Remote…deep in the Australian Outback!

Canning Stock Route

Remote..

Immersed deep in the Australian Outback…

Photo: Baz – The Landy

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A Yarn Around the Camp Fire

The Camp Fire

“A Yarn Around the Camp Fire” is an opportunity for you to take a front-seat ride in “The Landy” as it heads into some of the most remote parts of Australia, for that matter – the world.

After all, Australia’s remote location on the globe is matched equally by the remoteness of its sparsely  populated outback…

It will be a journey that will take us across our sunburnt land towards Uluru and beyond to the Central Deserts of Western Australia…

We’ll travel to a place where time has forgotten, where the hot scorching sun parches a landscape that is as beautiful as it is rugged. A country inhabited over the millennia by Australian Aborigines and crossed in more contemporary times by explorers’ who challenged themselves to discover what was in the Australian interior.

You will get a camp fire view of the setting sun as it slips gently below an orange tainted horizon, and if you are an early bird, watch a rising sun cast its first rays of light over the windswept land, a mug of piping hot tea in hand.

But for sure, you’ll get to experience the teeth shattering corrugations of the Great Central Road as “The Landy” makes its way westward, and at day’s end, quietly slip into a deep slumber under “The Milky Way”.

During the next few weeks “The Landy” will cover over 10,000-kilometres across a landscape that will transport me from the urban living of Australia’s largest city, Sydney, across the Australian Bush and into the vibrant and colourful Australian Outback.

Now perhaps there will be some who are thinking, is this city slicker meets the outback?

Crikey, who knows…

Mind you, I’m as comfortable in the outback as I am crossing the Sydney Harbour Bridge on the daily commute to the office, having travelled to many remote parts over the years flying light aircraft or driving “The Landy” – our mode of transport that has morphed as time advanced.

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Okay, I do agree, the good old ‘Fender hasn’t changed much in the past 50 years, seemingly, so we’ll just say I use the term “morphed” sparingly.

And despite the opportunity to view the magnificent Sydney Harbour each day, I won’t miss that daily dodgem car run!

But I am digressing…

Along the way I will be travelling with a group of like-minded people, sharing a few laughs around the camp fire and I’m sure, fixing almost as many punctured tyres as there are flies buzzing around.  Importantly, I will be spending time with the Traditional Owners and Elders of the Birriliburu Country to assist them in building some “back to country” infrastructure.

Our travel will be along remote tracks that are covered in spinifex grass and frequently travelling where no tracks exist, where a never ending blue sky caresses the ochre-red earth on a faraway horizon.

And don’t go worrying if you haven’t heard from me for a while, rest assured, I’ll be around the camp fire at day’s end, recounting, laughing, and dreaming!

Whilst we live in a modern society with plenty of gadgets to keep us all in contact, sometimes they just don’t work in the Australian Outback – well that is what I told my boss anyway, so best I continue to run with that story…

I’ll welcome your company in the front seat of “The Landy” as the journey unfolds and don’t worry about long lapses of silence, it’s okay –  the sounds of the Australian Outback will more than compensate for the lack of chatter!

And if you are stuck at home in-the-armchair, be sure to drop by every so often, I’ll be updating the blog as the journey unfolds and you can check out where I am as “The Landy” rolls along the bulldust by simply clicking on the “Map – Where is The Landy” tab at the top of the page.

Anyway it is almost time to get under way, so buckle yourself in and give Mrs Landy and the Crown Prince, TomO, a wave good-bye…

Photos: Baz – The Landy

Crikey – Win an authentic Aussie Akubra Hat (Design a Logo)

Outback Australia
Old Cars in Outback Australia

At the risk of looking like I am casting off an old friend, a tried and trusted travelling companion, who has stood by me through thick and thin, good and bad…the highs and lows!

I’m selling The Landy…

Yep, that’s right, trading it in for a fancy new Toyota…

The Landy - Out and About
The Landy – Out and About

Phew…that rolled off the tongue just a little too easy.

Crikey, just having a read over that and realised you might have been thinking what is Baz doing with Janet, or heaven forbid, TomO.

Nah, rest assured, I have no better outback travelling companions in the world, besides Janet’s camp oven scones are to die for and TomO’s energy is infectious.

Camp Oven Scones
Janet’s camp oven scones

But after a number of years of great service and tours and despite a couple of teething problems here and there, it’s time to retire The Landy…

As we are running out of driveway space both The Landy and Red Rover are under the auctioneer’s hammer…

Okay, shoosh, I might keep Red Rover, but crikey, don’t tell Janet…

Red Rover, The other Defender
Red Rover, The other Defender

But therein lies a bit of a dilemma for me.

I have been called Baz – The Landy for as long as I can remember.

When we take delivery of our brand new Toyota 79 Series Dual-Cab, which, incidentally is still on the boat in a shipping container coming from Japan, what will I call myself and the vehicle?

I mean “Baz, The Toyota” or “Baz, The Toy” doesn’t quite work…

Um… Baz, The Toy, hey?

Seriously, great real…

Just keep calling me, Baz -The Landy, okay.

In fact, you can call me anything you like, just don’t call me cheap!

Yes, hold your horses, I’m getting to the how you can win bit.  strewth, talk about an impatient mob. 

I have to come up with a name for the new truck, which will look just like this one once completed and in the same colour…

Toyota 79 Series Dual Cab
Toyota 79 Series Dual Cab

So here is the deal…

How about you blokes’ and sheilas’ that pop into here to see what I’m raving on about from time to time suggest some names for the new Truck.

And if you’re artistic, how about designing a logo that can go on the gull-wing doors of the canopy.

A logo that represents what we are about and reflecting our interest in travelling the Australian Outback..

By the Billabong, Outback Australia
By the Billabong, Outback Australia

Yeah, good point, I’m not sure either on “what we are about” so I can see how it might be hard for you – just wing it, okay!

Put your thinking caps on, send me your thoughts on a name in the comments section following, and if you have a logo in mind email it to me at thelandy@optusnet.com.au

The only condition on the logo is it must be as Australian as a Chiko Roll, okay?

Hurry up then, go back and click on the link if you don’t know what a chiko roll is…

But I’ll let you in on a little secret, they are the best thing since sliced bread…

Yes, I know, some of you don’t live in Australia, strewth we can’t all be that lucky, but just use some imagination.

And yeah, sure, have a couple of cocktails and grab the kids colouring in crayons, whatever works best… at least I’ve given you a new reason to throw a couple back!

Janet, TomO and I will review them and decide on the winning name and logo…

Winning?

Yeah, you’ve put the cocktail down now we’ve got to this bit, haven’t you?

So here we go, I will send the winner of the name and the winner of the logo the following…

  • A jar of our prized Australian Vegemite,
  • A packet of Tim Tams, okay two packets and a gym membership to work em’ back off your hips,
  • A bottle of our famous Bundy Rum that will clinch it for some of you, and
  • An autographed picture of me in my budgie smugglers, sorry just kiddin’ -I’ve handed so many out recently I’ve run out.

But, that’s not all, so I’ll tell you what

Because I’m a bloody good bloke, if you come up with the winning logo design I’m going to throw in an authentic Akubra Outback Club Hat“.

Strewth, they’re worth a small fortune and you’ll be the envy of all, but hey, you lot are worth it…well some of you maybe

Of course, I will ensure there are plenty of pictures taken of the new truck Out and About in the Australian Outback with the winners’ entries blazoned all over it.

And, just for the record, ’cause I don’t want the art police pulling me over in the outback accusing me of stealing your design, I get to emblazon it over the vehicle, okay! that sorts out the LA Law and Boston Legal wannabes

So get cracking you lot…

Appropriately, we will decide the winners sitting around an outback camp fire on our upcoming trip to the Outback in September…

Around the fire - Trilby Station, Outback Australia
Around the fire – Outback Australia

So you’ve got about a month, and hey, don’t be like TomO with his homework and leave it till the last night, okay!

And if you are willing how about re-blogging this among your mates or sharing it with your friends on facebook, they might be interested! if you’ve got any mates or friends to share it with

And remember, if all else fails, just remain out of control and enjoy yourself…

Baz - The Landy (hiding the budgie smugglers!)
Baz – The “Toy” Landy (hiding the budgie smugglers?)

 

photos by: Baz-The Landy, Janet Planet and TOmO

Crikey – Win an authentic Aussie Akubra Hat (Design a Logo)

Outback Australia
Old Cars in Outback Australia

 

At the risk of looking like I am casting off an old friend, a tried and trusted travelling companion, who has stood by me through thick and thin, good and bad…the highs and lows!

I’m selling The Landy…

Yep, that’s right, trading it in for a fancy new Toyota…

The Landy - Out and About
The Landy – Out and About

Phew…that rolled off the tongue just a little too easy.

Crikey, just having a read over that and realised you might have been thinking what is Baz doing with Janet, or heaven forbid, TomO.

Nah, rest assured, I have no better outback travelling companions in the world, besides Janet’s camp oven scones are to die for and TomO’s energy is infectious.

Camp Oven Scones
Janet’s camp oven scones

But after a number of years of great service and tours and despite a couple of teething problems here and there, it’s time to retire The Landy…

As we are running out of driveway space both The Landy and Red Rover are under the auctioneer’s hammer…

Okay, shoosh, I might keep Red Rover, but crikey, don’t tell Janet…

Red Rover, The other Defender
Red Rover, The other Defender

But therein lies a bit of a dilemma for me.

I have been called Baz – The Landy for as long as I can remember.

When we take delivery of our brand new Toyota 79 Series Dual-Cab, which, incidentally is still on the boat in a shipping container coming from Japan, what will I call myself and the vehicle?

I mean “Baz, The Toyota” or “Baz, The Toy” doesn’t quite work…

Um… Baz, The Toy, hey?

Seriously, great real…

Just keep calling me, Baz -The Landy, okay.

In fact, you can call me anything you like, just don’t call me cheap!

Yes, hold your horses, I’m getting to the how you can win bit.  strewth, talk about an impatient mob. 

I have to come up with a name for the new truck, which will look just like this one once completed and in the same colour…

Toyota 79 Series Dual Cab
Toyota 79 Series Dual Cab

So here is the deal…

How about you blokes’ and sheilas’ that pop into here to see what I’m raving on about from time to time suggest some names for the new Truck.

And if you’re artistic, how about designing a logo that can go on the gull-wing doors of the canopy.

A logo that represents what we are about and reflecting our interest in travelling the Australian Outback..

By the Billabong, Outback Australia
By the Billabong, Outback Australia

Yeah, good point, I’m not sure either on “what we are about” so I can see how it might be hard for you – just wing it, okay!

Put your thinking caps on, send me your thoughts on a name in the comments section following, and if you have a logo in mind email it to me at thelandy@optusnet.com.au

The only condition on the logo is it must be as Australian as a Chiko Roll, okay?

Hurry up then, go back and click on the link if you don’t know what a chiko roll is…

But I’ll let you in on a little secret, they are the best thing since sliced bread…

Yes, I know, some of you don’t live in Australia, strewth we can’t all be that lucky, but just use some imagination.

And yeah, sure, have a couple of cocktails and grab the kids colouring in crayons, whatever works best… at least I’ve given you a new reason to throw a couple back!

Janet, TomO and I will review them and decide on the winning name and logo…

Winning?

Yeah, you’ve put the cocktail down now we’ve got to this bit, haven’t you?

So here we go, I will send the winner of the name and the winner of the logo the following…

  • A jar of our prized Australian Vegemite,
  • A packet of Tim Tams, okay two packets and a gym membership to work em’ back off your hips,
  • A bottle of our famous Bundy Rum that will clinch it for some of you, and
  • An autographed picture of me in my budgie smugglers, sorry just kiddin’ -I’ve handed so many out recently I’ve run out.

But, that’s not all, so I’ll tell you what

Because I’m a bloody good bloke, if you come up with the winning logo design I’m going to throw in an authentic Akubra Outback Club Hat“.

Strewth, they’re worth a small fortune and you’ll be the envy of all, but hey, you lot are worth it…well some of you maybe

Of course, I will ensure there are plenty of pictures taken of the new truck Out and About in the Australian Outback with the winners’ entries blazoned all over it.

And, just for the record, ’cause I don’t want the art police pulling me over in the outback accusing me of stealing your design, I get to emblazon it over the vehicle, okay! that sorts out the LA Law and Boston Legal wannabes

So get cracking you lot…

Appropriately, we will decide the winners sitting around an outback camp fire on our upcoming trip to the Outback in September…

Around the fire - Trilby Station, Outback Australia
Around the fire – Outback Australia

So you’ve got about a month, and hey, don’t be like TomO with his homework and leave it till the last night, okay!

And if you are willing how about re-blogging this among your mates or sharing it with your friends on facebook, they might be interested! if you’ve got any mates or friends to share it with

And remember, if all else fails, just remain out of control and enjoy yourself…

Baz - The Landy (hiding the budgie smugglers!)
Baz – The “Toy” Landy (hiding the budgie smugglers?)

 

photos by: Baz-The Landy, Janet Planet and TOmO

Crikey – Win an authentic Aussie Akubra Hat (Design a Logo)

Outback Australia
Old Cars in Outback Australia

At the risk of looking like I am casting off an old friend, a tried and trusted travelling companion, who has stood by me through thick and thin, good and bad…the highs and lows!

I’m selling The Landy…

Yep, that’s right, trading it in for a fancy new Toyota…

The Landy - Out and About
The Landy – Out and About

Phew…that rolled off the tongue just a little too easy.

Crikey, just having a read over that and realised you might have been thinking what is Baz doing with Janet, or heaven forbid, TomO.

Nah, rest assured, I have no better outback travelling companions in the world, besides Janet’s camp oven scones are to die for and TomO’s energy is infectious.

Camp Oven Scones
Janet’s camp oven scones

But after a number of years of great service and tours and despite a couple of teething problems here and there, it’s time to retire The Landy…

As we are running out of driveway space both The Landy and Red Rover are under the auctioneer’s hammer…

Okay, shoosh, I might keep Red Rover, but crikey, don’t tell Janet…

Red Rover, The other Defender
Red Rover, The other Defender

But therein lies a bit of a dilemma for me.

I have been called Baz – The Landy for as long as I can remember.

When we take delivery of our brand new Toyota 79 Series Dual-Cab, which, incidentally is still on the boat in a shipping container coming from Japan, what will I call myself and the vehicle?

I mean “Baz, The Toyota” or “Baz, The Toy” doesn’t quite work…

Um… Baz, The Toy, hey?

Seriously, great real…

Just keep calling me, Baz -The Landy, okay.

In fact, you can call me anything you like, just don’t call me cheap!

Yes, hold your horses, I’m getting to the how you can win bit.  strewth, talk about an impatient mob. 

I have to come up with a name for the new truck, which will look just like this one once completed and in the same colour…

Toyota 79 Series Dual Cab
Toyota 79 Series Dual Cab

So here is the deal…

How about you blokes’ and sheilas’ that pop into here to see what I’m raving on about from time to time suggest some names for the new Truck.

And if you’re artistic, how about designing a logo that can go on the gull-wing doors of the canopy.

A logo that represents what we are about and reflecting our interest in travelling the Australian Outback..

By the Billabong, Outback Australia
By the Billabong, Outback Australia

Yeah, good point, I’m not sure either on “what we are about” so I can see how it might be hard for you – just wing it, okay!

Put your thinking caps on, send me your thoughts on a name in the comments section following, and if you have a logo in mind email it to me at thelandy@optusnet.com.au

The only condition on the logo is it must be as Australian as a Chiko Roll, okay?

Hurry up then, go back and click on the link if you don’t know what a chiko roll is…

But I’ll let you in on a little secret, they are the best thing since sliced bread…

Yes, I know, some of you don’t live in Australia, strewth we can’t all be that lucky, but just use some imagination.

And yeah, sure, have a couple of cocktails and grab the kids colouring in crayons, whatever works best… at least I’ve given you a new reason to throw a couple back!

Janet, TomO and I will review them and decide on the winning name and logo…

Winning?

Yeah, you’ve put the cocktail down now we’ve got to this bit, haven’t you?

So here we go, I will send the winner of the name and the winner of the logo the following…

  • A jar of our prized Australian Vegemite,
  • A packet of Tim Tams, okay two packets and a gym membership to work em’ back off your hips,
  • A bottle of our famous Bundy Rum that will clinch it for some of you, and
  • An autographed picture of me in my budgie smugglers, sorry just kiddin’ -I’ve handed so many out recently I’ve run out.

But, that’s not all, so I’ll tell you what

Because I’m a bloody good bloke, if you come up with the winning logo design I’m going to throw in an authentic Akubra Outback Club Hat“.

Strewth, they’re worth a small fortune and you’ll be the envy of all, but hey, you lot are worth it…well some of you maybe

Of course, I will ensure there are plenty of pictures taken of the new truck Out and About in the Australian Outback with the winners’ entries blazoned all over it.

And, just for the record, ’cause I don’t want the art police pulling me over in the outback accusing me of stealing your design, I get to emblazon it over the vehicle, okay! that sorts out the LA Law and Boston Legal wannabes

So get cracking you lot…

Appropriately, we will decide the winners sitting around an outback camp fire on our upcoming trip to the Outback in September…

Around the fire - Trilby Station, Outback Australia
Around the fire – Outback Australia

So you’ve got about a month, and hey, don’t be like TomO with his homework and leave it till the last night, okay!

And if you are willing how about re-blogging this among your mates or sharing it with your friends on facebook, they might be interested! if you’ve got any mates or friends to share it with

And remember, if all else fails, just remain out of control and enjoy yourself…

Baz - The Landy (hiding the budgie smugglers!)
Baz – The “Toy” Landy (hiding the budgie smugglers?)

 

photos by: Baz-The Landy, Janet Planet and TOmO

Brekkie’s On (Outback Australia Style…)

Brekkie's On (Outback Australia)

Standing around an open fire, having a few laughs, cooking up brekkie!

Strewth, you wouldn’t want to be “dead for quids”…who’s hungry?

photo: Baz, The Landy