Tag Archives: SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Craptastic finds: The BIG things

I don’t know why, but Australia seems to have this fascination with BIG things… like really weird and slightly crap big icons. There are dozens of these big things around the country (although, a large concentration of them do seem to be in Queensland and New South Wales… go figure); the big banana, the big pineapple, the big merino… the list goes on.  We make them tourist destinations and they’re so Craptastic that people actually stop at them, or in my case, make quite large detours to seek them out. Continue reading

A change of plan on These (muddy) Roads

See that road closure sign up there? See all the red ‘closed’ signs? They’re the roads I was supposed to be spending the last 3 days driving on… however, it seems that mother nature had other ideas for my 4WD-ing buddy Phil, and I.  You see mother nature decided to wait until the precise moment that our car left the bitumen and hit the dirt tracks  until she unleashed  her best desert rain storm upon outback south Australia, giving much of this vast region a thorough soaking and causing road closures left right and centre. Continue reading

Frank ‘The Chook Bloke’ Turton: Jewel of the Murray

A lot of people have told me I’ll meet some pretty interesting characters during my 6 weeks in South Australia.  It’s not that South Australians are any more wacky than the rest of the country, it’s just that so many of the places I’ll be visiting are small towns, often quite remote, and if any of the accounts I’ve heard are to be believed, it’s places like these where those great Aussie characters are found.

So yes, I fully expected to meet some funny country folk. What I didn’t expect was that I’d meet one less than an hour after arriving in the state! Roadies, let me tell you about Frank ‘The Chook Bloke’ Turton, the man I consider to be the Jewel of the Murray. Continue reading