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I’m off to Darwin in a few hours to begin the western half of my Australia adventure. I’m going to miss Cairns because the weather here is so amazing. This is the second nicest weather I’ve encountered on my trip (#1 being Honolulu).

I get bombarded by advice from Aussies when I tell them I’m driving from Darwin to Perth. There are so many suggestions of places to go and things to see in the Northern Territory and Western Australia. This drive is going to make my trip from Sydney to Cairns look like a trip around the block. The current plan is to rent a camper and just sleep in the vehicle like I did in New Zealand.

One of my goals for the drive is to listen to the entire Feynman Lectures on Physics. I have to try and rent a vehicle with a port that I can hook my iPod up to. I can’t think of a more productive way to pass the time while driving. The listed distance from Darwin to Perth is 4,200km (2,600 miles). I drove about 3,300 from Sydney to Cairns.

My Papua New Guinea photos will be up shortly. You will be able to see them on my new photo It has taken me a while, but it is mostly ready to go. I’ll be posting photos to that site before I post to Flickr now. If you normally look at my photos in Flickr, I’ll still be showing them there, just not right away. I want to give special thanks to my friend Jason in New Brunswick, perhaps the best programmer I know, who helped me convert the imported Flickr files so they can be read by Google. I’m using an open source program called Gallery2 for my image management and there is a pretty steep learning curve, but I think it will be worth it in the long run.

*UPDATE* I now have all my photos at

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  1. Amtrekker says:

    I’m right in the middle of reading “In a Sunburned Country” so I’m even more jealous than usual right now. Where’s that podcast?

  2. Greg Bell says:

    Gary, I use an fm transmitter with my iPod, and it may be easier to find than a camper with an auxiliary port. Just make sure you get a car charger too, the transmitter sucks the juice. I have an Itrip that works fine.

    Cnr Spence & McLeod Streets
    Cairns QLD 4870
    Phone (07) 4044 7700

  3. Neerav says:

    Hi gary

    Note that a camper may not be able to get you offroad to some of the more scenic locations:

    Anyway I suggest these stops along the route:

    80 Mile beach
    Karijini national park
    Stromatolites at Shark Bay
    Coral Bay
    Monkey Mia

  4. Peter says:

    If you find a young-earth Creationist in Darwin and beat him down, I will award you 5 Irony points, and probably buy you a beer whenever you get back Stateside.

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