The last time I drove from Darwin to Brisbane
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I lived in Darwin for about 10 years and left with my family in April 1989. My dad and I drove the 3415km in four days, driving from morning until the end of the day, staying in little motels along the way. The drive normally takes approximately 44 hours depending on road conditions, and how many tyres you blow out along the way. I drove my little Datsun 1000 with my pet budgie strapped into the front passenger seat and my belongings filling the rest of the car, and dad drove his car behind me.
Australia is roughly the size of continental USA, but the population is that of greater Los Angeles, with most of that population located on the eastern seaboard.
To Darwin locals the Stuart Highway is known as ‘the track’. Darwin sits on a peninsula surrounded by the Timor Sea, there is only one road out of Darwin and whenever anyone wants to get away for the weekend, you will hear the term, “I’m going down the Track”.
It was a long, long drive, but I enjoyed it. It was pre the days of CD players in cars, actually, the CD had only just been invented, but I had music in the form of tapes to keep me sane and my budgie, Peppie to keep me company. I was 18 and leaving home; even though home was coming with me, it was still a monumental time in the journey of my life.