Why Do We Travel the Outback?

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We are home after being away since 30th April. We visited some very nice places and travelled some remote tracks.

Why do we do this?

To experience the almost tangible serenity?

To visit places we've only heard of so far?

To pondor the hardships of early explorers and settlers?

To appreciate the work of modern outback residents?

Maybe a photo could sum up our trip. This was our campsite at Leichhart Falls.

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Some or all of the reasons above were experienced in getting here. Maybe poor old Ludwig's bones were somewhere downstream. Who knows?

We had a great trip.


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Reply By: Joe n Mel - Monday, Jul 05, 2010 at 20:17

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What was the date you took the pic ????
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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Monday, Jul 05, 2010 at 20:24

Monday, Jul 05, 2010 at 20:24
Monday 21st June.

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Reply By: Member - Keith C (NSW) - Monday, Jul 05, 2010 at 21:34

Monday, Jul 05, 2010 at 21:34
Hi G B, what a great campsite, amazing how people need to park right up close,were they travelling with you??
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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Monday, Jul 05, 2010 at 21:39

Monday, Jul 05, 2010 at 21:39
Hullo Keith,

yes, we have been travelling together for the whole trip.

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Reply By: equinox - Monday, Jul 05, 2010 at 22:17

Monday, Jul 05, 2010 at 22:17
It's so much fun trying to avoid these things:

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:)))

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Reply By: D200Dug- Monday, Jul 05, 2010 at 22:49

Monday, Jul 05, 2010 at 22:49
To experience the almost tangible serenity?


I beg to differ

The serenity is actually tangible !
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Reply By: Member - GREENDOG - Monday, Jul 05, 2010 at 23:00

Monday, Jul 05, 2010 at 23:00
It's because we love itImage Could Not Be Found,and seeing things like this.cheer's GREENDOG
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Reply By: Member - Tony S (WA) - Monday, Jul 05, 2010 at 23:14

Monday, Jul 05, 2010 at 23:14
Wondered whenyou would come back.

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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Tuesday, Jul 06, 2010 at 18:22

Tuesday, Jul 06, 2010 at 18:22
Thanks Tony, that's very nice of you.

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Reply By: Member - Heather G (NSW) - Tuesday, Jul 06, 2010 at 04:59

Tuesday, Jul 06, 2010 at 04:59
Hi Gone Bush,

I agree with you on all of the above as to why we travel.

Great photo - these campsites are just wonderful, aren't they?

We have been home for a few days now having travelled since mid April (11 weeks) and are experiencing wintery July weather on the South Coast NSW for the first time in years. Also, the 2 1/2 yr old grandson kindly passed on his head cold to me when we visited last week on our way home ....as they do!
I am feeling a bit sad about it all really but have surgery booked for next week and will need a couple of months to recover so unfortunately we had to return!

Like you we also had a great trip - saw some new places, visited some familiar ones and also did some lovely walks, even managed to catch a fish or two, but didnt get to do any remote camping which we love because we were travelling for much of the time with others who are very new to travelling with a van and they weren't set up to go off road for more than a night or two.

I am really missing being on the road and all the wonderful times it brings and will spend the next couple of months while we are home planning our next trip as well as writing a list of jobs for the other half to complete around the house and van, to keep hom busy. lol.

Cheers,

Heather



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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Tuesday, Jul 06, 2010 at 18:31

Tuesday, Jul 06, 2010 at 18:31
Thanks Heather,

great barra. You're bit of a stunner as well.

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Follow Up By: Dasher Des - Wednesday, Jul 07, 2010 at 13:24

Wednesday, Jul 07, 2010 at 13:24
Heck GB, your smooth. LOL
Heather, hope all goes well for you and have a speedy recovery.
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Follow Up By: Member - Heather G (NSW) - Wednesday, Jul 07, 2010 at 14:21

Wednesday, Jul 07, 2010 at 14:21
Gee.... thanks you blokes!!!

DD I think GB may be due for his eye check up!!... or maybe compared to the barra I look OK!! LOL
whatever...it made my day a bit better yesterday.

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Follow Up By: Madfisher - Thursday, Jul 08, 2010 at 14:11

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Wishing you a speedy recovery Heather.
Best wishes Pete
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Follow Up By: Member - Heather G (NSW) - Thursday, Jul 08, 2010 at 14:25

Thursday, Jul 08, 2010 at 14:25
Thanks Pete,

I have to get there first...the two and a half year old grandson kindly gave me his cold last week and I am hoping by Tuesday, my admittance date, I will be healthy enough to have anaesthetic on Wednesday!
Aren't grandchildren kind!! LOL
I will phone the hospital on Monday afternoon as we have around 4 hrs travelling time each way to get there!

Otherwise shouldnt be any problems as I am very fit and healthy. Also keen to get back into the van and start travelling again by September.

Cheers,
Heather

PS and also promised by my other half to be taken salmon fishing in November when we are staying at Mallacoota, after my effort with the barra. Apparently it is pretty exciting when they are running.
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Tuesday, Jul 06, 2010 at 07:49

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Reply By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Tuesday, Jul 06, 2010 at 14:18

Tuesday, Jul 06, 2010 at 14:18
Hello Gone Bush and Mrs Gone Bush - fabulous photo - where are the photos of the prawn lunch it was reported you had in Karumba! Maybe it was someone else having the prawn lunch when they ran into you, so to speak.
We go bush - because we can - and for all those reasons you pointed out above :
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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Tuesday, Jul 06, 2010 at 18:29

Tuesday, Jul 06, 2010 at 18:29
Hullo Ruth,

You could have knocked me over with a feather when Willem turned up. My mind was a million miles away trying to find a fuel outlet in Normanton with some diesel and it took a few seconds of blank looks from me before it all registered. He must have thought I was a rude bugger.

We had our last Gulf of Carpentaria prawns on the shores of Spencer Gulf at Port Augusta. Prawn and avocado sandwiches.

Nummo too.

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Follow Up By: Member - Ruth D (QLD) - Tuesday, Jul 06, 2010 at 20:02

Tuesday, Jul 06, 2010 at 20:02
Well, the people you see when you haven't got a gun..........he was on the phone about two seconds after you parted company.
Hope those prawns were nice... as good as yabbies?
Glad you are home safe and sound and preparing your next trip.
Ruth and Ian
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