This morning, two days before we were to fly off to Darwin, we both tested positive. Symptoms, mild as yet, have surfaced since. As a practical matter, our planned four-wheel bus tour from Darwin to Broome leaves in eleven days and the tour company offers no refunds or credits, so we have assumed we’ll exit isolation in a week’s time and have rebooked the flight for that day (at great…


Yarrawonga is a modest-sized hamlet close to the Murray River, the border between two states whose capital cities remain Covid locked. After longer than a quarter of a year on a road trip around (sort of) Australia, spending time in five states, a final four nights in Yarrawonga have accorded me two days of “work.” Of course I’ve found the town’s best cafe, Hard Luck Coffee Co., and I spend seven…

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