An old mate of mine has just returned from a six months round Australia road trip and he has sent me a real horde of images of places and things he and I are familiar with. I haven’t asked him yet for details of his camera and lenses but it’s on the agenda for when he and I get together soon.

I’ve picked a few of his photos so you can get an idea of what our outback is really like.

As one photo so accurately tells it, always be prepared.

I’m sorry he sent me so many photos because now I want to roll out the swag and the rest of the gear, turn off the computer and head out into the back blocks and really recharge the internal batteries.

Oh well,perhaps next year.


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  1. Whoa! The wall of rain and the orange sky… stunning photos! Thanks for the glimpse. Are there any cell phone towers or satellites? Can you call for help until your battery runs out?

  2. Our mobile phone network in the outback is very patchy, so much so that there are signs on some outback roads bearing the words, ‘Moblie phone access next 80 kms’. 50 miles is not a great distance where we prefer to think of driving time, not distance. Sat phones are well catered for but many of us prefer to use HF radios for outback communication as we can also use them to access land line phone telephone numbers through our individual call signs.
    It’s more fun too and we have to remind the person called to dial in a specific number we give them at the call’s end otherwise the line is not hung up and it costs us heaps.

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