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Easter 2012 safari route
Sisters at sunset. Who knew we used to fight like banshees when we were little?
Julie Lockyer (front) and my sister Randi all smiles enroute as we leave behind the smog of Sydney.
Jenny Cavill - my most challenging and fearful passenger. Day One and I still see a tinge of apprehension about this flying caper...
Our faithful carriage - Cessna 182 BMX from Curtis Aviation in Camden, Sydney. She didn't miss a beat the whole trip. Never does.
Mungo Lodge airstrip (just north of Mildura) is always well maintained.
Mungo National Park's Great Wall of China. (Fancy name for a sand dune.)
Fellow pilot Richard Noonan (left) with Ken Brown came along in a Saratoga from the Alpha group at Bankstown.
Beautiful hundred year old shearing shed at Mungo.
Wild dust storm over Mungo sent us scrambling to check the tie-downs on our planes. It left red dust inches thick over every surface
Towards the end of the dust storm.
Next morning - clear blue skies again for our flight up to Broken Hill.
The Darling in flood enroute to Broken Hill - incredible scene - water everywhere, and the landscape so green.
Seeing these rambling homesteads from the air is always a highlight.
Approaching the eastern side of the Flinders Ranges of South Australia.
The girls ensconsed at the Prairie Pub at Parachilna. Jules & Jen had a remedy for the flies but it was bloody hard to take a sip.
Parachilna is a tiny outpost 60kms south of Leigh Creek on the west side of the Flinders Ranges.
I know she'd want me to share this with you ... Randi midway through her Aboriginal chanting dance to shoo away the flies.
Main street of Parachilna. Only street of Parachilna. The girls have set off in search of the Prada shop.
Whaddya reckon? Jen's looking way more relaxed than yesterday hey?
A typical Parachilna sunset.
The girls required SO little entertaining out here
Melbourne crew, Richard & Mic Hazeltine joined us for the adventure in a Bonanza from Lilydale.
Stevie Duroy - always a legend on these trips - came along with his wife Marg in their very slippery Diamond DA40.
A stop-over at the Prairie pub at Parachilna never disappoints.
Parachilna. No - that's all there is.
The fabulous old shearing shed on Nilpena Station, owned by Ross & Jane Fargher who run the Prairie Hotel.
My kind of domestic discipline. I felt so at home here.
Cranking up to leave Nilpena Station. Ross Fargher had prepared his dirt strip and parking area beautifully for us.
The boys raise some dust as they take off from the Fargher's Nilpena Station on the western plains of the Flinders Ranges, SA.
Lake Frome, just on the western side of the SA border - dazzling in pink today. What can I say, mother nature doing her best work ... again.
The girls quickly learnt their jobs at each refuelling stop, not to mention displaying their knot expertise at tie-down time.
Jock's Place at White Cliffs. Underground, crazy.
Jock doesn't mind a chat, at full volume we discovered.
Our friend, Bill, who restores your faith in the human race.
With emergency supplies at the ready, Jules, Randi and Shelley await take-off at White Cliffs International Terminal.
The Darling doing her finest as we tracked south-east from White Cliffs enroute to Cobar.
I've finally found a place where my big sister can't boss me around.
Jules and Jen re-enacting their reaction when I gave Randi a feel of the controls one day.
Seriously - there was very little to do in Parkes on Easter Monday afternoon.
Inflight catering. Jaffas are very sensible coz the chocolate which you have to have is safely encased in the orange stuff and doesn't make a mess.
And we got that in spades ... thanks to the best Cabin Crew a girl could ask for.
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