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Memories from 'Outback Australia' Pt 1

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by Iconindustries, Jul 29, 2012.

  1. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    It's very hard to sum up the essence of outback Australia in just a few photos and words. So I've picked a bunch of my favourites to show you guys. I hope this will give you a glimpse of just a little of what I experienced.

    The Outback is away from the coastal cities, away from the hustle and bustle, away from continual pressure of commercialism. It is out the back.
    This is the heart of Australia. This is where our heritage has evolved, from cattle stations, drovers, miners and pioneers that have given us our culture. To survive in the outback everyone needs to rely on each other, you need mates. You think of others more than you think of yourself.

    Our family, 8 of us have just spent 3 weeks traveling throughout inland QLD, throughout the Northern Territory and South Australia. I work for my dad so it was a blessing to be able to go on this trip with everyone. This area is very large, that's why the explorers back in their day had many problems with lack of water and sometimes getting lost. We covered 7840 Klms in the 3 weeks.

    Pt 2 https://www.mu-43.com/f57/pt-2-memories-outback-australia-inc-ayres-rock-30396/

    Our wheels

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    Town called Mt Isa. Isa started as a silver,gold and lead mine and the town has grown right at the base of the mine.

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    Lake Moondarra. This lake was built by the mine to give water to the town.

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    me being a clown

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    Qantas (Queensland and Northern Territory Airline Service) This is the link to the outlying districts. Link jet unloading at Mt Isa airport.

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    Isa at night. You can see how the mine dominates the town

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    Yay! We made it to the Northern Territory Border

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    RTA Roadtrains fuelling up after a long day hauling cattle.

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    We visited an underground mine and we given a tour. Here is my sister trying out the borer.

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    Brother exiting a drive.

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    Taylor trying to push them apart

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    And old pub.

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    Tom walking on the river bed of Trephina Gorge

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  2. EP1-GF1

    EP1-GF1 Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 12, 2011
    Fantastic - great pictures and it looks like you had an awesome time.
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  3. BSH

    BSH Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 18, 2012
    For a special family trip, you didn't get a tripod and self-timer for a shot like this? :wink:

    Lovely pics, looks like a great time. I'd love to take a trip like that "down under."
  4. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Thanks a ton BSH. You're welcome at our place anytime if you decide to pop over to the Great South Land for a visit.

    For this shot my mum took the picture. Funny enough I was given a broken tripod by an american traveller. He must have busted a part of the leg off and he saw me as he was about to chuck it in the bin, and asked if i wanted it. It turned out perfectly for night photos the next day.:thumbup:
  5. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Great photos! Number 3 is spectacular. Appreciate the photographic tour of the outback. :biggrin:
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  6. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Cheers Bob, there's so many amazing things to enjoy and see in this world we live.
  7. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    Some nice shots here, Brady. My favorite part is that your whole (huge!) family took this trip together! :thumbup:
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  8. spatulaboy

    spatulaboy I'm not really here Subscribing Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    North Carolina
    Brady superb shots as always. Thank you for taking us with you on your adventure! I've always wanted to visit Aus, perhaps someday.
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  9. Firedogg

    Firedogg Have cash, will spend

    Great photos brady.

    You've really done Mt. Isa justice, especially the night shots.

    It's been a while since I been to Northern Queensland. Hope to get there again sometime soon.
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  10. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Hey yeah and It wasn't hard at all. We all got on pretty well together, there was the occasional barney in the car when someone thought they were getting pushed or tickled. Or if someone had more chips than the should've:smile: ect.
    We had a few drivers so that evened the load and the 130km roads made it a dream.

    Each night as we came to a camping ground we each popped up our tents. By the end of the trip we were pro's at setting up living quarters. Out comes the primus and we'd put on noodles or soup. We'd all sit inside the bigger tent on our little stools and munch away. The heat from the primus worked a treat to keep the inside of the main tent warm as it got down to -2 somedays.
    Myself and my brothers aren't very shy so we made quick friends at the camping grounds each night. The best part is that some of the holidayers are travelling the same route and each night we'd meet up with them again. If we were allowed to have a fire that was the best. One night we invited some of the campers around us to come over and we had a nice time spinning yarns and eating freshly made pikeletes while seated around the fire. I got talking to one fella and found he was a garlic grower and the stories he had just kept coming. His aspiration before he kicks the bucket is to head over to the Garlic festival Comp in the US and he said it's so good because they even have a Miss Garlic! And what's even better is that if you win the best garlic you get to kiss her.

    My brother made a collapsable telescope and that was another attraction each night as he set it up, enjoying the perfect sky. One night he had about 11 people all lining up waiting to see m42, Saturn or some other exotic nebula.

    And the time we were having lunch at a sort of a ramshackle roadhouse. I was eating my tomato sandwich and a truck rolled up and I remember it clearly because It covered my sandwich in dust. Nice big truck, big Aussie built Kenworth and it was hauling a transportable home. I had to get pictures of all these nice trucks so I took a snap. The truck left, and some time later we did also. Down the road later on we passed it with much difficulty because it covered most of the road. I didn't think of it any further until we heard all these unrepeatable words on the UHF radio. The guy saw his fuel gauge and it was nearly empty. Why he didn't fuel up at the roadhouse I will never know. Just as we arrived into the next town we heard again on the radio him telling the bad news to the escort vehicle. He'd run out completely. 10km out of town and run out of fuel! Probably a truckie from the coast haha.

    Thanks Vincent. People are caught off guard because the flights to Australia are so dear, but that's because it's so far away from everything. To some that's a great thing:smile: In a land that has 200 million people less than America it can be a good getaway. If you ever come brisbane way you can have a couch at my place.

    Firedogg welcome to the forum mate, glad to have you here. To be honest I'm pretty proud of that picture. I took around 10 of them at various settings and none turned out as good as this one. I tried to do a panorama using the same settings in this picture but they simply weren't as good. Got lucky on that particular one.
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