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Submitted: Friday, Jan 21, 2022 at 23:00
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G`day mates,

first of all: can you please open borders for me? I wanna stay for 1 year and cant go with whv cause I'm 2 old ;(

But, planning the trip is kind of anticipation :)

Anyway, if they open borders I'm one of the first to enter !

For my long trip I want to buy a 4WD and an offroadtrailer.

What happend to the prices for used cars? Exploding!?

So I found some payable 4WD's and most of them are he
Nissan Navara D22.

Now I need your opinion, pro 4WD-Driver.
Is this a 4WD that can handle 60/40 bitumen/offroad?
I dont wanna drive the hardest tracks but...

waiting for your answers :)

cheers
Heiner
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Reply By: Stephen L (Clare) SA - Friday, Jan 21, 2022 at 23:12

Friday, Jan 21, 2022 at 23:12
Hi Heiner

Our international borders are open

As long as you are fully vaccinated and meet the requirements, you should have no problems.

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Follow Up By: Frank P (NSW) - Friday, Jan 21, 2022 at 23:36

Friday, Jan 21, 2022 at 23:36
Except WA is closed UFN to all other Australian states and territories, I believe, so if Heiner arrives via east of the WA border, half of the country will be inaccessible "for the foreseeable future" in the Premier's words. I don't know if they're accepting internationals direct to WA.

EDIT: MrsP told me that the WA Premier has said the state border is closed until 85% of the population aged 5 years and over is triple vaxxed. That's a while away. Perhaps a WA reader here can confirm?
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Follow Up By: qldcamper - Saturday, Jan 22, 2022 at 08:05

Saturday, Jan 22, 2022 at 08:05
That is the same bloke that said it would open when WA was at 85% double vaxed.
He will do what the big 3 mining companies tell him to do.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bigfish - Saturday, Jan 22, 2022 at 08:08

Saturday, Jan 22, 2022 at 08:08
You could cruise around Australia for a year without going to W.A. and still have a fantastic time. W.A. is in its own time warp at the moment but reality will catch up..(just like it did in Qld). Land on the East coast, stay and shop around for a 4wd and plan your trip while in the country gathering local info. Depending on the seasons you will head North or South before venturing to the inland regions. Dont rush your trip by trying to see everything. Slow and steady will see you have a great holiday.
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Follow Up By: RMD - Saturday, Jan 22, 2022 at 09:20

Saturday, Jan 22, 2022 at 09:20
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Which of these mining companies are the big three? he is told by overseas interests what to do, that is whre his instructions come from. Aussies are expendable!
China Shenhua Energy Co., Ltd.
China Coal Energy Co., Ltd.
Zijin Mining Group Co., Ltd.
China Northern Rare Earth Group High-Tech Co., Ltd.
Jiangxi Copper Co., Ltd.
Shaanxi Coal and Chemical Industry Group Co., Ltd.
China Molybdenum Co., Ltd.
Shandong Gold Mining Co., Ltd.
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Follow Up By: Bazooka - Saturday, Jan 22, 2022 at 14:21

Saturday, Jan 22, 2022 at 14:21
Full moon time again is it?

WA's plan to open was before omicron proved to be highly "resistant" to two shot vaccines. Unlike his eastern counterparts, McGowan has had the opportunity to observe what has happened in eastern states because sandgropers were slow to get double vaxxed. Hence his reticence to proceed with earlier plans. Some reports also suggest WA health systems may not be as prepared for a covid onslaught as other states.

For those who haven't kept up to date, two shot vax efficacy is VERY low while three restores protection to near previous high levels for delta. It's very early days and data and advice are constantly changing but early indicators are that vaccine protection for omicron (which has numerous mutations) will be short (a few months) while breakthrough protection (contracting covid post vaccination) MAY provide near "superimmunity".

McGowan'sdecision seems a reasonable response to me, despite the pain.

Sorry Heiner.
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Follow Up By: ModSquad - Saturday, Jan 22, 2022 at 14:42

Saturday, Jan 22, 2022 at 14:42
Before this one derails further, let's get back to Heiner's query in the opening post.
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Follow Up By: Candace S. - Sunday, Feb 06, 2022 at 16:08

Sunday, Feb 06, 2022 at 16:08
Nope, still not open to tourists from overseas, other than a few "bubble" countries.

Dept of Health

Home Affairs - travel restrictions

But, the government says they're "close" to approving the return of international tourists. We'll see.

The latest news, as of 6 February
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Follow Up By: Member - Heiner B (INT) - Sunday, Feb 06, 2022 at 21:23

Sunday, Feb 06, 2022 at 21:23
G`day Candace,
ahhh, ok.... thought I can fly to NSW and then start my journey...???
So, it`s not OPEN FOR TOURISTS...
I still have some time
To be on the safe side, I have already applied for the visa but haven't received an answer yet...

Waiting has never been my strong point.

cheers
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Reply By: RMD - Saturday, Jan 22, 2022 at 09:35

Saturday, Jan 22, 2022 at 09:35
Heiner
Good to have you back if possible. I like some of the pics you have posted previously.
Which communist state would you like to see first? WA is out of bounds because of ideology, Victoria may be a problem if you have a tennis racquet, or is that, a tennis "racket", in your kit. Queensland will now welcome you if you have $$$$$'s. It might be a while before the stupidity of the nation improves.

Nissan Navara's are getting a bit used by now and many would need to be very thoroughly checked, mechanically. They will do most work and some second hand vehicles have been modified to be more off road oriented. Cam chains on D22 need to be closely assessed before any purchase.
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Reply By: Phil B (WA) - Saturday, Jan 22, 2022 at 10:25

Saturday, Jan 22, 2022 at 10:25
Common fellas anyone can see that English isn't Heiner's first language. Your barbs and innuendo about various states and premiers don't help him, even if in jest.

He just wants travel info and such.

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Follow Up By: RMD - Saturday, Jan 22, 2022 at 11:23

Saturday, Jan 22, 2022 at 11:23
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Heiner has been here before and travelled extensively throughout our little island and he knows what is what. He can tell many Aussies many things and "learn them good too". Heiner has been places most Aussies have not. He also has access to the internet and so can assess the political and travel situation.
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Reply By: Member - Warren H - Saturday, Jan 22, 2022 at 11:04

Saturday, Jan 22, 2022 at 11:04
Heiner, take a look on carsales.com.au. If you don't need a ute and are happy with a petrol engine, there are a quite a few Petrol Nissan GU Patrols on sale for less than AUD15 000. They have the thirsty but reliable 4.5l motor and are generally a good reliable simple if basic vehicle. I'd avoid any with lpg conversions as the fuel is increasingly hard to obtain and dual fuel (lpg or petrol) conversions have small petrol tanks. There are a larger number of petrol Toyota Landcruisers for sale, but they are generally AUD5–10 000 more expensive. You can also pick up a much later model generation 3/4 petrol Mitsubishi Pajero (Montero) for that price or a generation 2 for much less. Just be aware that some of the later model generation 2 NL models have Takata airbags that cannot be replaced an are now deemed unroadworthy. Earlier or perhaps base versions of the NL didn't have airbags and are great vehicles. Good hunting.
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Reply By: Bazooka - Saturday, Jan 22, 2022 at 14:40

Saturday, Jan 22, 2022 at 14:40
Heiner
Yep second hand prices have increased overall.
You haven't mentioned your budget but also have a look at the Mitsubishi Triton if you're looking for a "cheap" 4WD ute.
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Reply By: Member - Heiner B (INT) - Sunday, Jan 23, 2022 at 04:41

Sunday, Jan 23, 2022 at 04:41
Howdy guys

thanks for your answers, I see, I have to tell you a bit more...

I've been travelling around Australia for about 20 years and have seen quite a bit.

I love the desert and the solitude, I love all kinds of rainforest, I love to walk on dream beaches.
But most of all I love the very nice people in Australia :)

My travel budget is about 90000,- AUD for the whole year, without airfare.

Yes, my English is poor. I'm working on it! Sorry for that :)

I would like to start the trip with my friends in Perth, but when WA is closed I will have to change my travel plans.
Or maybe wait until April, who knows?
At my friends' place, I would not only have my own flat, but also a workshop to modify or rebuild the 4WD or the trailer. Any other place would most likely not offer such a thing.

Due to some sleep problems I decided to buy a 4WD with offroad trailer, the trailer I can then leave somewhere and make daily tours with the 4WD.

Petrol? ahhh, actually I only like diesel vehicles.
Also because of the advantages off-road.
Maybe a good Nissan Navara D22 that has been checked by a specialist workshop.

Novak Djokovic is just ridiculous.
Good thing the Australian court expelled him, who knows what would have happened if he had been allowed to play?
Uprising of the citizens?

Alaaf
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Follow Up By: Michael H9 - Sunday, Jan 23, 2022 at 08:45

Sunday, Jan 23, 2022 at 08:45
The D22 has a pretty rough ride and still has manual locking free wheeling front hubs from memory, if any of that is important?
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Follow Up By: Member - Warren H - Sunday, Jan 23, 2022 at 10:45

Sunday, Jan 23, 2022 at 10:45
I worked for many years with colleagues who did remote field work. Before the advent of turbo diesels, their strong preference was for petrol engines. Turbo diesels and the use of catalytic converters in petrol vehicles although not initially in 4WD vehicles, changed the equation sometime in the 1990s, especially if they also worked in farming areas, nothing like setting fire to your vehicle and the farmers wheat field to dent popularity.
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Follow Up By: Member - shane r1 - Sunday, Jan 23, 2022 at 11:55

Sunday, Jan 23, 2022 at 11:55
G’day Heiner,
I reckon your English is pretty good , better written than some aussies!
Have a good one!
Cheers Robbo
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Follow Up By: Member - McLaren3030 - Sunday, Jan 23, 2022 at 13:50

Sunday, Jan 23, 2022 at 13:50
Hi Warren,

Yes, that was true 25 years ago, but Diesel engines have improved a lot since then. That and gearing ratios in transmissions have meant that Diesels are now the preferred power plant in most 4WDs.

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Follow Up By: RMD - Sunday, Jan 23, 2022 at 22:48

Sunday, Jan 23, 2022 at 22:48
Heiner,
Shane who rides an R1 Yamaha, thinks the same as I do. Your written word is far better than some of the home grown ones here. I know what you mean all the time. You forgot to mention for a while you had a bike here on one or more of your visits and took great pictures.

Shane, a bloke I know made a V8 out of two R1 engines, designed the crankshaft and crankcase and frame. it is called PGM. Google it!
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Follow Up By: Candace S. - Sunday, Feb 06, 2022 at 16:11

Sunday, Feb 06, 2022 at 16:11
"My travel budget is about 90000,- AUD for the whole year, without airfare."

I wish I had a travel budget that size!! :)

Good luck! Hopefully you'll get there soon. The government is now looking at fully reopening to int'l tourists by Easter.
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Sunday, Jan 23, 2022 at 09:21

Sunday, Jan 23, 2022 at 09:21
I reckon in your situation I would be looking for a Toyota Troopy camper.
Maybe even an ex hire one. Then add a pile of solar.
Single vehicle, no towing, go anywhere, best service and parts network, best resale (but better to park it up for the next trip?).
Personally, I would go for a high top rather than a pop top.
https://www.bing.com/search?q=toyota+troop+carrier+bush+camper&cvid=3b44bba511154151910f5d699ce868d6&aqs=edge..69i57.15750j0j4&FORM=ANAB01&PC=VALBAN
Cheers,
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