The trip around Australia took a little over 5 months. Departure was in August, 2004 when I left in my un-restored 1951, MM model, side valve, Morris Minor. Apart from an engine change a few days before I left, very few preparations were made prior to departure. I just woke up one morning and something told me that it was time to hit the road in old Hewie. I packed a bag with a couple of changes of clothes, a tent and my tool box and I was on my way.
In the following story I talk about life on the road, people I met,
hotels and camp grounds I stayed at. And of course the breakdowns and
pit stops. I thought there'd be more problems. Either I was just lucky
or Morris Minors really are the great little cars all their owners,
including me, constant tell the world.
List of Images
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|Byron Bay, New South Wales||The big mandarine at Biloela, Queensland.
|Loading hay onto the railway by hand at Monto, Queensland, Australia, September 2004.||Outback pub in the Queensland town of Mingela between Rockhampton and Mt Morgan|
|Quiet street scene in Mt Morgan, Queensland||The Leichhardt Hotel, Mt. Morgan, Queensland|
|The Mt Morgan railway station, Mt Morgan, Queensland||Hunslett locomotive, Mt Morgan, Qld, Australia.|
|The Hunslett loco with her single carriage at Mt Morgan station, Queensland||Firing the Hunslett, Mt Morgan Qld, Australia.
|An acid pool - the old gold mine at Mt Morgan, Qld, Australia||Drumming up a crowd for the boxing tent at the annual Mount Morgan Agricultural Show, August 2004.|
|A young pugilist waits for his chance in the boxing tent. Mount Morgan Annual Show 2004||Boxing tent at the Mount Morgan show, Queensland
|A right hook at the Bell's boxing tent at the Mount Morgan show||With John the walker at Belyando Crossing, Queensland, Australia|
|Balyando Crossing service station. Queensland, Australia
||Charters Towers, Queensland, Australia, 2004.
|The 1948 model FX Holden||Sugar cane tram in Ingham Queensland, Australia.
|Repairs in Malanda, Queensland.
||Tapping out a new thread for the exhaust stud.|
|Mission Beach, North Queensland||A blown radiator hose just before Prairie, Queensland.|
|The hotel at Prairie, Queensland, Australia||Prairie, Queensland, Australia|
|Bob replacing the old radiator hose at Prairie while Hazel looks on.||Bob and Hazel with their Ford Prefect. Prairie,
|The Grand Hotel in Hughendon, Queensland.||Hughendon, Queensland, Australia 2004|
|The F.J Holden Cafe in Hughendon, Queensland.||Frank J Holden, the proprietor of the F.J Holden cafe in
|Richmond, Queensland, Australia.||The one locust that Hewie caught during a locust
plague near Julia Creek, Queensland, Australia.
|View from the top verandah at the Julia Creek Hotel.||Welcome to Cloncurry, Queensland.|
|Welcome to Mount Isa||
|Roadside stop to check the water and oil. The water is
||The Barkly Highway.
|Goodbye Bertha (the car) heads for the junk yard. Blown motor.||Three-ways, where the Barkly highway from Queensland
Stuart highway in the Northern Territory, Australia.
|Junction Hotel at Newcastle Waters, Northern Territory,
||Daly Waters, Northern Territory, Australia|
|The bar at the Daly Waters Hotel in the Northern Territory, Australia||The remains of the Larrimah Railway Station in 2004.|
|Larrimah Hotel, Larrimah, Northern Territory, Australia. Picture taken in September 2004.||The quad and members of the Friends of The Northern Territory Railway. Larrimah, Northern Territory 2004|
|Lunch with the railway enthusiasts and Northern Territory historians at the Larrimah Hotel, NT||Changing the points the points the hard way, Larrimah, Northern Territory, Australia|
|Larrimah N.T. yard, or what's left of it.
|All there is left of a town once known as Birdum in the
Picture taken in September 2004.
|Water tank at Birdum, Northern Territory, Australia.|
|Remains of Birdum station
||A Northern Territory sunset
|The Adelaide River Railway station at Adelaide River, Northern Territory, Australia.||John, the cyclist at Adelaide River, Northern Territory,
|Darwin City, Northern Territory, Australia.||Cafe scene in Darwin, N.T.|
|Darwin Radiator Services||Jason and his Holden|
|Carby problems in Darwin||Bob, on holidays in Australia from Nottingham, England.|
|A giant ant hill between Darwin and Katherine in the
Northern Territory, Australia.
||On the road in Western Australia|
|The Western Australia and Northern Territory border.||The giant crocodile in Wyndham, Western Australia.
|Boab tree||Old shops and a few houses at Wyndham Port, Western Australia.|
|Tank locomotive in Wyndham port, Western Australia||The single cylinder diesel locomotive at Wyndham port,
|Single cylinder diesel locomotive in Wyndham port. Wyndham, Western Australia.||The trains at meatworks info sign in Wyndham. WA|
|A three "carriage" road train at Wyndham after unloading cattle for export. Wyndham, Western Australia.||Overlooking Wyndham port. Wyndham, Western Australia|
|Street scene, Wyndham, Western Australia.
||On the road in Western Australia.
|Derby Pictures, Derby, Western Australia.||Another Morris Minor owner in Derby Western Australia.
|Contrasting colours in Broome, Western Australia.||Broome, Western Australia|
|Streeters jetty, Broome, Western Australia.||Sun Pictures - cinema in Broome, Western Australia|
|Restaurant and cafe at Cable beach, Broome, Western Australia||Cable Beach, Broome, Western Australia|
|4x4s' are allowed on the northern section
of Cable beach. Skinnydippers are also welcome.
|An old Sydney bus on the beach, Cable Beach, Broome, Western Australia.|
|Iron ore loader in Port Hedland, Western Australia||Port Hedland, Western Australia.|
|Street scene in Port Hedland, Western Australia.
||Sunset in port Hedland, Western Australia.
|Loco that hauls iron ore from Mt Newman to Port Hedland, Western Australia.||Adrian, sound asleep in Hewie. Cue, Western Australia|
|Cue, Western Australia
||Cue, Western Australia.|
|Paynes Find, Western Australia.
||Wildflowers beside the road in Western Australia|
|The Fremantle Hotel in Fremantle, Western Australia.||Capri Restaurant, Fremantle, Western Australia
|Fish Market in Fremantle, Western Australia.
||Street scene, Fremantle, Western Australia.|
|Fremantle cafe scene.
||A pearling lugger on display at the old maritime museum
in Fremantle, Western Australia.
|Bridgetown Blues festival, Western Australia||Bridgetown, Western Australia during the Blues Festival|
|Camped at Ravensthorpe, W.A.||Beautiful beach near Esperance in Western Australia|
|Salt flat near Esperance, Western Australia.||Norseman, Western Australia.|
|Horse trough, Norseman, Western Australia.
||Norseman Hotel, Norseman W.A.|
|Old Ford? This was parked in a front
yard in Norseman, Western Australia.
||What to do with a pile of old bike parts? Design a new bike of course. Noseman, Western Australia.|
|The signpost at Norseman, looking east.||The service station at Balladonia on the Nullabor, Western Australia.|
|Rest stop at the Balladonia service station on the Nullabor, Western Australia.||Cocklebiddy|
|The Nullabor||The roadhouse at Mundrabilla on the Nullabor W.A|
|The remains of the telegraph station at Eucla W.A||Nullarbor National Park|
|The coast alongside the road on the Nullarbor, Western Australia.||90 mile straight.|
|Trucks at a Nullarbor truck stop, W.A.||The Western Australia, South
|The turn off to Cactus Beach.||The camp ground at Cactus Beach, South Australia.
|Pink salt pond near Cactus beach,
||Port le Hunte, South Australia.|
|Memorial to an 11 year old, attacked by a shark in Port le Hunt bay in 1979.||Windmills at Penong. South Australia.|
|Eyre Peninsular, South Australia||Church on the Eyre Peninsular, South Australia.|
|Before the storm. Camped in Port Lincoln, South Australia.||Tuna boats in Port Lincoln, South Australia.
|Whyalla steel works, South Australia||Whyalla steelworks, South Australia.
|Parked outside the Whyalla Visitor Centre and Maritime Museum, Whyalla, South Australia.||Camper body on a 1948 Bedford truck.|
|Port Germein, South Australia
||Tim Nicholson and Joanne Bowlit, Morris Oxford owners.|
|Glenelg tram, Glenelg, South Australia.
||Tailem Bend railway station and museum. Tailem Bend, South Australia.|
|Beachport, South Australia.||Down town, Beachport, S.A.|
|The Blue Lake, Mount Gambier, South Australia.
||Image of the port and woodchip pile in Portland,
|Port Fairy, Victoria, Australia.
||Port Fairy, Victoria, Australia.|
|Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia.||Port Fairy, Victoria, Australia.
A Citroen in Port Campbell, Victoria, Australia.
|The light house keepers residence,
Cape Ottway, Victoria, Australia.
|Great Ocean road, Victoria, Australia.||Gunn Island Hotel, Middle Park, Melbourne.
||Open cut brown coal mine, Victoria, Australia.||An electric locomotive once used in the mining of brown coal in Victoria|
|Open cut brown coal mine near Traralgon, Victoria, Australia.||Home on the banks of the Snowy River at Orbost,
|Camped at Mallacoota.||Amateur fishermen cleaning their mornings catch at Bermagui, New South Wales, Australia.|