Video - BrisVegas to the Rock via the Simpson - 3,000km in 3 minutes

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Travel from Brisbane (BrisVegas) to Uluru (Ayers Rock) - a road trip of around 3,000km travelling almost due west. The road starts as a highway deteriorating to a sandy track in the Simpson Desert and becoming a fast bitumen road as we get closer to the rock.

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Reply By: Member - Jack - Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 08:51

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 08:51
If I hadn't seen it with my own eyes I would not have believed it possible.
Must get a turbo on my old bus cruiser.
Very entertaining. Thanks.

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Reply By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 08:52

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 08:52
A waste of an excellent trip and a waste of time looking at it. Too fast and cannot see anything.

Methinks it is more of an ego trip with the camera or editor.

A shame

Phil
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Follow Up By: OutdoorGaz - Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 09:24

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 09:24
haha Phil .... its only 3mins of your life you'll never get back

just chill Phil ;)
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Follow Up By: OutdoorGaz - Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 09:30

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 09:30
Maybe the 10min version of the WAA line would be more to you liking :)

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Follow Up By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 11:47

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 11:47
I did and I enjoyed the "slow" normal speed stuff.

Maybe I should have clarified my comment.

One thing that annoys me is when it is unnatural or edited or where the camera is turned on it's side or the director tries to better nature. What I am on about is like at the fireworks where the director is trying to "enhance" the natural beauty by playing with video effects. They rarely do. And your fast one was just a play with the camera.

Whether it's 3 seconds, 3 minutes or 3 hours has no relevance. If it is worthwhile then great if not then why waste a any time left. It is too precious. I should know as I have in the last couple of years "died" five times, got an incurrable cancer (under control att), got severly poisoned and just last week a stroke.

Sorry but even though you may have gone to great lengths (well done there) to select sections and merge them appropriately, it was not a video of the trip. We often get told in forums to take it easy and look around. Stop, make a cuppa and check out places on the way.

I wanted to see the Simpson. All I saw was a whole blur of scenery going past.

Phil
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Follow Up By: OutdoorGaz - Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 13:10

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 13:10
Sorry to hear about your health - hope your time left is well spent.

Your comments on "not wasting any time" are true. The prime reason that I do these videos are for myself and my daughter who was on the trip.

One day, I won't be on this earth anymore either, but my daughter will be able to watch the videos which will prompt memories of time well spent.

Another reason for making them is I enjoy it - a creative outlet and something that might remind me of the good times I had when I an not so fit or able ... or possibly can't even remember the trip.

So far people from all over the country have collectively spent over a 100hrs of their lives watching and hopefully getting something out of the video. If they weren't getting anything out of the video, I assume they would have stopped watching.

All in all, I'd say the videos are not a waste .... perhaps of your time, but that is your choice.

Good luck with the time you have.

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Follow Up By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 13:38

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 13:38
Mate I am ready. And like you I also have one or two videos. But unfortunately not of the Simpson. We have been there but no videos.

Links below show a high country drive and the second one has a good comment from the navigator about cresting a damned steep and very narrow climb in the Flinders. I took ages to put the high country one together. Even a bit of background music and commentry. Kind of "embracing the technology". The kids love them anyway.

Take care

Phil



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Follow Up By: prado 01 - Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 15:26

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 15:26
I'm guessing the cook was not impressed.
Cheers
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Reply By: Les - PK Ranger - Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 08:58

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 08:58
Nice one Gaz, goes to show how hors of boring road trip vid can be turned into something very fun : )
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Follow Up By: prado 01 - Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 09:36

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 09:36
Road trips boring !!!, you're kidding mate, that's what this place is all about.
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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 09:44

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 09:44
The VIDEOS are usually boring !!
Not the trip itself :)
You ever sit there watching your in car cam looking for special footage ? :D
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Reply By: Lyn W3 - Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 09:46

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 09:46
Great one

Thanks for posting.
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Reply By: member - mazcan - Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 11:23

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 11:23
hi outdor
a teaser for the real outback but my eyes went blurry
would like to see it at normal speed now in a blog so one can take in more detail
saw the AAline video the other day and it was good and is actually part of this video
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Follow Up By: OutdoorGaz - Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 11:34

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 11:34
its a fine balance between making something watchable - for some it will be too fast, others too slow. You can always pause it on something you find interesting.

Route followed and snippets shown in order were Ipswich, Toowoomba (range), Darling Downs, CSG site near Roma, roadworks near Mitchell, Quilpie town, Windorah caravan park, town, road to Birsdville with airstrip built into the road, Birdsville, Big Red, Simpson desert (see longer video for detail), cows near Finke, Kulgera, Stuart Hwy, Yulara.

Hope this helps.
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Follow Up By: member - mazcan - Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 11:42

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 11:42
I was quiet impressed by the FJ cruisers ability and the way it handled the rough stuff and it seemed to ride smoothly does it still have its standard suspension ??
or have you enhanced it in any way
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Follow Up By: OutdoorGaz - Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 11:48

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 11:48
It has a 2inch TJM lift and Goodyear MTR tyres (standard size 265/70 17) so no enhancements.

The FJ is a very capable vehicle but is petrol (which some don't like), not so good in city carparks with the suicide doors and relatively low GVM (510kg of load) which is more marketing than capability.

The FJ loves the bush and you'd be hard pressed to get it stuck :) and is great fun to drive. (and value for money at around $45k drive away new)
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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 13:03

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 13:03
Gaz, $45k new ? Is that a typo ? Thought they were around $75k ?
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Follow Up By: OutdoorGaz - Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 13:14

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 13:14
Definitely no typo Les

RRP is around $50k but $45 drive away is what people are paying :)

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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 17:30

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 17:30
Geez, not bad then . . . have been on a trip with one in a group, large sandhills, and it got the highest point on one of the challenge hills, very capable.
Thought I did well paying 33k new for the Ranger with 12mths onroad.
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Reply By: allein m - Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 12:00

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 12:00
Thank you for that a interesting insight on your trip
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Reply By: Member - Jack - Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 14:44

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 14:44
Jeeeeezuz there are some picky buggers around. I thought it was a bit of fun and enjoyed it for what it was. If I want the full blown trip (zzzzzzzzzzzzz) I am sure you'd have that as well. But then it reminds me of those boring slide nights from years ago.
If you enjoy doing it, just do it and don't be drawn into some of the BS that you've had to cop for posting it.
Stay happy, brother.
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Follow Up By: Barbera72 - Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 15:45

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 15:45
yes, can you post the vid of the whole trip please? I have a couple of spare weeks :-)
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Follow Up By: Member - Jack - Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 16:16

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 16:16
Barbera72, you're not helping :-)

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Follow Up By: KevinE - Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 16:46

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 16:46
Ditto Jack! I thought the video was great fun & I thought the ego trip reference was a bit rich, coming from where it did!
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Follow Up By: Barbera72 - Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 16:48

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 16:48
Seriously, I'll be particularly interested in the stretch between Brisbane and Cunnamulla. :-)
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Follow Up By: sweetwill - Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 16:50

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 16:50
Gaz. I loved it. laughed all through it cheers Bill.
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Follow Up By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 08:28

Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 08:28
It sure was Kevin. But both the op and myself found some common ground and understand each other. Apparently one ot two people above didn't read past the word ego and see that all is good.

The middle part has sure fired me up to go back though. However at a much more liesurely pace than in Gaz's video rate.

Barbara. Gaz did post the link to the 10 minute version. You will have to read his posts to find it. I cannot remember the link. But it is there somewhere as he showed it to me.

Phil
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Follow Up By: Barbera72 - Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 11:06

Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 11:06
Yes yes, we watch the videos and share some humor. Some videos are inspiring and well filmed, others are a bit boring, especially if you have traveled that way several times. It is fair to say, if you post a video on a forum, or even on youtube, you may get the occasional negative comment. It's all good. I have made travel videos too (many), just because I couldn't get the excitement of the trip out of the system. Watching them after few years, some of them look fairly poor and others still look fresh and meaningful. Overall, I believe a trip across the Simpson of a Father and Daughter together, regardless of the video, is a fantastic thing and should be celebrated. The bonding of such values as family, or Parent/Children relationship together with remoteness, wilderness and adventure, are all the best things we can ask from life.
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Follow Up By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 12:17

Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 12:17
As you say "I believe a trip across the Simpson of a Father and Daughter together . . . . . should be celebrated." Too right.

Sorry about just commenting on this tiny portion of you good post. However, if you will indulge me a moment;

I was thrilled when two of our sons purchased a 4WD each (both 4.2TDs) and organised a trip for their families and my wife and I, to Cape York, the tip and several iconic 4WD tracks and destinations. It was extra special because I had just been diagnosed with an incurable and unpredictable cancer. Thank God that I am still here.

We took many videos but no matter how much time I spent trying to put together a video to show what we felt during the "family drive", I failed. I spent ages and in the end just wrote a blog in my diary that they can read later. I am so grateful for the right and priviledge to have been with them on such an iconic trip.

I can therefore fully and wholeheartedly understand the special pleasure of such a bonding and intimate trip.

As Joe used to say "don't you worry about that". And my aim was not to discredit that part. I did acknowledge his work and congratulated him on it.

Family comes first I agree.

Phil
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Follow Up By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 12:49

Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 12:49
The family at Daintree Village:

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Reply By: Skulldug - Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 16:48

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 16:48
Thanks Gaz,

It gave a really good cross section of Aus I haven't seen. Now I can stay home and read the forum more often :)

Skull
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Reply By: dindy - Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 17:02

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 17:02
What a pisser, I think it is great you must have had fun putting this together, reminds me of the old keystone cops movies a whole feature film story line done in five minutes.
It beats the hell out of the "well look what we done on our last trip" movie, me washing me undies, missus washing her feet, me washing the wheels, missus washing the washing etc etc. In respect of the comments by PJR, bloody hell mate I too have been where you are now except I didn't lose my sense of humour and can still recognize when people are having a bit fun. But i guess its a hangover from the days when there was a attitude of "you need to take life more seriously because if you don't only bad things will happen to you" dumb thinking!
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Reply By: Member - Leigh (Vic) - Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 19:23

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 19:23
A most enjoyable clip, thank you for sharing!
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Reply By: Member - Andrew L (QLD) - Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 20:23

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 20:23
Well done Gaz and daughter...reminds me of my 1st trips into the Simpson with my 2 sons. Wish I had that back again....
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Reply By: Robyn R4 - Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 21:31

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 21:31
Wow-loved it!
I have absolutely no idea how to operate a video camera, let alone do all that creative editing!
An interesting insight into the Birdsville-Erldunda bit that I haven't done...
Thanks for that bit of light entertainment!
So how long did it really take for that trip? Once you hit Uluru, how did you do the return trip to Brissy?
:)
PS: Those portable traffic lights-was that along the Warrego Highway near Mitchell? We stayed at the caravan park on the edge of Mitchell, right near a set of those lights and listened to the road trains (allllll night!) having to stop at the lights and go through all the gears again...augh!
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Follow Up By: OutdoorGaz - Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 07:56

Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 at 07:56
Thanks Robyn

It took 7 days from Brisbane to Yulara. We then took another 14 to get back via the west and east Macdonell Ranges - so much to see. Last 4 day were from Gemtree to Boulia to Winton to Augathella to Brisbane. Apart from the first day out, only drove during the day because there are too many roos and other wildlife to drive after dark.

Last year stayed at the caravan park at Mitchell - nice park but train, trucks and road works are all very noisy.
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Reply By: KevinE - Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 23:02

Monday, Jul 29, 2013 at 23:02
Gaz, that is gold, thanks for sharing it mate!

That clip is absolutely sensational!!! ;=)

Thanks for all of the time & effort that must have gone into putting that together.

Here's raising a glass to you with a huge smile on my dial!

Thanks again,

Kevin :)



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