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Bourke and beyond tour

I've wanted to visit Bourke.  And now 4,000 kms later we've been there and lots of other places.  View the map

The tour is an experiment with working on the road,  doing 3 hours each morning and some catch up at night. This means moving off later each day and no morning strolls so photographically not up there with the best but a great trip nonetheless.

That's the view from our caravan window on our first port of call Canberra, for Ian to do some business.  We start wayfaring in earnest tomorrow.


  1. Ha, here you are again :-)

    And - the photo is good. It shows the "caravan atmosphere" very well I think. It's what you see. No more no less.

  2. Wow, that's some trip, Joan. I'm really looking forward to your shots. Just came back from 10 days in north west QLD (Mt Isa and north west of that) myself, so have some pics to trade with you too.

    1. Looking forward to your journey Winam. You always do such great trips.

  3. I was just wondering when you were going to come back to "SW".
    And poof - here you are!

  4. I wondered where you were. looking forward to doing the trip with you second time around. I bet it was cold in Canberra but a nice view all the same.

    1. It is not cold in the van. It is a very small room to heat in comparison to a big house with high ceilings.

  5. Ok, ready to go. Shall check the map in few ticks.

  6. Good heavens! What a loop! Had to laugh that you took it to two pages on Google maps. I have never been inland like this. From memory, this is where a lot of the floodwater flows ... this part of QLD and NSW.

    1. Yep this is where there were floods over this year and last.

  7. What a great trip Joan, I love this part of Australia.


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