As I drive in 46 degree heat heading west of Adelaide I ask myself why? Why am I embarking on this 3000 km "Once in a Lifetime" trip for the third time?

Thats right, cause it's random - and the people are real. Whether or not that's due to a lack of phone reception or not knowing when, or if your going to bump into someone in the next 200 km? But these harsh lookin' country folk actually value your time and love to just have a bloody good old fashioned chin wag.

My destination is the most remote city in the world - Perth. 95% of us won't even bother doing this venture cause let's be honest, the beers are cheaper in our 'loved to death oasis' - Bali.

So I decided to snap up a visual diary and write some shitty captions so maybe one day you'll experience it for yourself and take the trip along 'The South Passage'.

 

Meeting the locals around Cactus | Photos by Tim Swallow @tim_swallow_photo featuring Santa Cruz Oz @santacruzoz and Santa Cruz Womens @santacruz_womens

Any excuse to stretch the legs | Photo by Tim Swallow @tim_swallow_photo featuring Santa Cruz Oz @santacruzoz and Santa Cruz Womens @santacruz_womens

Gary the salty old Dog. I asked him whats it's like to be a local, he replied - "I'm not a local, I've only been out here 46 years." | Photos by Tim Swallow @tim_swallow_photo featuring Santa Cruz Oz @santacruzoz

Catching up for a tin with skater Khan Oxenham @khanye95 and my dad Roddy Rocket. As per usual, many a laugh from the old boys jokes | Photos by Tim Swallow @tim_swallow_photo featuring Santa Cruz Oz @santacruzoz and Santa Cruz Womens @santacruz_womens

Downtime in the desert with Ronnie the owner of "Cactus". He ventured out here in the 60's, struck gold and brought the whole of Port Sinclair off a farmer for peanuts. It's now listed as an Australian Surfing Reserve | Photos by Tim Swallow @tim_swallow_photo featuring Santa Cruz Oz @santacruzoz and Santa Cruz Womens @santacruz_womens

Photo by Tim Swallow Photo @tim_swallow_photo featuring Santa Cruz Oz @santacruzoz and Santa Cruz Womens @santacruz_womens

The kids followed Lisa everywhere around the camp, she was adored by them and they made her a shell wind chime | Photos by Tim Swallow @tim_swallow_photo featuring Santa Cruz Oz @santacruzoz and Santa Cruz Womens @santacruz_womens

The outdoor shower - luxury around these parts | Photos by Tim Swallow @tim_swallow_photo featuring Santa Cruz Oz @santacruzoz and Santa Cruz Womens @santacruz_womens

Photo by Tim Swallow @tim_swallow_photo

Long drives and cold beers in Nundroo | Photos by Tim Swallow @tim_swallow_photo featuring Santa Cruz Oz @santacruzoz and Santa Cruz Womens @santacruz_womens

Photos by Tim Swallow @tim_swallow_photo featuring Santa Cruz Oz @santacruzoz

Didn't try the Camel Burgers but the Brown Snake Pie was alright | Photos by Tim Swallow @tim_swallow_photo featuring Santa Cruz Oz @santacruzoz and Santa Cruz Womens @santacruz_womens

Cockelbiddy - the local watering hole. Population 12 | Photos by Tim Swallow @tim_swallow_photo featuring Santa Cruz Oz @santacruzoz and Santa Cruz Womens @santacruz_womens

Photo by Tim Swallow @tim_swallow_photo

Albany snake run, the oldest Skatepark in the Southern Hemisphere, now heritage listed! It was so sketchy to skate, with no coping - a back side 50 was suffice. Lisa, a long time snowboarder loved the run despite hitting the tarmac a few times | Photos by Tim Swallow @tim_swallow_photo featuring Santa Cruz Oz @santacruzoz and Santa Cruz Womens @santacruz_womens

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Muse // Lisa-Marie Bosbach @lisamariebosbach

Words and Photography // Tim Swallow @tim_swallow_photo

Styling // Santa Cruz Oz @santacruzoz and Santa Cruz Womens @santacruz_womens

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