We all know the world is a pretty big place but there are simply times on the road when the penny drops and you realise just how incredible this spinning blue marble really is.
72,000 years of history mapped in the human genome? Thanks for being awesome, science.
Australia has just claimed 17 very cold, very small, very remote islands. Penguins appear not to notice.
We parked the car at a rusty, unmarked gate just off the road and mooched over the sand dunes to a stretch of deserted beach…
Like many Australians, I’ve given my passport an absolute thrashing. As soon as I hit my late teens I began to feel trapped in Australia. Fenced in. Limited. I needed freedom. And so I went out and got it.
We paid for our tickets to enter Uluru National Park, sure, but we never really felt like we had express permission to be there. And then, in two words, all of the politics fell away…
It’s a remote part of the country that retains that feeling of being completely undiscovered. This is our journey from Coral Bay to Cape Range on Australia’s wild north-west coast.
The west coast of Australia. Where sunsets and surf are celebrated, and where desert land and gorges repeatedly play second fiddle. But not anymore.
We found ourselves driving from Perth to the Pinnacles Desert, and then onto Kalbarri National Park. All in a Corolla named Betty.
Trina and I sat on my mum’s couch in Manchester, listening to a family friend try his best to talk us out of travelling across the Nullarbor.