Sunset, through the prism of the dingo fence…

A spectacular sunset in Outback Australia captured from Stony Hill on Pine View Station.

Pine View Station, located in the Strzelecki Desert approximately 200 kilometres north of Broken Hill, is a sheep station that borders the dingo fence in far-western New South Wales.

Fortunately the property has had some rain in the past couple of months, two-inches, and it is the first rain they have seen in four years…

Photos: Janet & Baz

About us…

We love the colours of the Australian Outback, the red earth touching a blue sky on a faraway horizon; and the fabulous coastline of our sunburnt country, where a golden sandy beach is washed over by a warm turquoise blue sea…

A few years ago we graduated from work and re-entered the classroom of life where an education is guaranteed and all that is needed is an open mind.

Cheers, Baz & Janet

The Corner Country, Outback Australia…

This coming week we are heading out to tour this wonderful part of Australia, although the Corona Virus restrictions will limit our travel to New South Wales only…

Our plan is to meander through Western New South Wales, and then north along the border between New South Wales and South Australia.

There is so much history in the region to explore and with recent rains we expect the country will be in great shape.

Hopefully we’ll get some warmer weather…!

Photos: Janet & Baz

About us…

We love the colours of the Australian Outback, the red earth touching a blue sky on a faraway horizon; and the fabulous coastline of our sunburnt country, where a golden sandy beach is washed over by a warm turquoise blue sea…

A few years ago we graduated from work and re-entered the classroom of life where an education is guaranteed and all that is needed is an open mind.

Cheers, Baz & Janet

An Artifact that survives in the Desert (Broken Hill)

Broken Hill, Australia

Broken Hill is one Australian town that needs very little introduction. Growing from a small mining township in the 1880s it has developed into a large mining and tourism centre.

The town has been described as a living, breathing time-capsule – “an artifact that survives in the desert and waits to be rediscovered with its Art-deco shop fronts from a bygone age and many monuments throughout the town paying homage to the men and women who suffered and died so the town could survive.”

Our overnight stay has not provided us with much of an opportunity to truly explore the town or the nearby town of Silverton on this visit, but there are a couple of things worth knowing that puts some further perspective on the town.

The Great War visited Broken Hill on New Year’s Day, 1915, when two camel drivers loyal to the Ottoman Empire opened fire on a picnic train, killing five men, women, and children in what remains the only act of war to be committed on Australian soil.  You can view where this occurred on a small lane not too far from the Broken Hill caravan park.



Broken Hill, Australia

During the second-world war a large part of Australia’s gold reserves were transferred to the town and away from the coastal capital cities to protect it from the possibility of a Japanese invasion.

And surprisingly, in Sturt Park there stands a monument to the musicians of the ill-fated Titanic that was erected in 1913. It would seem extraordinary that an inland community in Australia has a monument to the tragedy that occurred in the icy-waters of the Atlantic Ocean on the other side of the world…

Standing on the urban boundary we looked westward as the sun drifted low onto the horizon, the town at our back and nothing but the red desert ahead of us, as far as the eye can see.

 Click here to see where Baz, “The Landy” is today…

Photo, Baz – The Landy

Touring the Australian Outback (Where is Baz – The Landy)

National Parks in AustraliaWhilst it may seem I have disappeared from the face of the earth, rest assure, I am alive and kicking, still larger than life, head-down and exercising…

And I have been preparing the troops, and yes, that would be Janet and TomO, for an upcoming adventure into the Australian Outback.

In about one week’s time we will be pointing ourselves westward towards the Flinders Ranges and the Birdsville Track.

In fact, this will be a sentimental journey, of sorts, for us as Brian, my father, longed to take a trip along the “Track” in the footsteps of Tom Kruse, The Outback Mailman.


Many may recall that Brian passed away last year and so as a tribute to him we are making the journey accompanied by my mother, Fay, the love of Dad’s life for near on 60 years! But he’ll be with us….for sure!

Our trip along the Birdsville Track will take us in the footsteps of the famous Australian Outback Mailman, Tom Kruse.

Tom delivered mail to the many cattle stations along the track in a “Blitz Truck” arriving at Birdsville, in far Western Queensland, before loading up for the return trip to Marree. His story is one of human endurance, courage, and perseverance. Despite facing considerable challenges each and every day out on the Track, Tom got the mail through, a lifeline to those who lived and worked in the area…

Before arriving in Birdsville, we will pass through one our most well-known outback towns, Broken Hill, and visit Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Ranges.

Wilpena Pound is an ancient landscape over 800 million years old, a mountain range rising out of the landscape that has the appearance of being an old volcano. It is also home to the Adnyamathanha people.

After a couple of days resting in Birdsville following our trip up the “Track” we will head towards Innamincka, a small locality that is infamous for being the end of the ill-fated Burke and Wills Exploration. 

Passing back down into New South Wales though Wari Gate, we will overnight in Tibooburra and visit the family hotel where the famous Australian artist Clifton Pugh, who once painted a mural on the hotel walls. In fact, he even owned it at one time.

Camp Fire

A favourite place we like to visit is Trilby Station.  Trilby is a working sheep and cattle property on the banks of the famous inland river, the Darling River, and as usual, we will camp by the Billabong. And whilst in the area we will take the time to revisit Toorale National Park to further our knowledge of Australia’s first people.

The Landy + TVAN

And as we make our way back to Sydney via Narromine, Orange, and Bathurst I’m sure there will be plenty of stories to recount from our couple of weeks “Out and About with –  The Landy”.

As we tour I will put up some photographs of the Australian Outback, perhaps just to whet your appetite for a visit, Downunder!

So keep you eye out for those…


Photos: Baz, The Landy

“The Hill” (In search of the real gems)

Broken Hill
The Living Desert


Australia has many outback towns that are full of charm, old buildings, magnificent pubs or watering-holes, and of course, just as many characters to fill them.

There are also some hidden gems to be found, if you scratch the surface deep enough and spend the time to fossick around, talk to the locals who might be just willing to point you in the right direction.

And you can bet there is always some healthy and good natured banter at the coming together of the city and country folk, especially if it is over a cold beer.

An Outback Pub

Broken Hill, a frontier town on the far western border of New South Wales, is one place that will need little introduction to most Australian’s.  A town built on the back of silver and the hard toil of the men who worked the mines, and the women who supported them. It is the original home of the Big Australian, the Broken Hill Proprietary Company, or BHP as it later became known, and the nearby area of Silverton was the site of the Mad Max Movies starring Mel Gibson…

It also has a great pub, The Silverton Hotel!

It was with great anticipation that we drove The Landy into town a couple of weeks ago as it was the staging post for our travels into Mutawintji National Park.

Ancient Land
Mutawintji National Park – An Ancient Land

And speaking of characters, we were able to catch up with a local resident of The Hill, a man who oozed knowledge of the area and a passion for sharing it, over a cold beer of course!

Dave Beharre was aware of a love I have of Broken Hill and the Corner Country region.  Contacting me ahead of our visit, Dave offered information on places that we might find of interest, knowledge collected from the many years spent as a tour guide operating out of Broken Hill.

Outback Australia
The Old Cobb and Co Coach Route – Broken Hill to White Cliffs

TomO, an avid reader, was thrilled to be presented with some books on the area from Dave…

Such is the way of the people of Australia’s outback, a tough, no-nonsense people, embodied with a pioneering spirit and a heart of gold…

And talking about scratching the surface and finding a gem, we visited the Living Desert Reserve just outside of town and situated on a hill that provides majestic views over the harsh, but wonderfully beautiful countryside.

Country of the Wilyakkali People who traditionally occupied the lands around Broken Hill.

The Reserve is set on 2,400 hectares of land and has a number of walking trails that you can traverse. At its centre-piece, perched atop a hill, is a number of sculptures carved from sandstone rock, around 52 tonnes of it brought in from the MacCulloch Ranges, a range situated about 250 kilometres to the east of Broken Hill.

Broken Hill
Living Scultures

The sculptures were completed in 1993 by artists from around the world in collaboration with Australia’s first inhabitants, the aborigines.

The story of the bringing together of all these different people and cultures, sculpting by day and at night, dancing and singing by the glow of a warm fire under a sparkling outback sky, and in tongues native to their own lands, is one that portrays a spirit of human co-operation.

The sculptures include Nhatji – the Rainbow Serpent, Thomasina – the Water bird, the Bride, Motherhood, Moon Goddess, Tiwi Totems, and the Jaguar – Bajo El Sol Jaguar. 

The latter, a creation of an Aztec Sculptor from Mexico.

Diamantina National Park
An Endless Sky and Endless Horizon – Outback Australia

Broken Hill is more than an Outback Town, it is a living beauty, touched by sunrises whose rays reach out to breathe life into the land, and of sunsets that redden the parched, dusty ground with a brilliance that is hard to define, but awe-inspiring as the sun slips below a far-off western horizon…

 Above all else, “The Hill” is a town full of endearing people – they are the real gems that you will find there!

Photos: Baz, The Landy

Simpson Desert – Outback Australia (Which Way?)

Simpson Desert, Outback Australia

Five days, seven-hundred kilometres and almost a thousand sand dunes to go…(and loving it)

photo: Baz – The Landy