Uluru 2020 – the trip that wasn’t

Day 5

We address really in the outback now. Once past Lyndhurst, the road is dirt and the challenge begins (well the challenge is really being at home writing this…). 

The old Ghan engines beside the railway station in Marree

We stopped at Maree, start of the Oodnadatta track and camel depot.  There are some relics of the trains that were the lifeblood for many out back communities. A little further on,  we camped at Coward Springs – a must do for anyone traveling out here.  The thermal springs are not large yet Coward Springs is a magic place. 

Uluru 2020 – the trip that wasn’t

Day 4

Big kilometers again today but traveling in remote areas is far more relaxing than city traffic with the bonus of ever changing landscape. We didn’t know what to expect at Brachina Gorge, so the campsite didn’t disappoint. 

There is plenty to see in the Wilpena Pound but we are just passing through.  Oodnadatta beckons…

Uluru 2020 – the trip that wasn’t

Day 3


The portable bbq proved is worth again, sausages,  salad and pasta for last night’s dinner. Today we went to Pro Hart’s gallery,  then a quick trip it to Silverton to have a beer at the pub and a burger! We checked out the museum and then back to camp for a few beers and prepare for tomorrow’s leg. 

Mad Max Museum, image courtesy of Tripadvisor

Uluru 2020 – the trip that wasn’t

Day 2

Up reasonably early as we have a long drive to Broken Hill. No time for coffee and just cereal for breakfast – if we were on the road as planned. Yesterday’s fuel consumption in the big Patrol was about what we expected for something parked on the driveway – much better than the 21 L/100 we were expecting on this leg.

Nyngan is a great country town but no time to stop today.

Old Nyngan Pub (closed)

We had to stop for Fuel at Cobar – the Patrol is pretty thirsty but it is a good chance to stretch the legs and swap drivers. A quick lunch of salad wraps and we are off again.

Wilcannia flys past in a blur as we can sense Broken Hill isn’t far away.

Wilcannia main street by  Ian Fegent

Finally we make Broken Hill. Tired and low on fuel, we get to stay a day here to refresh and take in some of the local attractions.

Argent Street by Steve Swayne,

Looking forward to some barbecued meat and cold beers – as if we were camping at the racecourse as planned.

Uluru 2020 – the trip that wasn’t

Day 1

We are all packed, 2009 Jayco Swan Outback behind our 2002 Nissan Patrol TB48 auto. We are not going anywhere of course, Covid-19 has seen to that.

It’s early but we can’t sleep, excitement has trumped rest. We are planning to leave at at a casual 8 am but someone should tell our bodies that!

We want to get past Dubbo today and free camp ready for the push onto Broken Hill tomorrow. There will be no visit to the excellent zoo or Old Dubbo Gaol, just a stop for fuel and any supplies we have forgotten.

Macquarie River Railway Bridge By Craig Franklin

There isn’t any photos of our camp, since we didn’t camp…