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Kimba – Halfway Across Australia

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Kimba’s claim to fame has been that it’s β€˜Halfway across Australia’ but now you’d have to add, home to stunning silo art, a clever shopping precinct, bushland walking trail, sculptures and views, a brilliant free camp and the friendliest folk to boot.

Kimba is 465 kilometres north west of Adelaide on the Eyre Peninsula and a good stopping point on the way to Ceduna or the Head of the Bight for whale watching season.Β 

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Stuart Highway Adelaide to Darwin – the Stats

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For those planning a driving holiday along the Stuart Highway which runs from south to north of Australia, here are a few facts and figures as they stacked up for us on a 4 week (25 day) getaway. Our travelling β€˜rig’ is a Toyota Landcruiser 200 series V8 diesel, and our caravan is a 22ft Jayco Silverline.

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Adelaide River War Cemetery

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To me, an important part of holidaying is to delve into the history of places to really gain an insight into how and why towns and cities were established and the stories of the people who lived and died there. Adelaide River is a little over an hour from Darwin in the Northern Territory and the role this location played in Australia’s war time history can’t be understated.

During WWII the conflict was brought to Australian soil when the city of Darwin was bombed by the Japanese on the 19th of February 1942. On that day, 240 people including many civilians were killed.

Following that attack, military unit camps were established at Adelaide River,and tens of thousands of troops were stationed there.

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Darwin Street Art

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Everyone is heading to northern Australia at this time of year, escaping the cold wintery conditions of the south, and this year in particular there are more people than ever travelling.

I’ve written a recent piece for CamperMate on the journey north which is dubbed, The Explorers Way, which you can read about here. For interest sake I did a tally as we were travelling for part of the trip and in just a one hour section of the journey, I counted 92 caravans / camper trailers / holiday makers heading north! I can certainly see the appeal and even though it seems extremely busy, there are plenty of free camping options and road side parking areas to enjoy the trip.

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Scrap Metal Motorcycle Sculpture

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IMG_2758On a recent visit to the South Coast Regional Art Centre some quirky fish sculptures created by local Goolwa artist James Stewart, were part of the exhibition. The scrap metal fish were cleverly created from timber, scrap metal, paint brushes and other recycled pieces. The artist has also created some larger scale sculptures that can be found in the Fleurieu region including a memorial piece in the town of Strathalbyn. View the pictures →

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Caught Inside: a Story of Survival

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Caught Inside BookEarlier this year I wrote a blog post on an incredible book, the true story of South Australian shark attack survivor, Chris Blowes.

His miraculous recovery continues, and here’s an interesting addition to his story in the following recent news article. View the pictures →

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