- Edwina Robertson, 32, is travelling around Australia with her dog Jordy and no money for food of fuel
- The young woman will offer professional pictures in place of food, fuel and somewhere to sleep
- She has been on the road for two months – surviving a car accident and 30 hours without food and fuel
Edwina Robertson, 32, and her dog Jordy, both pictured, are travelling around Australia – and aren’t spending a cent
A young woman has taken the challenge to travel solo around Australia in a banged-up old Landcruiser and no money – relying on strangers for fuel, food and shelter.
With only her dog for company, Edwina Robertson, 32, has been travelling through some of Australia’s most remote communities for the past two months – and she claims she hasn’t spent a cent.
But her meals haven’t come easy and at one point she hadn’t eaten in more than 30 hours and was desperate for a place to rest.
The young woman, who grew up on a rural property in northern NSW, is a wedding photographer by trade and offers to take professional pictures in exchange for fuel, food and accommodation.
‘I wanted to do my own modern adventure,’ Ms Robertson told Daily Mail Australia after stopping in Alice Springs for the night.
‘I decided to make my trip around Australia more interesting I would offer services for food, accommodation and fuel.’
And she wants to showcase just how generous people ‘on the other side of the great divide’ truly are.
‘People in the city think country people are rednecks, y’know that they are a bit rough and ready – well that’s bullocks.
‘People from the bush are generous, hospitable and warm – I have never been happier.’
And she has reflected on the kindness of the strangers who have fed her, and kept her adventure dreams alive many times since starting out on the road.
‘Yesterday as I was driving along, I was totally overwhelmed by the immense generosity, sincere hospitality and openness families and individuals have shown me so far on this journey. I haven’t yet stayed with anyone I’ve met previously, yet every day I have left feeling like I have made friends for life,’ she wrote in her first few weeks on the road.
‘Day 22- Katherine Outback Experience, Katherine, Northern Territory’ one of the stunning images taken by the wanderer
Edwina with her dog taking a refreshing dip in ‘Top Springs’ making sure to capture the quick break with a selfie
‘Day 38- The Burke/Corones Crew, ‘Broadmere’, Borroloola, Northern Territory’ two young families run this property and offered Ms Robertson a place to stay – for this beautiful shot
‘Living in remote outback QLD can have its challenges at the best of times. Drought, isolation, communication issues, difficulty of obtaining everyday services. However, for Chook and Lorraine Kath, sending their three kids to Boarding School, 1400km away is by far the toughest challenge they have faced’ photo taken in Betoota
Ms Robertson has been on the road since May 21 – and has just 19 days left before she gets back to Toowoomba in Queensland.
‘I am really looking forward to being home on one hand – but on the other I don’t want this adventure to end,’ she said.
Despite it being the trip of a lifetime, life on the road has been hard for Ms Robertson.
The wanderer has no firm destinations out route, and often doesn’t know where her next meal or tank of food is coming from.
‘It really is day by day and week by week,’ she said.
‘Sometimes the route changes or I can’t make it somewhere at a certain time – I have a full time assistant back at home who uses social media to find places for me to stay.’
More than 25,000 people are watching Ms Robertson’s ‘Wander of the West‘ trip on social media, and the page has helped her more than once on the road.
‘One day I took a wrong turn and knew I wasn’t going to make it to where I needed to go because I’d be out of fuel,’ she said.
‘Day 51- ‘Brunchilly Station’, Tennant Creek, Northern Territory’. An office in the bush is made up of people of all ages. From kids who haven’t completed Grade 10 to adults who have worked the land for the last 70 years of their life
‘Day 52- Joe Brown, “Nicholson Station”, Halls Creek, Western Australia’. This young man loved having a visitor at the station
‘Day 8- The Wells Family, ‘Elrose’, Boulia, QLD’. An incredible shot taken early in the trip – from the air
The Hammond family in Cunnamulla have had their share of hard times, with a tricky pregnancy and life-threatening complications but they have stayed strong and agreed to this lovely family photo
‘Day 57- The O’Brien Family, ‘Liveringa’, Camballin, Western Australia’ the image shows a dusty road between two bodies of water – and some drovers working hard in the hot sun
‘It was the day of the biggest drive of my trip, 1200kms, and I took a wrong turn. I had to put aside my ego and put out a call for help – and within 40 minutes that call was answered.’
The young woman was in an isolated region south of Broome in Western Australia when she ran out of fuel- but says meeting the man who came to help ended up being one of the highlights of the trip.
The man took her back to his station nearby and filled her car so she could get back on the road, but not before giving her a quick tour of his quirky estate and having a few photos taken for payment.
‘It was a really cool property called Pyramid Station, it was run down and unique there was a pet cemetery and a yacht sitting in the middle of a paddock.’
The traveller had known her time in Western Australia would be difficult. The population is spread out, and she doesn’t know many people in the large desert state.
This was also the state where she went 30 hours without food, suffered desperate loneliness and wanted to come home.
She was in the remote Kimberleys and put a call out over Facebook for people looking to have professional pictures taken in exchange for some food.
In Cape Crawford the wanderer got to help local landowners ’round up’ the wild bulls roaming the vast property
‘Day 17, The Starr Family, Roper River Agriculture, Mataranka, NT’. One of Australia’s biggest watermelon farms
A couple from Katherine are pictured in front of the world-famous gorge – the back ground thick with smoke from dry-season burning
‘Day 54- The Farquhar Family, Kununurra, Western Australia’. Ms Robertson spent a few days with the family in their remote home
But the large mining state is also home to her favourite destination so far.
‘The most beautiful place I have been is Cape Arid near Esperance,’ she said.
‘It is the most amazing national park, we watched the whales playing and feeding. The sand on the beach was white as snow, it was just incredible.’
Ms Robertson is now back in Alice Springs, a place she was only supposed to see once on her wild western journey.
‘The first time I was here I didn’t get to see Uluru because I had a car accident, so I came back for it,’ she said.
The crash was five weeks into her journey – and almost ended the trip for good.
The wheel of 38-year-old Landcruiser got caught in tracks on the road, her car rolled and landed on its side.
‘Day 29- The Wander will go on, Alice Springs Northern Territory Good news! After a five hour return drive into town (Alice Springs or ‘Ali Prings’ as some locals affectionately call it) and one phone call to a guy, who knew a guy, who was mates with a guy, I have my hands on the parts required to get Alice back on the road’
The huge bruise Ms Robertson got when her car rolled over in Alice Springs – she says she was lucky to only hurt her arm and bump her head
A picture of her fractured car after the rollover which could have ended her roadtrip
‘I went straight into survival mode, I made sure the dog was okay and I made sure I was okay then I activated my GPS tracker.’ She couldn’t prepare herself for what happened next.
‘The locals used their connections to help me get parts for my car, and we rebuilt her (the car) there in a back yard.’
Ms Robertson admitted she wasn’t very handy with the tools before her trip but got to know the ‘ratchet’ pretty well when she was rebuilding her car post-crash.
She was prepared for her journey, spending $13,000 doing up the old car so she would fair well across the rough terrain and making sure she had enough supplies.
‘They breed them tough in the bush. When I was four, I still had training wheels on my bike!’ picture taken at Daly Waters
‘Believe it or not, one of the most beautiful things to photograph, regardless of the assumption, are indeed, children and animals’ Ms Robertson wrote alongside this image online
Watching a man break in his 18-month-old gelding in Cloncurry, Queensland
‘The most important thing I brought with me were my GPS tracker, a satellite phone, 200 litres of extra fuel, 50 litres of water and probably most importantly – positivity.’
Since the trip started the young woman has had to service her car – and did need to pay for some parts along the way – but this came from her $6,000 car fund.
‘The money is with a third party,’ she said.
‘So I don’t have access to it – and it can only be used for the car – like replacing the springs.’
When the 32-year-old gets home she says she is going ‘straight to the beautician for an eyebrow wax’ and then she plans to sleep.
‘There will be a lot of sleep,’ she said.
‘Yesterday as I was driving along, I was totally overwhelmed by the immense generosity, sincere hospitality and openness families and individuals have shown me so far on this journey. I haven’t yet stayed with anyone I’ve met previously, yet every day I have left feeling like I have made friends for life,’ she wrote as she travelled through Boulia, Queensland