We're On The Road to Nowhere - And It's All Right
It's winter in Emerald Beach and we were tired of feeling cold. So we decided to drive until we hit the Tropic of Capricorn, then head west and see some wide open spaces and bask like lizards in the outback sun. We took the scenic route, and it ended up being a 3000km round trip... To put it in perspective, the entire length of the UK is 1400km. We went quite literally west of the Black Stump, which it turns out is in Blackall Queensland.
It felt like an epic journey and I've never driven such distances without seeing a single town or even house, but in reality it was such a tiny corner of Australia, and it's definitely given me a taste to discover more of this sunburnt country.
It was great to get on the road and not have a definitive plan. We used the wiki camps app and just stayed where ever was closest when we were too tired to drive any further. Earlier this year we bought an old Land Rover Discovery (his name is Dustin) and converted it ourselves into a sort of camper, taking out the back seats and building a bed with storage underneath in the back. It's rudimentary, but has revolutionised our camping experience, by virtue of being super cosy, so much easier and faster than pitching a tent, and giving us much more flexibility on the type of places we can stay. This road trip was Dustins first real test, and he passed with flying colours.
Here are a few highlights from the trip.