Bob is 75 years old now, i came to Australia in 1980 to see a good friend of mine that had emigrated to australia, on returning home to London and showing "her in doors" the photographs she immediately wanted to emigrate to South Australia. After all the official stuff we eventually arrived in South Australia in October 1982, with 3 children 2 dogs and a cat. i had a job to come to with Radio Rentals which i worked for until i was 55 yrs old, when i retired from the workforce.
My interests are windsurfing, surfing and computing, i have windsurfed at some of the best spots around Australia, they are Tombstones at Gnaraloo on the Ningaloo reef, Hole in the wall at Lancelin, Hells gate at Geraldton, the Pass at Byron Bay, Point Danger at Torquay, and Marrawah in Tasmainia. I have also surfed Margaret River, Castles at Cactus at Penong, Bells beach at Torquay, but my favourite place is back home in South Australia at the reef( bottle shop) in Aldinga as it is not crowded and most of the time i can have the break to myself.
I have traveled from the Tropic of Capricorn on the west coast all around the coast up to the Tropic of Capricorn on the east coast, i guess when i have finished with the ocean it will be time to see the rest of Australia.
Unfortunatley after 5yrs of retirement i was diagnosed with cancer of the throat, i had surgery and radiotherapy. I went from 80kilo's down to 63kilo and was not very well, but was lucky enough to be looked after by my other half Val to whom i will always be thankfull to. Val has now gone back to the U.K to live.
In 2011 i went on my first trip inland to Lake Eyre then on to Arkaroola and Wilpena Pound in the Flinders ranges. Susie, Dean and myself all windsurfed on Lake Eyre which only has water once in 10 yrs.
In 2012 i did another trip inland to the Red Center Way, which included Uluru, the Olgas, Kings Canyon, Palm Valley and the Larapinta Trail. I was lucky enough to be in Alice Springs for the camel races and the arrival and departure of the Ghan Railway train. My journey back home was via the Oonadatta Track taking in Rainbow Valley, Oonadatta, William Creek, Lake Eyre and the Flinders Ranges.
In 2013 i was lucky enough to spend 6 months travelling through the Kimberley in Western Australia and coming down the west coast through the Pilbara seeing some wonderful places. I had shiped some windsurfing gear to Geraldton and after 4 weeks of windsurfing ended up in hospital from dehydration, the Flying doctor transported me to Perth for treatment, finally arriving home in January 2014. i have to learn to drink water instead of beer after windsurfing.
In 2014 i went to visit my daughter in Northern Rivers(NSW) and returning home via Tamborine mountain, Beaudesert, Charleville, Quilpie and the Channel Country, then on the Birdsville Track to Birdsville, the Simpson Desert was closed due to rain so headed to Innaminka via Walkers Crossing and out to Coongie Lakes.
In 2015 i went to the U.K to visit my daughter and grandchildren, stayed 3 months visiting Scotland , Wales, England, France and Italy on returning to Australia had to go to the Grampians to reaclimatise.
In 2016 i was determined to go across the Simpson Desert the roads to the desert were all closed due to rain so detoured out to Cactus headed north via Googs track to Alice Springs and waited for the old Finke road to open, eventually getting to Mount Dare and onto Dalhousie Springs and across the Simpson Desert. The desert was nothing like i had imagined it was full of wildflowers and lots of water n mud, roads were still closed due to rain i travelled north through the Diamentina and up through Middleton to Townsville, then down to Byron Bay via the Sunshine Coast. On returning home to Adelaide went to the Flinders Ranges, Arkaroola, Lake Eyre, William Creek, Coober Pedy and Woomera.
In 2017 i decided it was time to go visit Cape York and the Old Telegraph Track. I headed north on the Strezleki track to Innaminka and then up through Cordillo Downs to the Diamentina National Park. I then headed east to Normanton and Karumba, then across the Mitchell and Alice rivers to Musgrave, i decided to go up the west coast of the cape and come down the east coast of the cape. From here north to Bramwell Station and onto the Old Telegraph Track to the Jardine River, stopping for a swim at Fruit Bat and Twin Falls. Across the Jardine and up to Pajinka(the tip the most northern part of Australia). Then off out to Thursday Island.
In 2018 i decided to try to stay for winter in South Australia but it got too cold for me. I flew up to the sunshine coast and stayed in Moolooaba until September. I visited the Glass House Mountains and Noosa national park, on windy days i would take the bus to Bribe Island and windsurf.
In 2019 i did a trip on the Ghan railway from Adelaide in South Australia to Darwin via Alice Springs, on my return to Adelaide spent some time on Kangaroo island.
Later in the year i travelled the Oodnadatta track stopping to sample the food from the bakery at Farrina, and spending a bit of time at lake Eyre as it had plenty of water. i then travelled the Birdsville track to Birdsville and Betoota traveling east and staying on the Sunshine coast for a while. i flew out to Norfolk Island and my return spending time on the Gold Coast and out at Nimbin in NSW.
In 2020 i went to Sydney to go to the opera at the Opera House and have a look around Sydney. The old buildings like the State Theatre and the Queen Victoria Building were very impressive, the selection of public transport water taxi's, trams, buses and double decker trains all work very well.
As for the rest of 2020 who knows if the quarantine restrictions will be lifted.
Stayed home for winter it was very cold but still surfed and windsurfed in the cold. Did get away for a few weeks visiting Cactus, the Head of the Bight to see the whales and their calves. Returning via the Galwer Ranges National Park in South Australia, all Aboriginal communities closed to outsiders.
In 2021 i went to Morton Island in Queensland via Cameron Corner in outback South Australia and outback Queensland so as to stay away from NSW and Victoria.
Stayed on the Sunshine coast for a while and then left for Carnavon Gorge. Then up to the Northern Territory to visit Lorn Hill, i then heard that the Kulumbru road had opened in Western Australia, following the Savannah Way to the Western Australian border to get a border pass, after 30 mins i was granted a permit.
Making my way on the Gibb River road to El Questro, and then west to the Kulumberu road, Drysdale station, then onto the Port Warrender Road to the Mitchell Plateau, the waterfalls and aboriginal rockart were stunning. There are so many gorges and waterholes along the Gibb River Road.
In 2022 i did a trip accross the Nullabor to Western Australia. I have done this trip many many times on my way to windsurf in Western Australia, but never taken the time to explore the Nullabor.
The Nullabor means Treeless Plain, there is stunning scenery that includes the Bunda Cliffs, the whales at the Head of the Bight, Old Telegraph Stations and the restored Telegraph Station that has become the Eyre Bird Observatory and many caves to explore.
The waters from Esperence to Perth are stunning with white sand and cyan water, not forgetting the huge Kari and Tingle trees at the Valley of the Giants.
In 2023 i flew to Mooloolaba in Queensland and stayed for 4 weeks on the Sunshine coast. The water on the Sunshine Coast is between 25-27 degrees nice temperature to swim in.
Later in 2023 i traveled to Noosa in Queensland and stayed on the Sunshine coast for a month, then travelled down to Nimbin in New South Wales via the Gold Coast.
At the end of winter a trip up the Strezleki track to Innaminka, then out to Coongie Lakes. Taking the Old Strezleki track to Cameron Corner and out to the Sturt Stoney Desert. The trip back home was via the Darling River and the Murray River.