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Submitted: Thursday, Jun 17, 2004 at 22:40
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There is a company that offers Landcruisers with drivers. If I hire this particular company are there any questions I can or should ask the perspective driver to see if he is going to be able to handle the vehicle properly offroad?

Would I be better off renting a Landcruiser and then hiring a capable driver through one of the 4x4 clubs, etc?

Coming from the US, not knowing anything about offroading or driving on the other side of the road, I definitely won't be doing any of the driving. This would be over a 2 week period so I have some concerns.

Thanks in advance
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Reply By: Baz (NSW) - Thursday, Jun 17, 2004 at 22:54

Thursday, Jun 17, 2004 at 22:54
This is a set up right, a trick question, next you'll be asking for someone to hold ya hand to go to the bloody toilet. I'm sorry if this appears to be rude but your going off road with an tour group not going to bloody Mars.
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Victoria) - Thursday, Jun 17, 2004 at 23:26

Thursday, Jun 17, 2004 at 23:26
lol...lots of photos of the outback look as though it could be Mars or even the Moon Baz so it's very easy to get confused. Do you really think the USA vistied the moon. I heard they ran outta fuel and landed somewhere
in Oz :)
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Reply By: Vic from Great Divide Tours - Thursday, Jun 17, 2004 at 22:56

Thursday, Jun 17, 2004 at 22:56
Marbro

All depends how much they are asking as to whether you go with the company that also supplies the driver, and as you say you have no idea if he knows how to handle the vehicle in outback Australia, which is quite a daunting place due to its isolation (compared with USA country side) See my website www.4wd.net.au for some idea on how large it really is.

Hiring your own 4WD is also fraught with problems too, especially if you do not hire one that is appropriately set up for your needs eg, are you camping out or staying in motels/hotels (this will restrict where you can go). Then getting the right person for your driver could also be a daunting task.

What parts of Australia did you wish to see during your 2 weeks? This is usually another problem with OS visitors, they just don't realise the vastness of our country and the poor quality roads in comparison to their homeland.
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Reply By: Member - Jack - Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 06:42

Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 06:42
C'mon guys - we always bag those that go unprepared into the "tough" areas, but here is a guy trying to take a few precautions and he cops it too?

Marbro: Let us know where you are going. You can get pretty well right around Australia and don't need to leave the blacktop. Let us know where you want to go and it will make giving you some advice and hints a little m ore meaningful.

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Reply By: Nudenut - Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 08:19

Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 08:19
Hire Car drivers have to be Accreditited here in Australia....so I would imagine he has done a 4WD course approved by authorities to allow him to offer his services
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Reply By: Willem - Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 09:06

Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 09:06
Marbro,

Where do you want to go? If you fly in to Adelaide I can take you in to the South Australian Outback and show you some of the most isolated areas.

This will be a Private Trek as I am not a commercial operator. I have 35 years experience in the outback and driving a variety of tracks and cross country.

If interested contact me through my website below.
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Follow Up By: Nudenut - Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 09:45

Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 09:45
I hope you tell him that he'll need to know how drink hehehe
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Follow Up By: Willem - Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 12:14

Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 12:14
Whatcher talkin about Nudie? You drank 6 beers the other night to my my one glass of muscat. But I will keep you in mind for training sessions in imbibing....sounds like you are VERY experienced. :-)
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Follow Up By: Des Lexic - Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 12:18

Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 12:18
Now Now Nudie, you know Willie never lets alcohol touch his lips.
Hey Willie, can I come too.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 12:28

Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 12:28
Hey Des...of course you can come as long as we can use the Purple Yota :-)
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Follow Up By: Nudenut - Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 17:37

Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 17:37
1 glass....hahahaha...how come it was always full when i looked into it?
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Follow Up By: Willem - Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 18:29

Friday, Jun 18, 2004 at 18:29
Nudie,

That was terribly remiss of me not to offer you any of my muscat. I was unaware that you were staring in to my glass checking the contents. Please just ask next time... I am willing to share my meagre glassfull.........though it beats me why you would be looking so at my glass when you had four stubbies in your jacket pockets and a bottle of red in your hand...hahahahahaha....maybe some counselling would suffice.....????????? :-)))))))))
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Follow Up By: Nudenut - Monday, Jun 21, 2004 at 09:08

Monday, Jun 21, 2004 at 09:08
It was downright rude of you not to offer me any of your muscat!
and Yes I was staring at the contents wondering if I was going to get the cup passed inder my nose at least!
And yes I will ASK next time!
The stubbies and red were empty!
Tried counselling and that only made thoings worse...they decided to join me!

met up again with keith palmer saturday and he gave the club a little water painting and a desription under which I have brought back to Adelaide to have framed. He is supposed to be doing a painting and sketch of our cottages. Do you know him?
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Follow Up By: Willem - Monday, Jun 21, 2004 at 17:01

Monday, Jun 21, 2004 at 17:01
There is always a NEXT time Nudie.

Yes I know Keith Palmer. He is a member of the Painters of the Flinders Ranges Art Network Assoc. My missus is the President of that Association.
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Follow Up By: Nudenut - Monday, Jun 21, 2004 at 18:13

Monday, Jun 21, 2004 at 18:13
I figured you might know him....your lucky i didnt tell him how rude you were not offering me some muscat
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