Overland to Oz? Am I barmy?

by Anna Blanch on September 17, 2011

No, i’m not. Well, I probably am, but probably not because of this.

So, here goes. Time to share something I’ve been plotting for a couple of months. I needed to share the details with my mother before I posted it online. I thought it was only fair.

So, what am I going on about?


St Andrews, Scotland to Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia.

Yes, Scotland to Australia: overland. Well, as overland as you can when I’ll be crossing Europe and Asia and a few sea-like bodies of water and a couple of oceans. As much as possible, i’m going to be travelling by Train and Boat.

It’s roughly 16974 kilometres or 10551 miles .

That’s a really long way. It usually takes about 30-35 hours of travel time. This trip will be more like, 40-80 days. I’m still working out the itinerary. There’s lots of research to do and decisions to make. Obviously with the parameters of train routes and ferries! I’ve decided that part of this process and journey will be about asking for your help. There might even be a bit of a “choose your adventure” flavour with some of it – except you’re helping me choose where i’ll go. I’m also looking for people to see along the way, things to write about, and suggestions for things I should see and do.

Here’s a map with some pins in it with some things I’ve identified. But it’s all up in the air and it’s early days. And I’ll probably change my mind about the route (or it may be changed for me) alot.

So – there’s lots of things to explain, the why, the how, the how much?, the options. But i’m going to leave all of that for other posts. As for the when and for lots more information, go here to see the page I’ve set up for this particular adventure.

Listening. Observing. Participating. Writing. Photographing. Reflecting.

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Anna Blanch is founder of Goannatree, and a PhD candidate in the Institute of Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. Overland to Oz is a crazy adventure marked with photos and word and inspired by the incredible women in Anna’s family, especially her late grandmother, whom she knew as Nan-Nan.

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  • http://ordinarilyextraordinary.com/ Amy Nabors

    At first I wasn’t sure what barmy meant. But can I tell you this sounds like so much fun. If I were single this would be the kind of adventure I would find myself doing. So no you’re not barmy.

    • http://goannatree.blogspot.com Goannatree

      thanks Amy! I'm hoping it will be an amazing adventure.

  • http://thingsfindothinks.com AndrewFinden

    Awesome idea!

    • http://goannatree.blogspot.com Goannatree

      i think so!

  • KateBlanch

    Can I come too?

    • http://goannatree.blogspot.com Goannatree

      yes my dear…seeing as this plan was hatched originally over mum's kitchen island! You could just do one part of it with me if you can't afford the time!

  • http://www.simplyjunebug.com Junebug

    Sounds like a fantastic time! I look forward to following your trip via the blog.

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  • Hannah

    It does sound slightly barmy but I love it all the same. Very Long Way Round minus the motorbikes. You might find the blog WezWanders of interest. He did an epic trip last year I think it was. He lives near Canberra in Oz.

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