Best 4WD trips in Australia – Central Deserts of the Outback

Earlier this year I spent a week in Perth with my eldest  daughter.  It was a wonderful opportunity to spend time together, exploring a place neither of us had seen, and I realised that I’d never done anything similar with either of my parents.

Around the same time Dad mentioned he was planning a 5-6 week  trip to Outback Australia, but was lamenting the difficulty in finding someone to accompany him.  My time living in Western Qld had given me a taste for the outback, but I had always been hungry to see more.  Dad had the vehicle prepared, had done all the necessary pre-trip prep work (maps, permits, equipment etc).  All I had to do was organise time off work and show up!  The father and son trip was born!

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Conondale Range Great Walk

We stopped for a rest beside the trail. The constant presence of the leeches and their vast numbers was taking its toll.  For two days my annoyance had been continually building like a slowly inflating balloon, and things were about to go ‘pop’.  I looked at Mike sitting on a rock in front of me wondering how he could appear so calm; surely it was bothering him too?  With that thought I grabbed the utility knife from my pack and with a firm but shaky grip on the handle, I thrust it in a downwards motion…. Continue reading

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