The desert blooms in springtime

Day one – crawling north to Emerald Heading north to Emerald. Why is day one never easy?

Emerald to Winton is a long drive We can’t stay in Longreach – so it’s off to Winton

There’s more to Winton than dinosaurs We visit the famous “dinosaur stampede”, the Waltzing Matilda museum and the local pub

We’re really in the outback now, heading for Mt Isa Through the outback to the Isa

A wonderful cruise up a few gorges We stop at Katherine and take a trip along Nitmiluk – the Katherine Gorge

An ancient land Through the Kimberley red rock country to Kununurra

Ord River buzz We take a high speed trip along the Ord River

The mighty Fitzroy River A night at Fitzroy Crossing

Never smile at a crocodile Malcolm Douglas’s croc park

A trip to Horizontal Falls WEEEEEEEEE A highlight of the trip – Horizontal Falls, a freak of nature

Sandfire Flats, a highlight of the day Heading south we stop at Sandfire Flats – and some long-forgotten memories

Some motels are crummier than others  The mining town of Karratha didn’t impress – but Python’s Pool did

That’s one ticked off the bucket list A visit to the Abrolhos Islands, where the Batavia went down

We’re coming towards Perth  We’re heading south, along Perth’s Northern outskirts. The memories come flooding back as we take a look at Fremantle and the Maritime Museum

Heading for the hills – off to Albany South from Perth, through the Darling Ranges and on to Albany

Along the coast to Esperance Visiting friends at beautiful Esperance.

Crossing the nullarbor We’re heading home across the Nullarbor, lots of flat expanse, straight roads – and a tourist trap

A night in Bourke We stop in refurbished accommodation in the historic river port of Bourke