Its a relief to finally be on the road. After some emotional goodbyes we drove over the harbour bridge and out of Sydney. Accompanied by Martin, an experienced overlander who has been giving Ruth and I advice and encouragement throughout the planning stages ( @africaoverland for the those that know him).We waved goodbye to NSW at the end of day 2 as we crossed into South Australia for 500 metres and then into Queensland. Spending the night at Cameron Corner. (The meeting point of SA, NSW & QLD state borders)
Put off by the 40 degree heat, and lured by the cold beer, rather than setting up camp as intended we pressed onto Birdsville. Welcomed by friendly staff at Birdsville caravan park, and even friendlier flies, according to the shopkeeper on Innaminka we will never get used to their persistence.
2 hot showers later and were ready to make tracks to the biggest sand dune marking the start of the Simpson desert crossing. Needless to say, Doug’s excitement is through the roof.