25.04.2017 4 °C
Although we had known there were several time zones across Australia, we have only just been factoring these into our plans. As we understand it, when going from WA into the Northern Territory, the NT clocks are 45 minutes forward of WA. As that particular day was going to be long anyway, we may have an overnighter to avoid arriving too late in Katherine.
A few weeks later, thankfully while we should be in the middle of a two night stop, the clocks go forward (other than in Queensland). At that time we shall be in South Australia. However, just short of three weeks later, we duck from SA into Queensland which should be 30 minutes behind SA. A few days later we duck back into the NT which has the same time zone as SA, so we find their clocks 30 minutes ahead of Qld. Then a couple of weeks later we are back in Queensland, so 30 minutes behind NT!
For a few weeks we shall then be travelling through and resting in Queensland but then go into New South Wales which is an hour ahead of Qld. After that we have a few weeks of peace as regards time as we go through NSW, ACT, Victoria and Tasmania and then back into NSW and Victoria before crossing into SA again and there the clocks are an hour behind eastern states times.
Just to add a last little twist, we cross into WA which has a different time zone except between Eucla and Caiguna so somewhere in that part of the trip, our clocks will go back two hours!
This is one crazy country and, strangely, in all the readings we have done about Big Laps etc., no one has commented on the time zones which could make a heck of a difference in some places.
We may have a vehicle sorted out fairly soon and are crossing fingers and thumbs very tightly. Time is now beginning to slip by at a rate of knots!