommodation, particularly after Covid 19 lockdowns, is at a premium. It was purely coincidence that I visited the area at this time of the year and fortunate that I decided to set up camp at Smoko Campground.

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VIC2021: The Walks – Rollasons Falls Track

Having completed the Eurobin Falls Track earlier in the morning, my next stop 6 km up Mount Buffalo Road was the Rollasons Falls Track. This was listed as 1.9 km to the lower falls and 2 km tom the upper falls. In actual fact if you walk to both the total distance is 2.5 km. The Mount Buffalo National Park visitors guide advises that there is a short steep section at the end. This, in my opinion, is a bit of an understatement with regard to both ‘short’ and ‘at the end’.

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