sticky: mapping the long way round.

follow the red line to see how we make our way around australia. the orange line is how we plan to continue … but that could change depending on how things turn out.

the bathtub.

we had heard there were hot springs in katherine but we also knew that they were pretty popular i.e. crowded. we had also heard of another area with thermal springs further on the way towards lichfield. that suited us well: we will be back in katherine later and didn’t want to hang around at this…

katherine.

yes with a ‘k’. we are now officially in the northern territory! we have not seen much of katherine, though: after a long day on the road we arrived quite late. it took us about 9 hours from kununurra to katherine, with two short stops. one for fuel and another one to book a camp…

purnululu.

you know the story: a mere 240 km from the world-renowned metropolis of kununurra you find the amazing oasis that the bungle bungle caravan park is. here is just what we mean by oasis: the cows eat the trees (and whatever else they find in the park). and from there it is only 50 km…

new shoes.

four flat tyres in six days! ok, the first one was my fault: i was running the tyres with too low pressure. the result was a stake through the sidewall and a written-off tyre. then, still on the gibb, and with significantly more tyre pressure another rock punched through the thread. the hole was big…

wyndham.

i hope i am not offending anyone by saying that wyndham is remarkably unremarkable. it would also be a little bit unfair, in the sense that that description probably applies to many places here in australia as well as anywhere in the world. you get to wyndham by taking a left turn at the eastern…

my gibb river road # part one

Well, seems like you would like some more stories right? You have come to the right place. Today you will be reading about the my legendary adventures on the Gibb River Road. The story of this great long adventure starts in Derby. Derby, a very nice dry place with lots of boabs. Boabs are really…

ivanhoe crossing.

ivanhoe crossing is located just north of kununurra. it is one of the iconic water crossings of the ord river. it must have been a lot wilder in the past, before the dam was built; now the release of water is controlled and the crossing is deep enough to make it fun but not so…

unregulated.

one challenge we faced when camping off-grid – which is e.g. what you do pretty much all along the gibb – was to keep all our batteries charged. the van is actually not the issue: since we changed our batteries to lithiums we are really never in much danger of running out of power. we…

the gibb – the video.

find below a short video that of course does the gibb no justice at all. it’s not that easy to pop the drone up on the gibb, there is a lot of dust and of course we don’t fly when there are people around or where it is not allowed. anyway, enjoy a few minutes…

staked 2.

i stand corrected. when i rather unwisely opined that there was a choice between comfort and protection from flat tyres i was completely and utterly wrong. the gibb does not care and kills your tyre no matter what pressure you run (actually the gibb is a veritable tyre cemetery: there is a discarded / ruined…

staked.

it had to happen. you obviously can’t travel the gibb and expect to get away scot free. you might get lucky, but don’t expect to. we very nearly did, though, but not quite. i can’t say we weren’t warned: the people we shared a camp fire with last night told us they had a flat…

swimming the gibb.

most people would associate the gibb river road with dust. fair enough, there is plenty of that on the road (i give the air filter a quick clean every couple of days) and even in the camps. nat and her friends were banned from using the skipping rope the other day because it caused a…