St George 🐉🐉🐉

Parting is such sweet sorrow, as John Lennon once said, and so it was with a heavy heart that I bid farewell to the del Sol after our tow truck ride from Dirranbandi to St George. The local mechanic was kind enough to lend me a grubby Toyota Avalon for a few days - which … Continue reading St George 🐉🐉🐉

The Dirranbandi Dandy

When I told people I was heading into the vast expanse of the Australian outback, most suggested it wasn't a great idea to do it in a 26-year-old Japanese sports car. I was determined to prove them wrong, and to show that positive thinking and a 1.6L V-Tec engine can overcome any obstacle. The del … Continue reading The Dirranbandi Dandy

The Drunkard Went Down To Lightning Ridge

The sun was bleeding into the dirt when the word went aroundThat a filthy red Del Sol had been seen rolling into townA machine like that had never swept the streets of the Ridge of LightningSo the locals knew the man who tamed that beast had to be frightening The Sol rolled past the Bottle … Continue reading The Drunkard Went Down To Lightning Ridge

A Ballad of Satellites, Wee Waa and Jamie Lyon

It's a bloody long drive to Lightning Ridge from Narrabri, they sayBut there's a few real fascinating things to see along the wayLike the Compact Array of telescopes that nerds use to watch the starsBefore asking to see 'Uranus' whilst wanking themselves in their carsAlong the road is Wee Waa, the birthplace of Jamie LyonWho … Continue reading A Ballad of Satellites, Wee Waa and Jamie Lyon

Narrabri and Mount Kaputar

Looking for the rest of my shorts The Doug Sky Lookout sounds like it was named after an '80s porno star, but offers the best views in the park You can see something like 10 percent of the state from the top of Mount Kaputar. Unfortunately, it's not the 10 percent that's full of topless … Continue reading Narrabri and Mount Kaputar

Merriwa; What is it good for? Absolutely everything!

The final stretch of my tour around the golden west of New South Wales took me out of Parkes and through Dubbo, which is famous for its sprawling zoo and sprawling pub fights. I was running short on time, so I took a photo at the city limits and pretty much brushed the rest. Honestly, … Continue reading Merriwa; What is it good for? Absolutely everything!

Parkes and Recreation

Broken hearts don't last forever, and I had a whole lot more of regional Australia see, so I loaded up the Del Sol once again and blatted off towards Parkes. The handsome town of 11,000 is best known for being home to the satellite dish that transmitted the images of the first moon landing, but … Continue reading Parkes and Recreation

Orange Crush

Orange is known as the Pearl of Mid-Western New South Wales, but I wasn't there for its dazzling mix of spectacular scenery and hearty country meals. After a romantic tryst with one of the town's sexiest students went horribly wrong (I should point out that was 21 years ago, when I was also a sexy … Continue reading Orange Crush

The King of Bathurst

It's almost impossible to top a visit to Lithgow, but as I continued my journey to rekindle an old flame in Orange, I was determined to make the most of it.  My next stop was Bathurst, which is Australia's oldest inland city and was founded on gold. Who cares about any of that, though - … Continue reading The King of Bathurst

Oh, Mount Wilson! Blue Mountains, Lithgow and the frozen outskirts of Bathurst

Orange is a five-hour drive from Gosford, so I decided to break up the trip by seeing a few sites along the way. After all, it had been two decades since I found and lost love within the space of five minutes, so what was another few days? The road winds its way through the … Continue reading Oh, Mount Wilson! Blue Mountains, Lithgow and the frozen outskirts of Bathurst