Salient. The Newspaper of Victoria University College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 19, No. 3. March 24, 1955
Hitch-hiking in general we found fairly easy. It was no trouble at all to pick up a ride in the vicinity of the cities and as we got further out, those that we did pick up were generally fairly long. On the main highways, however, the numbers of cars on the roads is not very large, and in places it is possible to get caught. The worst experience we had on the whole trip was when we set out from Broken Hill to Mildlura. We waited for six hours by the side of the road. Five cars came past—all full—the temperature was 95deg., and a black cloud of filies—they could be numbered in thousands—buzzed around us and settled on us. Life was not pleasant.
The flies and mosquitoes arc actually the most sanguinary things about Australia—they are absolutely vicious, and no repellant has any effect on them whatever. At night we got into our sleeping bags, put socks on our hands and shirts over our heads. We could be certain that if anything was left exposed, we would be a mass of bites the following morning.