We had an early morning start as we have quite a few km to cover on the first few days. There are a few ways we could have headed to Birdsville, but of course we are picking the off-road way!
Although the day was predominantly driving, we did make time for a stop in Nyngan to visit The Big Bogan! Australia has so many ‘Big Things’ and we keep a list on our website of all that we visit, so a quick stop was definitely on the cards.
We ended up driving for exactly 12 hours and found a place to free camp down a little track off the side of the road.
Not another person in sight all night and the whole place to ourselves, A great first night camping after a long day.
Campfire, beers and prawns cooked over the fire …. yeah life is pretty good!
The Great Central Road is known as “Australia’s longest shortcut” and runs from Laverton in WA to Winton in QLD.
We have done the other half of it so this time we traveled from Laverton to Uluru over the past 3 days. You do need permits to travel this road as it runs through Aboriginal land, we had to get a permit to travel on the WA side and another one to travel the NT side!
This road also happens to be home to the worlds longest geocacheing trail.
Condition wise, the road on the WA side wasn’t too bad at all, but the Northern Territory side was pretty bad, very corrugated and holes and dips everywhere! The Prado and Cub just took it in its stride though, they were both made for this!There are a few points of interest along the GCR and one of them is Lasseter’s Cave. Lewis Harold Bell Lasseter was a gold prospector in the area and became stranded when his camels deserted him in January 1931, leaving him with no provisions. He sheltered in the cave alongside the river for 25 days waiting for his rescue party, but no one came. When we crossed back over the Northern Territory border, we knew we were officially on our way home 😞The last two nights we had free camps on the side off the road. Nothing beats a good camp like this, peaceful, quiet and free! There are always plenty of places to camp, you just need to find them. We used our WikiCamps app to find these two and we were happy with both.
Free camping day 1 – This was a nice quiet spot but basically just a rest area. There was one other vehicle already there when we arrived but there was plenty of room for the both of us.
Free camping Day 2 – this spot was perfect! The view was amazing and the colours changing on the ranges as the sun set was beautiful. There wasn’t too much firewood around but we managed to make a small campfire. There was no one else around, except some dingos! We had the whole area to ourselves from when we arrived about 4pm until we left the next morning.Below is a view of our amazing campsite!
Who says you can’t eat well while camping, this was our dinner in the bush, chilli and garlic scollaps and prawns, with mango chilli chutney!