Read her latest travel story Tackling the Tanami Track here.
I’ve enjoyed travelling far and wide around the world, but I would much rather spend time in wild places or out at sea than in crowded civilization. In 1986 my sister and her Australian husband sold their house in Melbourne and bought a Landcruiser, a box trailer and a load of camping gear. I took time out from my job, my Dad and I flew across the Tasman to meet them and we set out on a 20,000km, 3 month adventure through the Outback, across the Top End and down the Queensland coast back to Melbourne. It was a wonderful time, filled with numerous adventures. We planned for over a year, reading all we could about the conditions we might face and right from the start contemplated crossing the isolated Tanami Desert via the Tanami Track. It wasn’t until we actually got to the turn-off on the Stuart Highway, the main road from Adelaide to Darwin, that we finally made the decision to tackle the track.