This paper examines the practices and experiences of self-drive tourists to the East Kimberley region of Australia and considers their relationship to promotional stereotypes of place. It draws on fieldwork involving indepth interviews with tourists. In particular, it focuses on their practices of taking photographs and collecting souvenirs and draws out some aspects of the underlying value system that motivates such interests. Tourists perceive their destination as empty land that exists outside time. However, its postcolonial geopolitical context appears to challenge such understandings. The anthropological concept of inalienable possessions is drawn upon to analyze the tensions associated with sustaining these values.