May 2003

After replacing the tires and some minor maintenance in Darwin I explored Kakadu NP and Katharine Gorge, before heading over to the famous Gib-river-road. It brought me to Broome and some emergency repairs after which I followed the west-coast down to Port Headland to turn inland for the hottest town of the continent and the weirdest scenery in karijini NP. Followed by rain I tried to escape south to the Nulabor which I crossed but only at Port Augusta it stayed dry again. From there north towards Alice Springs with a small desert D-tour to Oodnadata and later Uluru, the Olga's and Kings Canyon. After fitting a fresh set of tires tires in Alice Springs the course was north via the Devils Marbles and later east into the north Queensland cattle-area where I worked as a cowboy for a month at Gilberton station. Going halfway up cape York and again running for the rain, south along the coast and some inland mountain-ranges to Coonabarabran and Sydney on the way to Melbourne and the Great Ocean Road. Via the Grampians back north to Sydney to find passage to the next continent South America.