The White Trees of Kosciuszko

22 Dec 2018 Travels, New South Wales, Snowy Mountains
It's kind of pointless to stay home during Christmas and New Year: too many days off, too many destinations to visit. Also, I need to test out a few more items of camping gear that I purchased recently. Time to hit the road again, I think!

Kimberley: Back to the Winterland

11 Jun 2018 Travels, Northern Territory, South Australia, Outback
The sunrise is as spectacular as the sunset before it; but when I check the coolant level, I barely find any. Looks like the bone-shaking corrugations of the Rainbow Valley did their nasty job, so I use my last remaining bottle of coolant to top it up. I'm almost home now anyway, aren't I?

Kimberley: Rainbow Valley

10 Jun 2018 Travels, Northern Territory, Outback, Rainbow Valley
When I wake up and eat my breakfast, I still have no idea whether the mouse is still in the car or not. Just in case, I decide to visit a Bunnings in Alice Springs and buy a mouse trap or two – which is where I'm going anyway.

Kimberley: Tanami

9 Jun 2018 Travels, Northern Territory, Outback, Western Australia, Tanami Desert
The morning in the Wolfe Creek is warm, quiet and sunny. It's “summer” up here in the North, after all, and it's going to stay like this for the next few months. Not for me, though; my journey takes me away from these lands of spinifex and boabs and back to the winterlands.

Kimberley: Geikie Gorge

8 Jun 2018 Travels, Western Australia, Kimberley, Geikie Gorge
The morning next to the Glendale Lake is just as lovely as the evening before. So it's time for me to leave the Kimberley now, huh? Well, all good things have to come to an end, I guess.

Kimberley: Windjana Gorge

7 Jun 2018 Travels, Western Australia, Kimberley, Windjana Gorge, Gibb River Road
With the Mornington now out of the way, I’m quickly approaching the other end of the Gibb River Road, and the last major stop on the way is the Windjana Gorge. On my way there I, as everyone else who travels these parts, notice a giant cliff next to the road shaped like a giant head: Queen Victoria’s, as the its name suggests. I’m not very familiar with the lady herself, though, so I can’t appreciate the similarity, if it does indeed exist.

Kimberley: The Mornington

6 Jun 2018 Travels, Western Australia, Kimberley, Gibb River Road
After a chat with the mechanic, I’m slightly more relaxed about the leak, so I decide not to cut my trip too short and visit the nearby Mornington Wildlife Sanctuary as well. Galvans Gorge is just a quick stop on my way there, and it’s very pretty, too.

Kimberley: Mitchell Falls

5 Jun 2018 Travels, Western Australia, Kimberley, Mitchell Falls
Before going to bed, I cut the top off a plastic bottle and put it under the car, where the coolant keeps dripping. In the morning, the bottle is already half full. Damn. Well, at least I get to put back in what's already out. Can't do that while I'm driving, though.

Kimberley: Gibb River Road

4 Jun 2018 Travels, Western Australia, Kimberley, Gibb River Road
In the morning, I head over to the mechanic’s just before the opening time and start waiting. Twenty minutes later I begin to realise that something’s wrong: no one’s around yet, and the entire area looks like it’s been wiped out by a plague. I mean, it’s a small town, but on a Monday morning? I quickly check with Google, and…

Kimberley: Back and Forth

3 Jun 2018 Travels, Western Australia, Kimberley, Gibb River Road, El Questro
Given that I’m still here, and the park pass gives me a few more days of exploration, I decide to visit a couple more places around El Questro—after topping up the coolant, of course. I head over to the 4WD Blanco trail, but even at the very beginning it looks way too intimidating: giant rocks all over the place, etc. Would be nice to improve my off-road driving skills… but probably not with an already leaking radiator (again, if that’s what it is). Some other time.