Where to go when it gets hot?

Submitted: Saturday, Jun 19, 2004 at 20:21
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As much as i'd love to be touring the Kimberley or Northern Territory this winter with our Bushtracker caravan, financial year stuff means i cannot take holidays now. Next opportunity is after Christmas - but most of Oz is too hot to explore in summer. We are in the West, so it takes a slice out of the holiday travelling East and returning. Where can we go when it is so hot. We like to drive around 4-5 hours per day, to allow time for walking, climbing, sightseeing, and i can't cope when it's too hot out there. We like to get away from it all and explore oz. Any suggestions? Oh to win Lotto and leave work all behind!
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Reply By: Bonz (Vic) - Saturday, Jun 19, 2004 at 20:49

Saturday, Jun 19, 2004 at 20:49
you going to the Boggers meet this year Northern NSW?
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Follow Up By: motherhen - Saturday, Jun 19, 2004 at 21:44

Saturday, Jun 19, 2004 at 21:44
NSW toooooo far away. I watch the BOGgers web site tho'.
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Reply By: Member - Nick (TAS) - Saturday, Jun 19, 2004 at 21:31

Saturday, Jun 19, 2004 at 21:31
You could always come down to Tassie,cold one day,colder the next.Naa,its not that bad (all the time) but in summer you could get a few days up around 30 deg then the next few could get back down to 15deg.Never know from day to day.By the way,you gotta beat me to that Tats win,I got it all planned now,IF ONLY.
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Follow Up By: motherhen - Saturday, Jun 19, 2004 at 21:47

Saturday, Jun 19, 2004 at 21:47
Would loooove to spent time touring Tassie - but thought it takes a week or so each way travel, and 2 weeks wouldn't do Tassie justice. That may have to wait for the Lotto win too. How far ahead so you need to book on the ferry for the 4wd plus caravan?
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Follow Up By: gamefish - Sunday, Jun 20, 2004 at 12:18

Sunday, Jun 20, 2004 at 12:18
Nick
I am looking at doing tassie this christmas from Brissy. I plan to take a total of 3 weeks off, and spend two weeks doing tassie. Do you think I will be too rushed in two weeks. Interested in doing the west cost and the north east, and maybe spending a night of two around hobart.

You thoughts on two weeks?
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Follow Up By: Member - Nick (TAS) - Sunday, Jun 20, 2004 at 12:25

Sunday, Jun 20, 2004 at 12:25
Depends how much real off roading you do down the West Coast,you could easily spend all your 2 weeks down there.We usually head off somewhere up around the North East camping,anywhere from George Town around the coast down to Swansea.
You'll be pushed for time but it should be a good apitiser to come back for a month or more later on.
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Follow Up By: gamefish - Sunday, Jun 20, 2004 at 12:36

Sunday, Jun 20, 2004 at 12:36
Thanks Nick

Might see if I can squeeze a couple more days in for tassis...? Can't use all my holiday's though...doing the Cape in August 05!!

cheers
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Follow Up By: Member - Nick (TAS) - Sunday, Jun 20, 2004 at 13:09

Sunday, Jun 20, 2004 at 13:09
I know what you mean,I usually take holidays every two years saving them up so I can have a decent break,touring the Big Island and have the weekends camping in Tassie.Did the Cape last year,you'll love it.
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Reply By: Pluto - Sunday, Jun 20, 2004 at 08:52

Sunday, Jun 20, 2004 at 08:52
Try the South Coast.... Augusta, right through to Israelite Bay is a large area that has plenty of interesting off roading and vaning possibilities. AND the weather is mild in summer...

I'll probably be down at Bremer Bay for New Year.
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Reply By: Willem - Sunday, Jun 20, 2004 at 10:06

Sunday, Jun 20, 2004 at 10:06
Yep...agree with Pluto. From Port Augusta south to Port Lincoln and across to Ceduna there are heaps of isolated beach camp spots and some 4x4 tracks especially around Coffin Bay. Good fishing and and good fish shops and the weather stays mild.
Other places are the south coast of Victoria and up throiugh the Coorong in SA.
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Follow Up By: Pluto - Sunday, Jun 20, 2004 at 13:54

Sunday, Jun 20, 2004 at 13:54
Wrong State, mate... Augusta, WA. Not Port Augusta. You have places like the Fitzgerald River NP, Cape Le Grand, Cape Arid.

The D'Entrecasteaux NP can be explored as a series of day trips out of Pemberton. You can do battle with the Warren estuary and Calcup Hill, followed by watching the sun set over Big Brook Dam with a bottle of the local Red. Hmm... That's the the life.

Mind you, I wouldn't mind spending a few weeks exploring the Eyre peninsular myself.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Sunday, Jun 20, 2004 at 15:01

Sunday, Jun 20, 2004 at 15:01
Yeah Pluto...sounds good...I must visit there too. Still have to do the south west of WA. Seems there is a never ending list of places to visit.
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Reply By: Member - DickyBeach - Tuesday, Jun 22, 2004 at 00:37

Tuesday, Jun 22, 2004 at 00:37
Motherhen, I apologise in advance for "lecturing" or "preaching" but in my early working life I, too, was bugged by end of FY accounting stuff (I'm a beanie), missing out on heaps of skiing holidays and I vowed that when I had the clout I'd do something about it. As it happened all my jobs after that were as CFO with US subsidiaries and the Yanks INSISTED that end of FY reports be in by the usual 5th working day and it forced us to implement first class procedures and disciplines and so the problem was made to disappear. These were $100-250m companies. End of Lecture.
"Bushtracker" pretty much means away from the coast where roads don't require a real caravan, but aren't there exceptions around WA's southwest cornercoastlines? We scratched the surface there with our Kimberley Kamper last year and, rightly or wrongly, assumed (dangerous) there would be plenty of opportunities for future away-from-it-all travel. Not so?
What size Bushtracker is it?
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Follow Up By: motherhen - Tuesday, Jun 22, 2004 at 00:54

Tuesday, Jun 22, 2004 at 00:54
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Reply By: Member - Camper (SA) - Tuesday, Jun 22, 2004 at 19:43

Tuesday, Jun 22, 2004 at 19:43
Motherhen'
If you get to SA put some money aside and take the ferry to Kangaroo Is.
Spend some real time there not like the bus trippers.
Plenty of great walks, remote beaches,stunning headlands, birdwatching, echidnas crossing the road ahead, skippies galore and the occaisional goanna.
Campsites are good and the people friendly especially if the know you are staying awhile.
Because it's an Island it has cool weather most of the time even when the famous SA hot northerlies blow.
Cheerio,
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Reply By: Member - Brett H (QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 22, 2004 at 20:30

Tuesday, Jun 22, 2004 at 20:30
Noting better than the Kimberly mid April. Be one of the first through when the road opens (GRR) and you will have the whole route to yourself. Fresh water in all of the creeks to have a wash. Crisp nights. Plenty of room to camp at Mitchell Falls.

And you are not driving in someone elses dust all day.

Where ever you go enjoy yourself.
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Reply By: motherhen - Tuesday, Jun 22, 2004 at 23:29

Tuesday, Jun 22, 2004 at 23:29
Thanks guys for keeping the suggestions coming. It will be debated between my SWMBO (supercilious wicked male behaving obnoxiously - sorry guys - had to get that one in) and I whether its the costs East of Esperance where we haven't been, or Eyre Peninsula. Kimberley in April sounds tempting - but such a long way so may leave that till retirement (if i ever get there!). This Forum is addictive.
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