The Pattos

I travel because it makes me realize how much I haven’t seen, how much I’m not going to see, and how much I still need to see.” – Carew Papritz

Charleville and Longreach

On August 31, 2018, Posted by , In Uncategorized, With No Comments

Longreach Longreach has a few things its famous for, the stockman’s hall of fame and the Qantas founders museum to name a two. Both have various packages you can do ranging from not overly expensive to a cure for the national debt. We elected to do two of the moderately…

Winton

On August 9, 2018, Posted by , In Uncategorized, With No Comments

On the road again for another 400+kms run from Mt Isa to Winton. It is extremely dry and barren along this road and we struck bloody wind again. In spite of that we made good time stopping at a place called McKinley which, as its main claim to fame, the…

Mt Isa

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Mount Isa was a bit of a surprise package really I wasn’t sure what to expect being a mining town but it did have quite a number of interesting things going on and a very extensive information centre. The big blue “I” is usually our first stop on any trip…

Alice Springs to Mount Isa

On August 9, 2018, Posted by , In Uncategorized, With No Comments

We spent 2 nights back in Alice Springs basically to replenish or supplies as from here we are heading to Mt Isa in Queensland. It will be 2 nights 3 days of the grid. We left Alice early and continued north. We weren’t too sure how far we would go…

West MacDonnell Ranges

On July 31, 2018, Posted by , In Uncategorized, With No Comments

We headed out for our 3 nights in the West MacDonnell ranges, which was a bit of a test for the vans on how they performed “off grid”. The outcome pretty good we reckon 3 nights is achievable with our water capacity – batteries weren’t a real problem with the…

Alice Springs

On July 27, 2018, Posted by , In Uncategorized, With 3 Comments

Our first full day in the Alice was pretty quiet catching up on some washing and a bit of shopping but not much else. The weather wasn’t all that pleasant being warm (around 30) but very windy which kicked up a lot of dust. We planned our day for tomorrow…

Burra to Alice Springs

On July 25, 2018, Posted by , In Uncategorized, With No Comments

After our 2 night sojourn at Burra Gaz was feeling a little better. So we decided to press on – may have not been out best decision as it blew an absolute gale from the time we left until we arrived a Glendambo. We had 50 to 70khm winds all…

Bendigo to Burra

On July 22, 2018, Posted by , In Uncategorized, With 1 Comment

Well we are on our way at last. I have made the comment a few times I reckon my last words on this earth will be “Well that didn’t go as planned” and so it was. I guess it’s all part of the adventure but the adventure part could have…

Ahhhhhhhh

On July 19, 2018, Posted by , In Uncategorized, With No Comments

That’s right AHHHHHHHH. Getting ready to head of and we have electrical problem on the van. Not sure if its a battery or something else. Fair dinkum my grave will have the words “Well that didn’t go to plan” etched into it.

The Old Mini just keeps getting better

On June 25, 2018, Posted by , In Uncategorized, With No Comments

The old mini just keeps getting better – now in my Granddaughters care