Part 5: Moments that you cherish in the Outback. From a sleeping bag!

Coping without a mobile phone, dodgy caravan parks and camping on the road (possibly) were all part of the Seddon’s 4WD journey across the Outback Way. We follow Katherine Seddon and her family as they make the 2,500km journey through the far reaches of Central Australia and Western Australia. Katherine is a mother of three cute ratbags, an ENJO lover, wife and desert dweller. She likes sharing leaf tea with friends, camping and coming home for a hot shower. If you missed Katherine’s previous instalment visit here.

Part 5 – On the way to Kalgoorlie….

Three days without mobile phone reception is a double-edged sword, but as we drove into Laverton I was pretty relieved to be back in range. Laverton was the first town we’d seen in three days and marked the end of our Outback Way journey and the end of the dirt road.

It was only mid-afternoon and the idea of spending the night in a dodgy caravan park in a small town was pretty unappealing after our bush camping. We decided to keep on driving.

We drove for another 200kms or so to a campsite near Leonora called Malcolm Dam. When I say campsite, there’s a small possibility that it was in fact just a picnic spot, and that we camped on the road, but the water views and pelicans were too good to give up!

As we were setting up camp a random guy in a ute parked a few metres for our tent and drank a beer. Weird. Subsequently, I spent the night with images of making the headlines “Alice Springs family’s trip of a lifetime ends in tragedy”.

Needless to say, we survived.

We woke at dawn to the sight of pelicans fishing on the dam for their breakfast. It was one of those moments that you cherish as we all sat there snuggled in our sleeping bags, enjoying the view.

That day as we drove the 240kms to Kalgoorlie the six-year-old says, “I just love this holiday, I love spending so much time in the car.”

I think we may just have found our groove.

Read on to Part 6: Caravan Parks are not the ‘pits’ after all

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