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Oceans of Mulga

While the majority of Australians enjoy the comforts of life in built up areas those in their quest for gold lead an entirely different life. The bitumen roads, fast foods, internet, restaurants, electricity for lighting and hot water and huge food stores are envied by those in bush camps a thousand kilometers or more away from the bright lights. The weather extremes are accepted, freezing cold winters and blistering heat in the summer are dealt with by fire or a twelve volt fan, life under canvas certainly has its moments. Recently I joined some mates dry blowing for fine gold south east of Wiluna in the desert country of  WA.  Our neighbors, camels, dingoes and roos make their way down...

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Carawine Gorge WA

The Western Australian Pilbara region has many secret spots that require hours behind the wheel if you wish to visit and enjoy them. One such place east of Marble Bar, in fact 250 K’s east on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert is Carawine Gorge. This is an amazing spot to visit as the trip out into such isolated regions doesn’t prepare you for the impact the views this Gorge has to offer. Carawine Gorge is the head waters of the Oakover River which runs for two hundred k”s there a bouts and then becomes the De Grey River. This year recent winter rain falls had the surrounding country looking its best for many years and plenty of deep...

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Marble Bar Races 2015

I headed North on a prospecting trip from Kalgoorlie to the Pilbra leaving the cold winter months behind and looking forward to the winter weather that those living above the tropic of Capricorn enjoy so much. Nights of 15-20 degrees and clear sunny days of 25-30 with very little wind is just perfect. I arrived at Marble Bar a week prior to the races to find some gold and help pay for the trip, it was quite different country from the southern goldfields but I still managed to find gold close by town on leases held by the the town for prospectors travelling through the region. The service station which is also the general store, the grocery store and the...

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Halls Creek Rodeo and Draft.

 The first event on the Western Australian run was a rodeo and camp draft at Halls Creek. This small town is situated 380 k's south of Kununurra on the Great Northern Highway, real Kimberley country and a pretty staunch mob reside out this way and they have to be, it's a long way from anywhere so are somewhat isolated, they just get on with life the way they know best. We were given a warm welcome on arrival and told that if we needed assistance in any way then just give them a call. That's how it happens in the outback. Down south they don't even say hello, instead its, you can't park there, tie your dog up and make sure...

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The Northern Territory run.

]  It was time to hit the road again leaving the cold dusty Brunette racetrack behind and looking forward to the park like show grounds of Alice Springs. It was a 680 k drive and I was travelling with Steve Arney from Circle B so we didn't rush off and planned to camp at the old Barrow Creek race course, get a fire going and have a few quiet beers then enjoy an easy mornings drive into Alice next day. This was a very pleasant change from the last five days on the Barkly. With the Alice show a week and a half away I had plenty of time to catch up much needed repairs and maintenance to the truck and gooseneck. Firstly I...

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