Camping life in the outback.
On this trip we slept in swags - canvas bags with a mattress and a pillow, and you slept inside this with your sleeping bag. I was toasty warm in the desert air.
We had tents that we set up each day, although you could pay extra for nicer accommodation like cabins, and glamping tents!
Dinner was cooked over a campfire - and this was a magical time seeing our guides cook with billies and camp ovens. We would spend this time talking around the fire, getting to know you fellow travel companions, share outback stories and lean back and look up at the sky filled with stars.
The campfire breakfast in full swing.
All set for dinner at Purnululu National Park.
Plenty of banter and stories around the campfire.
Spoilt - the tents were already set-up for us!
Life on the bus.
We had 11 travellers on the bus and two guides.
You travelled long hours on dusty, unsealed roads from one destination to the next. Entertainment is listening to the guides tell great stories, and chatting to the others.
It was on these long drives that we learnt so much about the outback and it's history.
We often had the opportunity to ride up front and see the rough roads ahead of us.
We stopped to collect firewood each day for our campfire, which always ended up with some hilarity.
Rough roads, great drivers, all-terrain vehicles!
Keeping in touch in the Outback.
Keeping in touch is not always the easiest in the outback and you and your family need to be aware of this.
At some stages there is NO CELLPHONE RECEPTION for days! You really are remote.
I loved this and really enjoyed not having the distraction of social media. But you need to warn your family so they don't panic! I gave my family the contact details of the tour company as the drivers have a satellite-type phone, and the outback has it's own system for getting messages to people.
The outback community is very remote, but there is a closeness that is ever-present and they're always looking out for each other.
Otherwise there can be phones where you are staying - but not always.
The phone in the fridge - for real!!
Take your camera!
You won't have much use for a phone - but your camera will be working overtime!
From big sky country, to star-filled nights, colours that pop, and creatures that send you running.
There'll be waterfalls with an insurmountable amount of water and power, red cliffs, and ancient Aboriginal artwork.
There'll be ample opportunity to click away at all the marvels - you'll just have to wait until you're near Derby to be able to post online to friends and family. But they'll be well-worth waiting for.
The amazing Kimberley Boab tree and the big sky landscapes.
Hiking in Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungles).
Crossing the croc infested Pentecost River.
The dark and murky waters of Tunnel Creek.
Fire on the Mitchell Plateau.
Sunset at Windjana Gorge.
Daybreak Windjana Gorge.
Visit the Australian Outback.
I highly recommend visiting the Australian Outback.
- It is full of life and great characters.
- The scenery is vast and magnificent on a massive scale.
- The history is incredibly sad and full of conflict and hardship.
But it is a harsh landscape and unforgiving - You must be prepared well for any trip there.