Streaky Bay

Dawn at Streaky bay was spectacular. Up early for some photos and took in some of the historical walk to get the circulation going and hunt for a bakery. We found fresh bread at a bakery just near a granite stone commemorating the site of the original post and telegraph station …

Kimba to Streaky Bay

After refuelling at Kimba, we returned to the long straight road. The road trains were impressive, thoroughly dwarfing our little red car, and passing them was quite the experience! But the plucky Citroen didn’t miss a beat. At times there were oversize loads coming the other way – a few …

Port Pirie to Kimba

Breakfast at Port Augusta – an imperious name for a mineral and grain port served by grungy railways, giant grain silos and container trucks with tandem trailers. We were told that there was fuel on the outskirts of the town, but it would be 144kms before we saw the next …

Narrandera to Port Pirie

The road to Port Pirie took us along the Murray Riverland with ripe orange orchards, and then the land turned scrubby and a white fluff drifted across the road. Who would have thought this was now a cotton growing area! Clearly a successful cultivation, but with cotton being a water-thirsty …

Wagga Wagga to Narrandera and beyond

The Royal Australian Air Force museum at Wagga-Wagga provides a reminder of the sacrifices made by our servicemen and women – and of the tools they had to defend our country and our way of life. It is quite some time since I have seen a Winjeel trainer or a Canberra …

Day 1 – Canberra to Waikerie and a story about a dog…

Minus 3C frost and deep fog saw us depart Canberra around 0730AM. Out via Yass,we were soon heading northwest above the snowy mountains then slowly inched around to Gundagai – famous for its statue of the Dog on the Tucker Box. This commemorates a story of hardship of the early …

Road trip across Australia

Why drive across a continent when preparing to walk across a country? In some ways, a road trip has some parallels with a pilgrimage walk, in that it is time-out-of-time or time out of place, which takes us out of the day-to-day context. It is a time to build resilience …

Reflection in an age of mass distraction

We are marinating in information and distractive technologies. I noticed recently that I check my phone quite regularly from the time I wake up until the moment my head hits the pillow – just after I’ve plugged the phone into the charger. I do occasionally make actual phone calls, but …

The world beneath your feet – Sydney and its imprints

Imprints on the landscape around Sydney’s The Rocks area reveal a number tangible elements of Australia’s European foundation narratives which you can see today if you know what to look for. As you walk around Circular Quay you can see small brass medallions laid out along the shoreline of 1788 …