The Leica M7 - Wild Camping in the Australian Desert

by Nick Bedford

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From late May into early June this year, my brother and I in his Patrol and his mate Micky, Jimmy and Micky’s father in a Hilux embarked on a 4WD wild camping journey into the outback through Queensland, South Australia and the Northern Territory.

Venturing straight west from Brisbane via Toowoomba, we made our way out to Thargomindah for our first wild camp high on a plateau. After reaching Cameron Corner the next day, we struck south west towards the Flinders Ranges in South Australia via Arkaroola where we tested out the vehicles on the Echo Back 4WD Track.

After witnessing the grandeur of the Flinders Ranges, we turned back north, aiming for the arid desert along the west side of Lake Eyre, stopping on the edge of the enormous salt lake for a windy and stark night in the middle of absolutely nowhere. We then followed the famous Oodnadatta track and beyond into the Northern Territory where our sights were set on the national icons of Uluru and the Olgas.