Full circumnavigation of Oz - advice?

Submitted: Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 11:59
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Hi all.

Ive done a thread search and didnt find much on this subject, so apologies if its already been asked and Ive missed it...

We are working towards a full year on the road doing a 'figure 8' around Oz.
ie from here in TAS to Melb, Adel, Alice, Darwin, Broome, Perth, Adelaide, FNQ, Bris, Syd, Mel, back to TAS.
Can go the reverse way too if thats better - not sure on the difference (if any?)

My question to you guys and hoping you have some ideas from your vast experience is:

What conditions/issues exist in certain regions at certain times of the year that we should avoid?
eg: the obvious one is being in the north of the country during the winter months and the south of the country during the summer months.

But what about things like constant high winds somewhere at a certain time of year? or insect issues at a certain time of year? Unbelievably busy periods.
Things like those.

I look forward to anyones thoughts/comments/ideas as we start to work our selves out a route and time of year to start.

Many thanks in advance.


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Reply By: Member - Alan H (QLD) - Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 12:46

Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 12:46
May help to get a list of school holidays for the next year. These are times to try to avoid being in "holiday destinations". Some areas will be peak hour regardless eg Broome - Kunnunnurra but don't let any of this put you off.

Beware of Border crossings and fruitfly areas - don't shop just before entering or you may loose some of your shopping.

While strong winds can be a problem in say West Australia or the Nullabor an extra day spent somewhere to let the weather pattern pass will help.

Enjoy the trip and accept the weather as you find it. In spite of a year trip you will still miss some places. Australia is a very large place.

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Reply By: member - mazcan - Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 12:55

Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 12:55
as you don't appear to be a member I think most of the imfo of use to you would be in the blog section and I think you have to be a paid member to read them ?? there is a huge amount of interesting blogs covering all areas of aus
which way you go is your choice and coming from Tassie is upto you as we don't know if you wont to experience the real aussie extreme hot weather or whether you want to experience the wet period rains/floods up north the fact is summer up north is really hot and and can be really wet
some years they don't get much rain and sometimes its extremely wet during the cyclone season thrown in as well
in the n/west and up and down the east coast cyclones and monsoon rains and floods look what they had in the last coulpe of years
so its a complete can of worms all round
trying to plan around the weather in aus is a curly one
know one can tell you that exactly it's all in the lap of the bloke in the top paddock its a wait and see what happens
every year is different its such a huge place
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Follow Up By: mountainman - Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 15:39

Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 15:39
no don't need to paid up to read the blogs..

might have to too reply maybe..
some good blogs..
reading material
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Reply By: Ross M - Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 13:19

Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 13:19
Captain Cook did a circumnavigate of a big island in a boat. One of the early boat people I believe.
Your route is a figure 8 on the land, more internal circles than circumnavigation.

I think it is a good way to go because you see some of the internal features instead of just coast all the time, well sort of all the time.
It also allows for covering some of the same areas but by taking a different path so you see more of the centre section.

Ross M
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Follow Up By: cunno1974 - Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 14:12

Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 14:12
lol yeah yeah I know. Thought the word circumnavigation would be clearer as the post header than 'Full figure 8 of Oz' would.
Thanks for your reply.
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Follow Up By: Member - Peter H1 (NSW) - Saturday, Jul 20, 2013 at 06:31

Saturday, Jul 20, 2013 at 06:31
Was not Cook it was Mathew Flinders, Bass and Flinders.

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Reply By: CSeaJay - Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 15:46

Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 15:46
Tricky as two of your northern trips (the two tops of the two hoops of your '8') need to be in winter.
Your Darwin-Broom areas on the first lap and the FNQ in the second lap definitely need to be in the winter or the 'dry' - no other option
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Follow Up By: cunno1974 - Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 16:14

Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 16:14
yep totally agreed - might need to spread it out to 18months then.
Thanks for the reply.
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Follow Up By: Ross M - Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 16:35

Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 16:35
That is a good point re the two spaced wet seasons but he comes from TAS, so used to the wet and wild.
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Follow Up By: CSeaJay - Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 20:28

Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 20:28
Hi Ross sorry I dont know you and therefore not sure if your tongue is in your cheek, but no matter how used he is to wet and wild he will not be able to do GRR or CY in the wet. Impassable. And both these destinations are pure magic, not to be missed on any loop let alone a double loop.
And to add, if you can plan these two destinations outside of school holidays it would be even better!
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Reply By: TwevSmiff - Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 18:59

Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 18:59
We are a pommie couple who have been right around once with a caravan (about 8 years ago) and several long trips since in a tent.
Here is a link to our blog: smithsdownunder.org.uk

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Reply By: Member - Chris_K - Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 20:02

Reply By: Member - sue and shaun - Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 20:39

Thursday, Jul 18, 2013 at 20:39
Hi Andrew,

we are very excited to hear that you are planning on doing a figure 8 around Oz as we are also thinking about doing the same but hoping all being well we will be heading off in 6 weeks time.
We are also wondering what the weather conditions will be like particularly at the top end as we were thinking it might be interesting to experience the wet season or( are we mad?) We are wondering if we would be stranded there for months or is there a possibility of us being able to leave.

We have an F250 and will be towing a 23ft off road van.

Good luck on your travels and i hope we get to meet you on the road somewhere.

Sue and Shaun
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Reply By: The Landy - Friday, Jul 19, 2013 at 10:15

Friday, Jul 19, 2013 at 10:15

Conventional wisdom suggests that travelling the north during winter is the way to go due to the rain and flooding during the summer monsoons.

And this will be true of many places, depending on where you are travelling.
But having grown up in “the north” you see it at its best during the “wet”.

But the rains is what makes northern Australia what it is, colourful, vibrant and alive.

And I understand travelling can be more difficult, but if you can, allow some time to visit parts of the north that are more readily accessible during the wet, you won’t regret it.

During the dry you will more likely encounter parched earth, smoke from fires, and the countryside just isn’t at its best...but yes, travel will be easier, just depends what you want to see.

Just some food for thought, and enjoy your trip!
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Reply By: Member - Darren M (VIC) - Friday, Jul 19, 2013 at 20:41

Friday, Jul 19, 2013 at 20:41
We travelled last year to the west, up north then down the centre. We stayed at many stations and free camped in WA. Saves you cash and meet great people. Most stations have websites.
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