Tibooburra

Tibooburra

I set off for Tibooburra some 332 KM north from Broken Hill after sunrise to hopefully avoid any road crossing roos. The road consists of a mix of both stretches of sealed and generally good unsealed roads with very little traffic but some construction work underway. The Road to Tibooburra Unfortunately for Tibooburra, I found [...]
Base Camp: Broken Hill

Base Camp: Broken Hill

After a break of some months, I have finally been able to get back on the road mainly because the weather has improved and roads that have been closed to flooding are now open. The idea of flying to locations has been put on hold, but could be used for my trip to Birdsville which [...]
“Three places of such cunning…”

“Three places of such cunning…”

I write this on 7 April 2011, four months after my initial target for completing my mission of visiting all the places in the 'I've been everywhere' song. Things were going so well. Place after place was visited, my journal updated and a sense of completion was starting to wash over me. Just three places [...]
Darwin, NT

Darwin, NT

Traveling around Australia has, if nothing else, demonstrated what a resilient lot Australians are. However, a few days in Darwin takes this understanding to a whole new level. Withstanding the hot, humid weather is perhaps a given for any Australian, but add to this devastating cyclones and World War II bombing, all of which literally [...]
Great Great Great Great Great Uncle James and the Brumby Horse

Great Great Great Great Great Uncle James and the Brumby Horse

Whilst the weather is not supportive of my travels around Australia at the moment, some desk research into my family tree has enabled me to travel not only around Australia but also through time as I discover some Australian ancestry. I first came to Australia in 2001. It was a big deal. It was a [...]

That’s Life Magazine

I'm pleased to report that my "I've been everywhere" journey has been reported in this weeks "That's Life" magazine. I feel I am destined to be remembered in dentist and doctors surgeries for the rest of the decade! I am grateful for being contacted for the opportunity to present the story, and further more, for [...]
The final countdown

The final countdown

I have four more places in four Australian states left to visit before I can claim "I've been everywhere" - Darwin, Birdsville, Oodnadatta and Tibooburra. Four of the more remote locations in Australia and possibly a further 5,000km of travelling. But I'm excited. The more remote, the dustier the road, the bluer the sky and [...]
Grong Grong, NSW

Grong Grong, NSW

Grong Grong is another small rural village which is unlikely to be a destination for tourists. A hotel, church, disused railway line and grain bins are the highlight of this location The name Grong Grong is an Aboriginal term meaning "bad camping ground" or "very bad camping ground". If you have any further information on [...]
Jerilderie, NSW

Jerilderie, NSW

For some time I had been wanting to visit the site of Ned Kelly's (the bush ranger) last stand at Glenrowan and I took the opportunity to call into this town when visiting Wangaratta earlier in my travels. However, I have to say, for a more low key and less "in your face" experience, Jerilderie [...]
Wanganella, NSW

Wanganella, NSW

A detour up the Cobb Highway took me to Wanganella, a small village with little for the visitor. However, I was interested to learn from the Tourist Information lady at Deniliquin that it was the birthplace of the Peppin Merino. In 1861, George Hall Peppin and his two sons, experienced English sheep breeders, established a [...]