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Lithium (LiFePo4) batteries

My LiFePo4 post from 2013 (https://nussbaumerweb.wordpress.com/2013/04/17/lithium-lifepo4-batteries/) on this blog still receives a lot of views. More than 3 years later it is seriously out of date. For a starter, the Kedron was sold together with the LiFePo4 batteries back in … Continue reading

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Day 24 – Helicopter Flight over Horizontal Falls

Lesley’s video from our flight over the Horizontal Falls. Careful: If you watch it at full resolution, it is over 600 Megabytes of data!  

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Roebuck Bay foreshore

Last year when we were in Broome, we drove out to the bird observatory on Roebuck Bay. It is a 15km drive along a dirt road to the observatory. On the way back we stopped somewhere along the track to … Continue reading

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Easter 2016 – Wondai

26th April We could have made it home from Wandoan in a long day of driving. But as we were not in a hurry we decided to break for the night in Wondai. We set up camp in the middle … Continue reading

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Mirima National Park – Hidden Valley

22nd July 2015 From our campsite we could see the peaks of the Hidden Valley National Park. They seemed so close, I thought there must be a way to get to them from where we were staying. On two morning … Continue reading

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Red Dirt Photographic Tours

29th June 2015 Red Dirt Photography offers small group tours in a 4×6 LandCruiser that not only show off some of the beautiful scenery around Broome, but also help improve the photography skills of the participants. I managed to get … Continue reading

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Broome – Roebuck Bay – early morning

25th June 2015 After our day trip which ended on Roebuck Bay near the Broome Bird Observatory, I wanted to go back and see what birds I could find in the early morning. So the following day I left Broome’s … Continue reading

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Gary Junction Road – 4 – via Kiwirrkurra Roadhouse to Jupiter Well

4th June 2015 We continued our journey from Buck Hills. Of course this is still the Gary Junction Road and we haven’t seen any sealed roads for days now. Still we made good progress on these dirt roads – as … Continue reading

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Gary Junction Road – 3 – to Western Australia, Buck Hills

3rd/4th June 2015 Our next fuel stop was in Kintore. Another Aboriginal Community where the fuel pumps are located in secure, small brick buildings. After filling up with diesel at two dollars a litre and getting some groceries at the store, … Continue reading

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Gary Junction Road – 2 – First night at Telstra Tower site

2nd – 3rd June 2015 I took many photos when we stopped for the first night on our Gary Junction Road trip. Everything was special to me, even my own shadow. There is not much to say about the next … Continue reading

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Gary Junction Road – 1 – drive along the Gary Junction Road

2nd June 2015 It wasn’t far from Redbank Gorge to the end of the bitumen and the start of the Gary Junction Road. We stopped for a photo to mark the occasion of the start of our big trip. We … Continue reading

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Ormiston Gorge

1st June 2015 We went for a short drive back to Ormiston Gorge. We had a bit of a look around, used their facilities and to our surprise Kay and Bruce arrived and parked very close to us. They were … Continue reading

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Redbank Gorge

30th May to 2nd June 2015 The first morning after our arrival it was washing day. Our twin tub that we carry with us in the LandCruiser has given us good service. Two nearby trees provided a convenient spot to attach … Continue reading

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Leaving Alice to Red Bank Gorge

30th May 2015 We finally left Alice Springs with Val and Chris with the intention of getting close to the start of the Garry Junction Road. We headed towards the West MacDonnell Ranges all on good sealed roads. (Lesley’s photo) … Continue reading

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Alice Springs

23rd to 30th May 2015 Alice Springs was mainly a stay to get organised for our next stage of the trip, the Garry Junction Road. We collected mail, we shopped, we organised various bit and pieces to make improvement to … Continue reading

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Day trip to Rainbow Valley, Hugh River Stock Route and Ewaninga Rock Carvings

28th May 2015 We went for a round trip to the south of Alice Springs. We really wanted to see Rainbow Valley as people had told us it was a fantastic area. We certainly weren’t disappointed. (Lesley’s photo) (Lesley’s photo) … Continue reading

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To Alice Springs

23rd May 2015 We were getting close to our next destination – Alice Springs. We had booked a space in a caravan park, but were a bit early for it. We travelled leisurely, stopping for geocaches on the way. The … Continue reading

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Erldunda – Desert Oaks Rest Area

22nd/23rd May 2015 It didn’t take us long to reach the Erldunda Road House. We didn’t need fuel here, but for the first time in a long while we had access to the internet. Downloading emails, checking Facebook, sending a … Continue reading

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South Australia to Northern Territory

21st May 2015 From 3 O’clock creek we wanted to drive into the Northern Territory – a fairly long day. But we knew that the grader had just been through from Dalhousie Springs to the edge of the Witjira National … Continue reading

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Witjira National Park – 3 O’Clock Creek

20th/21st May 2015 We decided to stay at 3 O’clock Creek for a night to fill up our shower/washing tanks. The flow on the overhead fed tap was quite slow. With the help of a pump that our fellow travellers … Continue reading

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Witjira National Park – Dalhousie Springs

18th to 20th May 2015 The main reason we took the Pedirka track was for our friends to have a swim in this thermal spring. All year round it is at 37 degrees. I wasn’t too interested as the steps … Continue reading

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Witjira National Park – Dalhousie Ruins

18th May 2015 After Pedirka the track led through monotonous country till we arrived at Dalhousie Ruins. Dalhousie used to be a thriving station, mainly raising cattle. The homestead was abandoned in 1925 due to amalgamation with other properties. Over the years … Continue reading

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Pedirka Track – Pedirka Siding

ess18th May 2015 Pedirka is another relic of the Old Ghan Train. Now abandoned, it used to be a watering point for the steam locomotives pulling the Old Ghan. We are now very remote and we can only imagine what … Continue reading

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Hamilton Station

17th/18th May 2015 While Kay and Bruce continued along the Oodnadatta track to Marla and we turned north towards the Pedirka Track. We stopped overnight at Hamilton Station, a bush camping area where you can stay for $10.00 a night. Very … Continue reading

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Oodnadatta Track – 7 – Oodnadatta Road House, the Angle Pole Monument

17th May 2015 We continued along the Oodnadatta track to the place that gives the track it’s name: Oodnadatta. The Pink Roadhouse is a great spot to stop, not only for the diesel, but also for good coffees and some … Continue reading

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Oodnadatta Track – 6 – Algebuckina Bridge and Waterhole

16th May 2015 Next stop was at the Algebuckina Bridge, a rough track in from the Oodnadatta Track. This bridge served the Old Ghan railway and is now disused as the new track is further west. It is an impressive … Continue reading

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Oodnadatta Track – 5 – Campsite outside William Creek

15th/16th May 2015 A short distance after William Creek Val spotted this area close to a disused dam. It was an ideal camping spot. As this was the first night that the six of us were camping together, Val opened … Continue reading

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Oodnadatta Track – 4 – Wabma Kadarbu Mount Spring

15th May 2015 Not much further along we stopped at the Wabma Kadarbu Mount Spring. From the parking area it is a short walk to the Mount Spring. (Lesley’s photo) The spring is a round pond were you can see … Continue reading

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Oodnadatta Track – 3 – Lake Eyre

15th May 2015 Next stop along the Oodnadatta Track was at a viewing point for Lake Eyre. (Lesley’s photo) Our first trip to Lake Eyre was with an organised tour that included a flight over Lake Eyre when it just … Continue reading

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Oodnadatta Track – 2 – Sculptures

15th May 2015 Heading North West from Marree, the Oodnadatta Track is a well maintained dirt road. We travelled at good speed and soon arrived at this amazing place in the middle of nowhere that has huge sculptures placed into … Continue reading

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Oodnadatta Track – 1 – Outside Marree

14th/15th May 2015 We knew that Kay and Bruce were heading for Marree to stay in the grounds of the pub. We went there to meet up with them and possibly to stay there as well. Sure enough they were … Continue reading

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Trips from Springton

While camped in Springton we took a number of trips into the surrounding area. Gawler is the nearest town with facilities and we ended up in Gawler at least twice. On one occasion we bought a new phone for myself … Continue reading

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Springton, Barossa Valley

We spent about a week in Springton with the friends with whom we will travel in the coming weeks through the very remote parts of Australia. The block next to their home is vacant and we were allowed to park … Continue reading

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Port Pirie, Port Germain, Port Germain Gorge, Laura

Our router had a loose connection with the power supply and as a consequence the connection frequently dropped out. I had a cable that fit into the power connector a lot better, so I thought I would give that a … Continue reading

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Sunday Drive

(Lesley’s photo) I had read about Bowman Park in the Crystal Brook valley and I wanted to go and have a look at the ruins of the old farm that used to be there. So we drove through Crystal Brook … Continue reading

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Sunday morning walk along Heysen Trail

I had seen quite a few walkers pacing along the fence line of the Crystal Brook Caravan Park. The Heysen Trail leads along the track next to the Caravan Park. The Heysen trail is a walking track that is 1200km … Continue reading

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Saturday – Crystal Brook Gathering

Once again I didn’t walk very far on Saturday morning. This is about as far as I walked – the green of one of the golf holes. Green is probably not the right word – not a blade of grass in … Continue reading

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Friday morning walk – old buildings

On Friday I walked into town along back streets. Many beautiful buildings that were built about 100 years ago. I am not going to comment on every photo, rather I hope that these photos give you an impression of Crystal … Continue reading

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Thursday morning walk

On Thursday morning I only walked a short walk around the immediate surroundings of the caravan park. At the turn off to the caravan park I found this monument commemorating Edward John Eyre who gave Crystal Brook its name. He … Continue reading

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To Crystal Brook

We left Burra Creek Gorge to head to Crystal Brook. The first ten kilometres of the road we backtracked the way we came. But in the morning light the hillsides with the deep shadows were even more spectacular. (Lesley’s Photo) … Continue reading

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Burra Creek Gorge – early morning walk

As the sun was rising above the horizon, I was out for my early morning walk. The light and shadows on the wheat fields made interesting patterns. Another look at the wheat fields with a slightly different angle. The hills … Continue reading

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Burra Creek Gorge – day of arrival

From Hogwash Bend it was a quick trip to Burra Creek Gorge. It involved crossing the river Murray with a ferry. This is a convenient service that is completely free of charge for the users. The ferry runs along cables … Continue reading

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Renmark, Hogwash Bend

Leaving Victoria behind us we entered South Australia on the way to Renmark. Crossing the border meant a quarantine check – no fruit or vegetables to be brought into South Australia. The quarantine check station is just before Renmark. The Inspector wanted … Continue reading

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Lock 9 – part 3

Just a few more photos from our stay at Lock 9.  At Lock 9 I love how neatly they coil their ropes. The whole area within Lock 9 is very neat and tidy. The lawn is like walking on a … Continue reading

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Lock 9 – part 2

I spent a lot of time walking around the area taking photos of birds. The rest of the time we just sat around, surfing the internet or doing nothing at all. My kind of a stay. We were able to … Continue reading

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To Lock 9

We received a phone call that our inverter had arrived in Mildura – time to venture into the big City to attempt to locate the shop. We travelled along country roads, some of them just one lane sealed, but also … Continue reading

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Nyah

Continuing on our drive towards South Australia we stayed a night in Nyah. This is familiar territory, we stayed here in 2012 with a group of people. Camping on the Nyah Recreation Reserve is free and it adjoins the Murray River. … Continue reading

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Tocumwal Town Beach

From Chiltern we travelled along country roads to Tocumwal. We knew friends of ours that we met at Standown Park last year were staying there so we joined them for a couple of days. Town Beach is a $5/Night/Person campsite … Continue reading

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Chiltern Caravanersforum UWE – Lake View House

The caravan park in Chiltern is very close to Lake View House. This house was built in the 1870s and was at some stage home for author Ethel Richardson who published under the pen name of Henry Handel Richardson. On … Continue reading

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Chiltern UWE Caravanersforum – trip into the Alps

We went for a drive up into the Victorian Alps. Beechworth is quite a touristy town – all the same we loved it. We want to come back here and go through all the fancy restaurants! That could easily take … Continue reading

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