The Ghan

According to Great Southern Rail, The Ghan is one of the world’s greatest rail journeys. SBS has even made a TV show about it. The Ghan now runs from Adelaide through Tarcoola and then roughly follows the Stuart Highway up Read More …

Big Red Sand Dune near Birdsville

Big Red is the tallest dune in the Simpson Desert, which is the largest sand dune desert in the world according to the Guiness Book of Records. Drivers see Big Red as a challenge. Many need several attempts to get Read More …

Desert sunset near Mungerannie

Spend a little time in the desert and this is what you’ll see – beautiful sunsets and a wide, flat horizon. It’s almost surreal! This was taken just north of Mungerannie.

Tom Kruse Truck

Imagine following a 500km cattle trail over dunes and across stony gibber plains, without meeting another soul. In the 1930s, before phones and portable radios, Tom Kruse did just that. Once a month, Tom delivered supplies and mail from Marree Read More …

Mulka Store

Mulka Store sold everything a drover and his family might need, from ribbons to spurs. It was created and run by George and Mabel Aiston from the 1920s through to the 50s. George, nicknamed ‘Poddy’ because of his big belly, Read More …

Birdsville Cemetery

Birdsville Cemetery is unusual because it lies peacefully in amongst the dunes. Drive out of Birdsville to the west towards the Simpson Desert and turn right. What’s the oldest grave you can spot?

Nina Betts

Nina Betts was the lovely wife of the station manager at Mungerannie in 2007 when we travelled the Birdsville Track recording interviews. Her stories were an eye opener. In her Birdsville Track Audio Tour interview, Nina describes the difficulties of getting Read More …

Lyn Rowlands

Lyn Rowlands was born and bred in Birdsville. In fact, she was born in a shed at the back of the old Birdsville clinic, which is now a museum. Lyn remembers the old days, when the women went down to Read More …

Lyall Oldfield

Lyall Oldfield has been dubbed ‘The Mayor of Marree’. In fact, Marree doesn’t have a mayor because there’s no council. I think it’s under the jurisdiction of the Outback Communities Authority. Marree has a progress association to take care of town Read More …

Birdsville Clinic

The old Birdsville clinic is now a museum. For my first 5 years in Birdsville, this was where we went to see the Flying Doctor on his monthly visits. It was in this room that I found out I was Read More …