Driving from Melbourne to Darwin (june 2016)

Submitted: Thursday, Apr 28, 2016 at 12:52
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Hi Everyone.
I am new to this forum. My partner and I are driving from cairns to Melbourne *which we have done before* but the partner wants to go to darwin for the round of the v8's returning home to cairns in late June

A few questions if anyone can help
1. What sort of time frame do we need to allow for the trip from Melbourne to Darwin.
2 Recomended places to visit
3. Anthing to be wary off
4. What is fuel (diesel) like - be burnt before at burke we got sold "truck diesel" as diesel and the old bt50 injectors died due to it.
5. When leaveing Darwin to Cairns is it better to follow A1 or go through Mt Isa?

Thankyou

Samantha & Colleen
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Reply By: Member - mechpete - Thursday, Apr 28, 2016 at 16:18

Thursday, Apr 28, 2016 at 16:18
I would be very surprised if truck diesel caused injector failure ,
considering the technology in truck engines these days to meet emissions
an performance .
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Follow Up By: Member - Sam VK4AA - Thursday, Apr 28, 2016 at 21:28

Thursday, Apr 28, 2016 at 21:28
Well thats what we where told by the Mazda technician who sent the fuel away to be tested. Something to do with heating oil?
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Follow Up By: Sigmund - Friday, Apr 29, 2016 at 09:31

Friday, Apr 29, 2016 at 09:31
You probably got dirty truck diesel, or else the fault is on par with the Chinaman's horse.

Re heating oil, who uses that for heating these days? I have heard of it being added to servo storage tanks in Alpine areas to deal with the wax problem but that was decades ago.
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Reply By: Top End Az - Thursday, Apr 28, 2016 at 16:21

Thursday, Apr 28, 2016 at 16:21
Hi Sam and Colleen
So we can answer a bit more accurately could you specify the following:
- What sort of car will you be driving? The Ranger in your picture?
- Also will you be towing a van/camper trailer?
- What speeds do you generally travel at? The NT has some unrestricted speed limit sections and the rest of the NT side of the Stuart highway is mostly 130kph which can cut down travel time considerably if you don't mind wearing the extra fuel cost.
- How long each day do you intend driving (5 hours, 8 hours, 12 hours?) You can drive from Darwin To Alice Springs (1450km) if you have 2 drivers, sit on the speed limit and it takes about 13-15 hours ish which is a long day but doable if you need to make time.
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Follow Up By: Member - Sam VK4AA - Thursday, Apr 28, 2016 at 21:29

Thursday, Apr 28, 2016 at 21:29
Hi Sam and Colleen
So we can answer a bit more accurately could you specify the following:
- What sort of car will you be driving? The Ranger in your picture? Yes
- Also will you be towing a van/camper trailer? No
- What speeds do you generally travel at? The NT has some unrestricted speed limit sections and the rest of the NT side of the Stuart highway is mostly 130kph which can cut down travel time considerably if you don't mind wearing the extra fuel cost.
- How long each day do you intend driving (5 hours, 8 hours, 12 hours?) You can drive from Darwin To Alice Springs (1450km) if you have 2 drivers, sit on the speed limit and it takes about 13-15 hours ish which is a long day but doable if you need to make time.

Both of us drive
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Reply By: Robin Miller - Thursday, Apr 28, 2016 at 17:01

Thursday, Apr 28, 2016 at 17:01
Samantha & Colleen Hi.

We find you need 3+ days with little sight seeing.
This is with 2 drivers as its a lot of hours in the car.

We regularly go Melbourne (4am) to around Pt Augusta (4pm) ,
roughly 1100km and fill up with fuel/food there (aviods carrying fruit out of vic.)

Second day you can make it to NT border and free camp , although a little closer to Alice sets you up better so you can fuel up in Alice and continue on.

From Alice you can make it all the way to Darwin but its better to stop in Katherine on 3rd night and do short run into Darwin on 4th day.
Lots of driving and you need range of 1300 km or so.

At each night there are free camping options.


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Reply By: Life Member - Fred B (ex-NT) - Thursday, Apr 28, 2016 at 18:15

Thursday, Apr 28, 2016 at 18:15
Your return trip to Cairns, from Darwin, unless you want to do a lot of 4WD stuff on outback roads, then I suggest you travel: Darwin to 3Ways, Mt Isa to Charters Towers etc. Depending on time and your vehicle (and road conditions at the time) you could take the "short cut" from Hughenden to Ravenshoe via the Kennedy Developmental Road. I would check for latest conditions at Hughenden before using it.
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Reply By: Sigmund - Friday, Apr 29, 2016 at 09:34

Friday, Apr 29, 2016 at 09:34
I can recommend places for you to visit but not knowing your interests or capacities will probably be wasting my time.
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Follow Up By: Member - Sam VK4AA - Friday, Apr 29, 2016 at 15:41

Friday, Apr 29, 2016 at 15:41
We have a ranger with very little modifications (no snorkle nor has it been lifted)
Our interests are (history myself and mosaics/arts my partner)

Unfortunatly due to my illness walking distances of more then 400-500m is out of the question.

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