The Flinders Ranges and Birdsville Track (On tour - with The Landy)

Friday, Apr 04, 2014 at 10:33

Baz - The Landy

I have been preparing the new vehicle and the troops, yes, that would be Janet and TomO, for an upcoming adventure into the Australian Outback.

In fact this is the first for the new Toyota 79 Series, and is ahead of another trip we have planned to cross the Anne Beadell, and Sandy Blight Junction tracks in June and July this year.

In about one week’s time we will be pointing ourselves westward towards the Flinders Ranges and the Birdsville Track.

In fact, this will be a sentimental journey, of sorts, for us as Brian, my father, longed to take a trip along the “Track” in the footsteps of Tom Kruse, The Outback Mailman. Brian passed away last year and as a tribute to him we are making the journey accompanied by my mother, Fay, the love of Dad’s life for near on 60 years!

But he'll be with us....for sure. And we are taking his favoured Outback Hat and will leave it along the way, maybe as we drink a toast to him at the Mungerannie Pub!

Tom’s story is well known to most outback travellers, delivering mail to the many cattle stations along the track in a “Blitz Truck” arriving at Birdsville, in far Western Queensland, before loading up for the return trip to Marree. His story is one of human endurance, courage, and perseverance. These are qualities that can be attributed to many people who live and work in the Australian Outback and is one of the reasons we are drawn to travel in these regions…

Before arriving in Birdsville, we will pass through one of our most well-known outback towns, Broken Hill, and visit Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Ranges.

Wilpena Pound is an ancient landscape over 800 million years old, a mountain range rising out of the landscape that has the appearance of being an old volcano. It is also home to the Adnyamathanha people.

After a couple of days resting in Birdsville following our trip up the “Track” we will head towards Innamincka, a small locality that is infamous for being the end of the ill-fated Burke and Wills Exploration. A favourite of ours, we visit as often as we can.

Passing back down into New South Wales through Wari Gate, we will overnight in Tibooburra and visit the family hotel where the famous Australian artist Clifton Pugh, who once painted a mural on the hotel walls.

In fact, he even owned it at one time.

A favourite place we like to visit is Trilby Station.Trilby is a working sheep and cattle property on the banks of the famous inland river, the Darling River, and as usual, we will camp by the Billabong. And whilst in the area we will take the time to revisit Toorale National Park to further our knowledge of Australia’s first people.

Making our way back to Sydney via Narromine, Orange, and Bathurst I’m sure there will be plenty of stories to recount from our couple of weeks “Out and About – with The Landy”.

Photos, Baz - The Landy




As a footnote… “The Landy” came about as a consequence of owning three ‘Fenders, but as you can see this has now changed. I’m reluctant to refer to the new vehicle as “The Landy” that’s for sure; the owners’ of either brand would never forgive me!

But “The Landy” has stuck, and “The Landy” it is…
“Those who don’t think
it can be done shouldn’t
bother the person doing it…”
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