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Images from an Australia Outback road trip

by Michael on February 11, 2012

We love road trips. Most of the ones we’ve taken in the past have involved cruising America on old roads like Route 66 and the Lincoln Highway. But driving in the Australia Outback presents the ultimate road trip challenge. Towns and gas stations are hundreds of miles apart. At dusk, kangaroos turn the highway into a marsupial obstacle course. The harsh conditions and endless terrain even formed the backdrop to the post-apocalyptic Mad Max movies.

Perhaps our rental car, a bright red sports sedan with a rear spoiler wasn’t the best vehicle to attack the Outback with. But it was a Holden, an Australian-made car which has in its genes the ability to weather all conditions. It handled the dusty roads and orange Martian landscape like the native that it is. Here are a few images from our three-week drive across the Australia Outback.

Silverton churches

Two churches from the 1880s remain in the ghost town of Silverton.

Australia Outback

Some of the toilet facilities are a bit dated.

Australia Outback kangaroo warning sign

The sign should leave off the mileage marker since kangaroos are everywhere.

Australia Outback kangaroos

The roads become dangerous at dusk when kangaroos start bounding across them.

Outback shoe tree

A different kind of shoe tree, no doubt placed here by bored drivers.

Australian outback water tower

After a few hours of nothing even a lonely water tower becomes a pleasant diversion.

Australian Outback butcher

The harsh conditions haven't been kind to some towns whose glory days are in the past.

Trip planning is essential.

Outback Volkswagens Silverton

Occasionally we'd see some unusual artwork.

The endless landscape can lull a driver to sleep.

Outback sunset (510x413)

Another day of driving is just about over on the Australian Outback.

What are your favorite road trips?

John Discepoli February 11, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Was your Holden equipped with silent whistles to ward off the kangaroos? That was a common practice years ago.

My favorite roadtrip was upon college graduation going across the US with a friend, only a pup tent for lodging. The best part was Arches National Park near Moab, Utah crossing lots of Native American lands and the Grand Canyon.

Us February 11, 2012 at 9:04 pm

We did buy some cheap whistles called “shoo roos” which we attached to the bumper. Some people say all they do is wake up the roos that are sleeping and send them bounding across the road. We don’t know if they work but we didn’t hit one. We did have a few close calls though.

Barbara February 13, 2012 at 2:28 am

Hi Michael & Larissa,
I enjoyed the road photo trip very much 🙂
I have never done a real road trip. My hubby and I want to discover NZ in the future, by doing a big long road trip.That is in our travel bucket.
I looks like you had “fun,fun, fun” in those hot red wheels.

Enjoy!

Us February 13, 2012 at 3:34 am

Hi Barbara,

We highly recommend NZ for a road trip too. We drove the length of the Southern Scenic Route.We’re workig on a newspaper article about that and will post some pics in the future. It has it all: mountains, glaciers, rain forest and even some desert.

Anne February 20, 2012 at 4:09 am

It looks like you had a great driving trip. After going on a similar trip last year I felt deja vu looking at your photos. I remember the shoe tree!! I am pretty sure it was somewhere between Cobar and Broken Hill… which is only about 500 km to drive to find it again…

Us February 20, 2012 at 9:45 am

You’re right, it’s between Cobar and Broken Hill. Now do you remember what object people place on the tree next to it?

Anne March 23, 2012 at 3:30 am

Was it a bra tree?

Us March 26, 2012 at 7:02 am

You’re right. There is one tree with glass bottles and next to it is a tree with hats and bras.

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