Nan and Pop take off from Broome towards Halls Creek – in one foul swoop! For all intensive purposes it’s gonna be a long haul from one coast of Australia to another…

“Floor it Pop”! Pop opens the throttle on the road to Fitzroy Crossing under Nan’s instructions.

Nan takes a shot of Pop gawking at a Boab tree.

Nan takes a shot of Pop gawking at a Boab tree. “Big bottom they gottem’ aye Pop”

Nan thought it was her scones burning, but no... it was a bush fire!

Nan thought it was her scones burning, but no… it was a bush fire! “Good lord, let’s get outa here Pop”!

“Strewth Pop, the roos n cattle around here are enough to drive you beresk!”

“Life is a bowl of cherubs Pop!” Nan and Pop go for a dip in their undies.

“Oi Pop, ya getting’ a tossed salad whether you expected it or not with these bumps”

“It’s time for a shandy, I’m quite ardamant about that Pop!”

At Willare Roadhouse Nan finally gets to use a proper loo for a change, while Pop stocks up on Twisties and Smarties for the next leg.

At Willare Roadhouse Nan finally gets to use a proper loo for a change, while Pop stocks up on Twisties and Smarties for the next leg.

“All aboard to Fiztroy!” “Well that’s me I guess sweetie” says Pop. “Well that’s my eye and Mary Martin Pop”

Nan over looks the Fitzroy river... it's almost dry!

Nan over looks the Fitzroy river… it’s almost dry!

Nan and Pop look at the ant hills and see things differently...

“Hey Nan these ant hills look like people having an orgy”. “Pop you’ve got a filthy mind. They look like big poo”!

Meanwhile at the crossing at Fitzroy… “Speaking for myself, personally, alone… it’s that time of the day for a shandy Pop”  “Yep let’s nip that thirst in the butt Nan!”

Nana has pee pit stop close to Halls Creek

Nana has pee pit stop close to Halls Creek

Nan and Pop stop to watch the sun set as they arrive at Halls Creek

Nan and Pop stop to watch the sun set as they arrive at Halls Creek

“Oh Pop, pacifically look at the stars. It’s stunning here at Halls Creek”

Nan and Pop make tea and settle in for the night.

Nan and Pop make tea and settle in for the night at Halls Creek.  “Nan I might try a cup of chino one night”

..from Halls Creek to Kununurra, with a pit stop at the Bungle Bungles

Nan is so excited to go up in a chopper. But not Pop with his vertigo. He can't even get up a ladder, Nan has to change the light bulbs in this relationship.

Nan is so excited to go up in a chopper. But not Pop with his vertigo. He can’t even get up a ladder, Nan has to change the light bulbs in this relationship.

Nan is so excited! She can't wait to see the Bungle Bungles from the air.

Nan is so excited! She can’t wait to see the Bungle Bungles from the air.

Even a sharp turn doesn't phase Nan, she loves a chopper ride.

Even a sharp turn doesn’t phase Nan, she loves a chopper ride.

“WOW”! says Nan

“Absolutely gorgeous” says Nan brightly

Warmun community, Turkey Creek.

Warmun community, Turkey Creek.

eeeewwww Pop is that a dingo

eeeewwww Pop is that a dingo”? “I think it’s a dingone Nan”

Nan likes a good windmill

Nan likes a good windmill

Cruising along the highway to Kununurra. Nan and Pop sing at the top of their lungs!!

Cruising along the highway to Kununurra. Nan and Pop sing at the top of their lungs!!

Pop looks at the wonderful display of Boabs

Pop looks at the wonderful display of Boabs

Kelly's knob, overlooking the town of Kununurra

Kelly’s knob, overlooking the town of Kununurra

As the sun sets Nan whips up a pot of tea as Pop prepares the caravan by lake Kununurra for the night

As the sun sets Nan whips up a pot of tea as Pop prepares the caravan by lake Kununurra for the night

Kunnas to Katherine…. Nan and Pop cross the WA border!

Nan and Pop hot the NT border.

Nan and Pop hit the NT border. “Are we really leaving the Kimberley Pop”??

on the road...

on the road…

Cruising along the highway to Katherine

Cruising along the highway to Katherine

Pop takes in a lookout on the way to Katherine

Pop takes in a lookout on the way to Katherine

Croc shop Timber Creek community.

Croc shop Timber Creek community.

Pop looks at the well secured ATM at Timber Creek

Pop looks at the well secured ATM at Timber Creek

Nan and Pop take tea with a view to Victoria River

Nan and Pop take tea with a view to Victoria River

“Pop the Victoria River looks lovely…pity we can’t go for a dip”!

Nan and Pop check out the colourful farming sights on the way to Katherine.

Nan and Pop check out the colourful farming sights on the way to Katherine.

Nan and Pop park beside Katherine River for a pee out stop

Nan and Pop park beside Katherine River for a pee out stop

Nan looks down the river at Katherine

Nan looks down the river at Katherine

Finally after a day of driving Nan and Pop arrive in Katherine.

Finally after a day of driving Nan and Pop arrive in Katherine. “It’s a lovely name Katherine says Pop”

Katherine Gorgeous… as Nan calls it.

Pop climbs to the lookout, but Nan takes it easy with a snooze under a tree.

Pop climbs to the lookout, but Nan takes it easy with a snooze under a tree.

For Pop the climb up the gorge was well worth it. Nan's cracked heels makes it a bit hard to climb... or so she says.

For Pop the climb up the gorge was well worth it. Nan’s cracked heels makes it a bit hard to climb… or so she says.

Nan takes a blurry shot of Pop on the gorge cruise

Nan takes a blurry shot of Pop on the gorge cruise

Breathtaking. Pop loved the cruise up the gorge with Nan

Breathtaking. Pop loved the cruise up the gorge with Nan

Nan thinks it's

Nan thinks it’s “gorge”ous

Pop points out a croc while Nan takes a snap

Pop points out a croc while Nan takes a snap – “Aye Pop have a go ya mug!”

KOOOOEEEEEEEEE!

KOOOOEEEEEEEEE!

From “steamy” springs in Mataranka, where Nan goes skinny dipping… then all the way to Barkley Homestead NT.

Capital of the Never Never!

Capital of the Never Never!

Pop discovers the hot springs of Mataranka

Pop discovers the hot springs of Mataranka

Nan cools her cracked heels in the warm springs at Mataranka

Nan cools her cracked heels in the warm springs at Mataranka

Bitter Springs and Nan goes skinny dipping! Nan rocks!!

Bitter Springs and Nan goes skinny dipping! Nan rocks!!

Nan's varicose gains get some relief in the springs

Nan’s varicose veins get some relief in the springs

Nan lets it all hang out at the springs. As Pop says...

Nan lets it all hang out at the springs.  As Pop says… “You rock Nan”

Stuart Highway to Tennant Creek

Stuart Highway to Tennant Creek

Eeeeeeew Pop is that a kangaroo!!

Eeeeeeew Pop is that a kangaroo!! “Nan – that’s a kanga-rooted”

Free ceiling fan in EVERY room

Free ceiling fan in EVERY room

Jazzy Motel and round-the-corner downs

Jazzy Motel at round-the-corner downs

Nan and Pop slip into the Elliot Hotel for a shandy... or two!

Nan and Pop slip into the Elliot Hotel for a shandy… or two!

You ain't been anywhere till you been to fabulous

You ain’t been anywhere till you been to fabulous “Renner Springs”

The salubrious Renner Springs Motel... book early!

The salubrious Renner Springs Motel… book early!

“Thank goodness there’s cold drinks in the desert Nan”! “But where the hell are they Pop “?

Nan hums a tune while she heats up a water bottle and pulls out their flannelette pajamas… it's chilly in the desert! Pops steps out to take a time-lapse shot of the stars above their caravan.

Nan hums a tune while she heats up a water bottle and pulls out their flannelette pajamas… it’s chilly in the desert!  Pop steps out to take a time-lapse photo of the milky way stars above their caravan.                   “Hey Nan… can it get any better?”    “There’s always tomorrow Pop!”

Nan & Pop are Crazy Crackers! Crossing the border into Queensland… and travelling 570km to Cloncurry.

“Hey Nan they gonna strip search us for taking in fruit over this border?”   “I hope so Pop!”

“Hey Nan – can’t see no lip-stick at ‘Avon Downs'”!

Nan and Pop slip into the Post Office Pub at Camooweal for a shandy to wet the whistle!

Nan and Pop slip into the Post Office Pub at Camooweal for a shandy to wet the whistle!

Nan and Pop stop for scones and take in the odd scenery

Nan and Pop stop for scones and take in the odd scenery

The ever changing countryside of ant mounds

The ever changing countryside of ant mounds and wee posies for Nan.

“I’ve always wanted to see Mount Isa Nan”    “Heaven knows what it will be like Pop”

“Come for a holiday of a lifetime… ‘lead poisoning’ – could be Mount Isa’s next promo campaign Pop!”

“Pop did you see those commercials on the box in Mount Isa ‘living with lead’… can’t be!”

“Hey Nan this looks toxic!”   “Who the hell is Isa anyways Pop?”

“Isa is Helter Smelter!!” bellows Nan.   “Yep, it’s the fly in the ice-burg Nan!”

National highway 66.... towards Cloncurry

National highway 66…. from Mt Isa towards Cloncurry

“Jesus Pop, if it’s not snakes, crocs, crabby roos or bloody dingoes…. now the cows will bowl us over”!

“Nan what’s with the weird shenanigans road-side?”   “It’s the tip of the ointment Pop I tell you – tip of the ointment!”

“Pop…it’s all a bit too Blair witch for me!”   “It’s a bit Texas Chainsaw for me Nan, lets skidadle “

Cloncurry, just in the nick of time before all the roos come out and Kamikaze into the cars at dusk

Cloncurry, just in the nick of time before all them roos come out and Kamikaze into the cars at dusk”!

“Hey Nan this looks like our kinda place”!   “Tickity boo Pop”

Lucky for Nan and Pop their digs is next door to the Cloncurry lawn bowling club.

Lucky for Nan and Pop their digs is next door to the Cloncurry lawn bowling club.   “Pop I’ve never seen greener lawn since the fake grass at Broome bowls”

From Cloncurry to Charters Towers… Today Nan & Pop cover over 650km and count as many dead roos on the road – they’ve nearly made it coast to coast.

Nan and Pop agree, they could do with a drop of rain in this part of the world

Nan and Pop agree, they could do with a drop of rain in this part of the world

“Hey Pop are they serious here in Queensland?”  “It’s the black hole Nan”

Pop opens up the throttle on the highway

Pop opens up the throttle on the highway

“Pop, check out this fatty boom bah” “Nan it’s dead” “No wonder Pop – its eaten so much it’s practically busting at the seams”

“Pop, there’s so many dead roo’s along the highway – why?”   “They’re attracted to car lights Nan”   “Right… as I’ve said before… stay away from the light Pop”

Train station stop at Maxwelton

Train wait station stop at Maxwelton

“Nan a river with water, this ain’t the Kimberley”

Nan and Pop stop by a creek for tea and scones

Nan and Pop stop by a creek for tea and scones

Deluxe Motel at Julia Creek

Deluxe Motel at Julia Creek

Nan slips in to buy some new slacks at Richmond. Polyester of course!

Nan slips in to buy some new slacks for the trip at Richmond. Polyester of course!

Nan and Pop stop at the Grand Hotel in Richmond for their arvo shandy!

Nan and Pop stop at the Grand Hotel in Richmond for an arvo shandy!

Nan acts like a good at Hughenden Dinosaur Museum.

Nan acts like a goose at Hughenden Dinosaur Museum.

“Nan, why did they tack on some weird turrets to this church?”   “To make it look like a castle silly billy”

“Nan this is right up your alley isn’t it” “Love it Pop…love it”

Nan and Pop look at the lovely homes at Hughenden

Nan and Pop look at the lovely homes at Hughenden

Pentland church

Pentland church

Nan and Pop stop and admire together sunset at from Pentland.

Nan and Pop stop and admire together sunset from Pentland.

Nan takes the mission position….

It was a long haul in the old gas guzzler, affectionally known as “Betsy”, so Nan made the call – for the mission position!  Yep Nan decided that even though they weren’t far from the elusive “Silver Sands”, she wanted to stop for a romantic camp at Mission Beach – because life is a bowl of cherubs!

There's nothing slow about Nan & Pop!

There’s nothing slow about Nan & Pop!

Nan & Pop play eye spy with the clouds

Nan & Pop play eye-spy with the clouds

Nothin' but blue skies... Nan & Pop are singing their lungs out

Nothin’ but blue skies… Nan & Pop sing their lungs out, almost pitch perfect!

“Hey Pop.. they could of spruced the name up a bit – I mean Bruce Highway!”  “Nan who the hell is Bruce?”

Hey Nan... your hat looks like the sugar cane flowers

“Nan’s hat looks like the sugar cane flowers”

always a good spot to stop along the Bruce highway

always a good spot to stop along the Bruce highway

Nan makes a dash into the bushes for a wee

Nan makes a dash into the bushes for a wee

“Struth Pop, have we got killer Emu’s to deal with now after the crocs, sharks, spiders, roos…”

Pop goes to a look out to get a good view of Mission Beach

Pop goes to a look out to get a good view over Mission Beach

Nan & Pop arrive at the sleepy beach town of Mission Beach.

Nan & Pop arrive at the sleepy beach town of Mission Beach.

“You know Nan… light’s falling like a bride’s nightie” “Oh Pop not that old line…. AGAIN!”

Nan & Pop set their caravan up for a night a Mission Beach.

Nan & Pop set their caravan up and heat up a water bottle for a night a Mission Beach.

It’s definitely ALL about the knob… In their epic quest “in search of the Silver Sands”, Nan and Pop have made it from the west coast to the east.

“Nan I reckon we’ve driven the equivalent of driving up and down the length of Italy 4 times to get here!  And that’s without any cafe’ stops along the way!”  “Hai capito come Pop!”  “What are you saying Nan, you’re speaking in foreign tongues again?”

It's all about the knob....

It’s all about the knob….

“Yes Pop we’ve crossed the continent, we’ve done hours of barren rocky roads, battled frisky roos, snakes and ladders and even some wild emus!”  “Nan they were cassowaries”.  “Don’t you correct me Pop, if I say they’re wild, savage emus… then that’s what they were!”  ‘Rightio Nan you’re like a fly in the iceberg”.

At last the Silver Sands are found

At last the Silver Sands are found

Pull in the drive Pop, we've found the Silver Sands.

Pull in the drive Pop, we’ve found the Silver Sands.

Nan and Pop finally arrive at their destination…
“Pop you got the right address? Can’t be, this looks too flash!”  “This is it Nan…. we are arrived”.
Nan poses out the front of her beach pad

Nan poses out the front of her beach pad “Tickety Boo Yahoo”

“Pop, I’ll say it once and I’ll say it again… it’s all about the knob….I’m quite adamant about that!”
“Yorkeys Knob to be precise Nan”
“You gotta love a place known for it’s knob Pop, there’s even the annual “Festival of the Knob”.
“Nan… I can’t wait to see a show bag!
ahhh so that's the silver sands

ahhh so that’s the silver sands

Nan loves the kitchen...

Nan loves the kitchen… “Look at the mod cons Pop, there’s even a macro waver!”

“Oh Pop this is classy this joint”

“Shiver my timbers Pop you can see the sea!”

Nan and Pop get all romantic at Yorkeys Knob

Nan and Pop get all romantic at Yorkeys Knob… I guess it’s like winning lotto

Nan & Pop look back at the great dame.

Nan & Pop look back at the great dame.

Nan and Pop fall pop across to the beach

Nan in platform slaps and Pop in socked sandals step across to the beach

Pop looks on at the Silver Sands

Pop looks on at the Silver Sands from the beach

“Pop, I think I see the knob”

Nan and Pop take the van to the beach for an on-board shandy

Nan and Pop take the van to the beach for an on-board shandy

“I guess there’s the whole area to discover Nan”  “To right Pop… tickety boo”  “Nan this really is the tip of the ointment aye!”  “It don’t get much better than this Pop”  “Nan – there’s always tomorrow!”