Mulga Wires – unforgettable stories about cycling tours

“Mulga” is a colloquial word used to define the Australian bush, the Australian Outback or the area outside urban Australia. Since European settlement Australia’s “bush telegraph” or “mulga wires” was renown for passing on information and stories between towns, homesteads and individuals. With the aid of this newfangled digital technology our blog Mulga Wires continues this story telling tradition.

Our focus will be the broad topic of cycling tours providing information and sharing biking stories from a variety of sources and periods in time including the current activities of Mulga Bicycle Tours.

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How to use the what3words app

How to use the what3words app

02 February 2021

How To Tutorials

In this tutorial we are going to show you:

  1. How to find your what3words address
  2. How to save a what3words address
  3. How to find your what3words address lists
  4. How to share a what3words address
  5. How to navigate using both what3words and Google Maps
  6. How to navigate with what3words in compass mode
  7. How to find the what3words FAQ

The what3words app is a tool Mulga Tours may use to communicate our location to you or, if we are separated, ask you to use to provide us with your location. It is particularly useful in situations when there is no known street address such as in parkland, large crowded open spaces or on remote or unnamed roads.

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We’re now using what3words

We’re now using what3words

24 January 2021

Mulga News

One of the difficulties many of us have is how to communicate our exact location to others when we are in unfamiliar surroundings such as on regional roads or places where there is no actual street address. This is made particularly stressful if you become lost, or you come across an incident requiring the assistance of emergency services.

what3words has created an easy solution to this problem. They have divided the entire surface of the Earth into 3 metre x 3 metre squares and allocated a unique three word address, such as ///induce.transcript.fashioning, to each of these squares.

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We’re in search of Quirky Australian Cycling Routes

07 November 2020

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Recently Ruben Lopez @rubydrummr cycled across the United States from Poo Poo Point in Washington, to Pee Pee Creek, Ohio.

This got us wondering about how many #QuirkyAustralianCyclingRoutes we could come up with.

Eyre Peninsula in South Australia has Nowhere Else Road. Is this a starting point or finishing point?

#QuirkyAustralianCyclingRoutes can be on any theme, be very short in distance or very long.

Let’s have some fun!

Please post your ideas and share this post with your friends.

We may even be able to turn your suggestions into a fully supported bicycle tour.

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3.16pm - Day 3 Gears and Beers 3-day Canberra tour

06 November 2020

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Yunggaballi Park, Moncrieff.

Our last stop after three days of exploring Canberra.

Suburb and Street names in Canberra follow themes. Moncrief’s theme is music with the suburb being named in honour of Gladys Lillian Moncrieff, or 'Our Glad', who entertained Australian troops during World War II and the Korean conflict. The street names applaud Australia's music history.

The Ngunnawal people are the traditional owners of this land and ‘Yunggaballi’ means ‘singing’ in their language so the use of Yunggaballi to name this unique Canberra park and playground is very appropriate.

As well as the traditional slides, swings and climbs, the park and playground also has a wide range of musical instruments to play - that will even keep adults amused.

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12.22pm - Day 3 Gears and Beers 3-day Canberra tour

06 November 2020

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Tocumwal Housing Heritage Precinct, O'Connor

This is one of Canberra’s secrets with many Canberrans unaware of this heritage listed housing precinct. The precinct is considered unique in Canberra for its urban planning, landscaping and social history.

As an interesting sidebar, one of the Gears and Beers guys was one of the first occupants with his parents when he was 5.

The homes were originally built in 1942, at the large World War 2 airbase in Tocumwal, NSW. They were originally built as barracks for the servicemen with their external design purposefully constructed to look like houses to help disguise the airbase as an Australian town. After the war nearly 200 of the houses were moved to Canberra to help alleviate the lack of housing during the post-war development of the city.

The eight cul-de-sacs in the precinct share access onto a community recreation area with the individual identity of each street reinforced by the street plantings. Many of the cottages retain their original hedge plantings.

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11.57am - Day 3 Gears and Beers 3-day Canberra tour

06 November 2020

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The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) @theAIS
“The Basketballer” by Dominique Sutton.

This sculpture is one of three - The Gymnast, The Basketballer and The Sprinter - that were commissioned and placed on top of The Sydney Tower to celebrate the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games. In 2003 The Sprinter was relocated to Sydney Olympic Park whilst The Basketballer and The Gymnast were moved to the AIS.

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10.05am - Day 3 Gears and Beers 3-day Canberra tour

06 November 2020

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Our tour on day 3 took us through Belconnen, North Canberra and Gungahlin. An excellent meeting point for this ride is Gold Creek Village on the Barton Highway just south of Hall. The location is made even more enticing by Armadillos Café (7 O'Hanlon Pl, Nicholls) where we are always made welcome and the food is absolutely excellent.

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3.39pm - Day 2 Gears and Beers 3-day Canberra tour

06 November 2020

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In front of St John’s Anglican church, Reid. This is one of the earliest European buildings in Canberra, dating back to 1841. Early photos of the region taken well before Canberra was even contemplated show a lonely church minus its spire on a grassy plan, the spire being completed in 1877. One of these early photos is reproduced on the information sign in front of the main gate.

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3.24pm - Day 2 Gears and Beers 3-day Canberra tour

06 November 2020

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The Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial on ANZAC Parade. Etched on the rear wall in polished granite is an iconic photograph from the Vietnam War showing Australian troops about to board helicopters for their return to Nui Dat. The Gears and Beers group are reading the quotes on the "Wall Of Words".

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