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Travel Stories

Gather ’round children! The Drinking Traveller’s got a tale to tell!

Perth Nightlife Guide

After a hair-of-the-dog mango wheat-beer at the Northbridge Brewery, and with a hangover from hitting 17 Swan Valley wineries, breweries and distilleries in one day, me and Ruth met my old friend Oscar (who I hadn’t seen in literally half a lifetime) and Harriet in Ezra Pound, for what was surely one of the most epic … Continue reading »

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On the Scent of Red Dog: The Pilbara Wanderer

Have you ever heard of Red Dog? Read the books? Seen the movie? If not, you should, but here’s the best part to bring you up to speed: We’d inadvertently been travelling in Red Dog’s paw-steps since Darwin. He also travelled as far south as Perth and pretty much all the roads in between, and – … Continue reading »

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Matso’s Broome Brewery

For many who’ve travelled throughout Australia, the highlight is a little-known beach-town on the North-west’s remote Kimberley coast. 1,871 km from Darwin and 2,240 from Perth, Broome is literally one of the most isolated places on earth, and, with the possible exception of the Nullarbor, getting to Broome constitutes Australia’s longest and most remote drive. But it was worth it, because waiting … Continue reading »

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The Hoochery Distillery, Kununurra

On the road again, we cooled off in Katherine Hot Springs, camped overnight in the bush and the next morning pushed on on the Victoria Highway, west, bound for the Western Australia border. We passed Timber Creek, where we’d hoped to catch Sarah, only some guy’d jumped behind the bar and threatened her with a … Continue reading »

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Uluru (Ayers Rock) & Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)

This isn’t a post about one of the “wonders of the world”, it’s a story about the journey to get there – a journey of several days and thousands of kilometres, through the great Australian Outback. “…all around you is a 360 degree golden Mitchell grass emptiness…the great Australian outback.” – Ted Egan, Australian folk … Continue reading »

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Mango Wine Tasting at the Red Centre Farm

It was a morning of ghosts. After the abandoned aerodrome at Daly Waters we passed Dunmarra, named after a man called Dan O’Mara who went missing here and was never found (the Aborigine trackers pronounced his name Dunmarra), then detoured three kilometres west through Newcastle Waters Station to the ghost town of Newcastle Waters. The … Continue reading »

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Daly Waters Historic Outback Pub

Time for the Drinking Traveller to “go walkabout”. The road became less and less familiar as we passed Jabiru and the turn offs for Nourlangie, Maguk, Gunlom, etc…until soon everything was new again. Passing through the Kakadu National Park gates, we realised for the first time that we hadn’t left the park once in the three … Continue reading »

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The Road to Gunbalanya Social Club

Living and working in Kakadu, I came to hear of Arnhem Land, an area of Aboriginal land larger than almost half of the world’s countries yet somehow hidden in a remote, isolated corner of Australia’s sparse Northern Territory. One of “the last true wildernesses” on earth, Arnhem Land is home to wild, empty beaches, pristine … Continue reading »

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Maguk (Barramundi Gorge)

Only accessible in the Dry (season) and by four-wheel-drive (well, in theory), Maguk is a verdant gorge complete with tumbling waterfall, deep blue plunge-pool with crystal clear water teaming with fish, and even a “secret” path leading to a series of sparkling swimming holes hidden behind the top of the falls. (“Secret” in the sense … Continue reading »

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Sunset at Ubirr Lookout

Day off. The van up on jacks, the wheels two-hundred kilometres away in Darwin. I was naked (as usual) when Vero knocked. Rod had fixed his “car” and was going to Ubirr. Did we want to go? We grabbed some sandwiches for the road, Rod fueled up on resort and we sped off through the parched … Continue reading »

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