We switched off the engine and stepped out of the camper van into the eerie silence of the Western Australian outback. Beneath our feet pink wildflowers stippled the potholed track, while tough twists of grass bordered its edges.
Plains scored with low-lying grevillea shrubs flecked with swatches of red stretched towards a distant horizon. A single skull-white gum tree with a searing canopy of leaves emphasised the emptiness. The raw beauty was breathtaking.