Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

A Single Girl's Tale of Outback Adventure

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

A Single Girl's Tale of Outback Adventure

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Byline: Tracey Johnstone

HEADING out on the Australian road as a single woman, towing a caravan for the first time and with a heavy heart after the recent death of her husband, Betty Quinn has proven she has the drive to continue living a full life.

She travelled 19,756km around Australia in convoy with three couples, with an average age of about 70, taking just under five months to discover that outback Australia is "simply gorgeous".

"Why would you want to go anywhere else when you have Australia," Betty said.

During June to October they travelled from the Sunshine Coast across western Queensland and into Northern Territory, along the West Australian coast and then across South Australia, into Victoria before heading back up the East Coast to Queensland.

She fell in love with West Australia's coastline and Broome in particular, the Bungle Bungles, and her must-see recommendation of Katherine Gorge.

Fiercely independent, 68-year-old Betty took to the challenge of the road trip with great delight and a little bit of cheek.

"They generally put me in the middle of the pack; they didn't trust me at the end in case I picked up a stray along the way," Betty said with a smile.

"I did get to lead a few times, once when we went into the Northern Territory."

The whole idea of the trip happened almost by accident.

Her brother Randall was chatting about how he, his wife, and two other couples were planning another caravanning trip around Australia.

"I just said, 'can I come' and he said if I bought myself a caravan and a decent car to pull it, I could come along," Betty said.

Being determined and self-sufficient character, Betty didn't delay in putting a plan into action.

She found the car first, choosing a second-hand diesel, automatic 4WD Hyundai ix35.

Then it was time for finding a 14-foot, pop-top caravan with single beds, which is what her brother recommended.

"I was researching on Gumtree for a while, but then one of the guys travelling with us saw a caravan on the side of the road down near his place," Betty said. …

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