So what is all about? Well... hopefully, by the time we are done, it will be a comprehensive journal about a family of 5 who have travelled around Australia to see the sights and also do some volunteer work around the country! In Mid 2010 we started thinking about what it would take to fulfil a life-long dream... We wanted to bundle up our 3 kids, pack-up the house, jump in the car and hit the road - probably for about 12 months. It sounds so simple ... At the start of January 2013, after almost 15 months on the road; we finally completed Our Big Aussie Road Trip. We hope that you enjoyed following our adventures, trials and tribulations as much as we enjoyed having them!

07 January, 2012

Port Augusta

After leaving Port Pirie we headed up the road to Port Augusta. We drove through a plague of locusts on the way, it was amazing to see and the car and caravan were splatted with locusts, Mike even stuck his hand out the window and caught one to show the kids what they were. It was still so hot, so we opted to stay at the Big 4 in Port Augusta as it had a pool.  After setting up the van we headed to the pool for a refreshing swim before lunch,  we soon discovered that the camp kitchen was enclosed and air conditioned and since our caravan air con was struggling in the heat we enjoyed our lunch in the cool camp kitchen.  After lunch we headed into town our first stop was the water tower lookout and then we went on to the information centre which is the Wadlata Outback Center and we spent about 1 and a half hours looking through the centre and we still hadn't managed to see it all, so we got a pass to return the next day to finish it off and headed back to the van park for another swim and to cook and eat dinner in the camp kitchen.

Climbing the water tower

Port Augusta from the Water Tower Lookout

The Wadlata Outback Centre - Well worth a visit

Sammy driving the mine dump truck

Natalie Pedaling to listen to the school of the air broadcast

Josh the switchboard operator

The next day, we headed out to the Port Augusta airport to have a look at the Royal Flying Doctors,  where we watched a DVD on the Flying Doctors and we even got to have a look at one of the planes as the on call plane hadn't been called out that morning.

The Royal Flying doctor plane

After another swim, we had lunch in the camp kitchen and headed back to the Wadlata Outback centre and managed to spend another hour there.  That evening we enjoyed playing UNO in the air conditioned camp kitchen while dinner cooked, then braved the crowded pool before heading to bed.

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