best way to go caboolture to ayers rock

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Can any give us the best way to go from brisbane to ayers rock also the fuel usage
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Reply By: Member - Stillthinkinaboutit - Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 18:36

Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 18:36
A number of options exist. A bit more information might narrow it down.
What type of vehicle are you planning to travel in ?
Are you towing anything, if so is it offroad / gravel road capable ?
What sort of recovery gear do you have ( if any ) ?
What sort of accomodation would you be requiring on route ( camping / motels etc. )?
How many days would you expect to take to cover the distance ?
Do you want to see any sights on route to Ayers Rock etc. ?

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Reply By: mumwith2 - Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 18:49

Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 18:49
it will be a
4runner v6 Petrol, towing a trailer able to go off road we only have a snatch strap at this moment we are planning to camp.
i have been told it should take 3 days
hopefull y to see some sights
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Follow Up By: snailbate - Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 19:41

Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 19:41
hi dont do it
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Follow Up By: Ian(Qld) - Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 20:04

Thursday, Jan 27, 2005 at 20:04

Don't be discouraged by the weekend warriors. It really does depend on how much time you have. A safe option is to go via Mt Isa seeing Longreach and the Hall of Fame, Walkabout Creek on the way. heaps to see.
otherwise out through Charleville or Thargamindah to head for Boulia then Tobermorley heading down the Plenty Highway to the Stuart Highway north of Alice.
Just make sure you have a UHF comms to talk to the other traffic, not much, but enough to help you in difficult times.
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Follow Up By: Member - Wim (Qld) - Friday, Jan 28, 2005 at 09:17

Friday, Jan 28, 2005 at 09:17

That really is a tall order for three days.
No time for stops other than night time for rest.
Even Boulia to Gem tree is a big day even if the Plenty hwy is in good condition.
IMHO you really do need to add some more time.

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Reply By: mumwith2 - Friday, Jan 28, 2005 at 09:27

Friday, Jan 28, 2005 at 09:27
we were told it would take three days we are taking 4wks holiday
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Reply By: Member- Starky - Friday, Jan 28, 2005 at 09:58

Friday, Jan 28, 2005 at 09:58

The wife and I are going to Ayres Rock/Alice in June 2005. Leaving from Maryborough Qld we will take seven days to get that far going down through Innaminka Marree Oodnadatta. I do not think you could do it to Alice in three days no matter what way you going. Last year it took us three days to get back from Birdsville to Maryborough without much stopping. You could expect to do 800k a day tops safely.

We have a Prado towing an off road camper and staying at van parks along the way. The wife likes her comforts. We will end up going to Darwin and back through the Gulf.

Good luck with your drive. You must have good tyres, very important.
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Reply By: MrBitchi - Friday, Jan 28, 2005 at 10:01

Friday, Jan 28, 2005 at 10:01
If you're limited to 3 days stick to the Highway via Mt Isa / Three Ways.
If you have time go via the Plenty.

Stop at Longreach and have a look at the Hall of Fame and the QANTAS museum. (can get to Longreach in 1 LONG day, with kids youll need 2)

Stop at Winton and do a day trip to Larks Quarry (dinosaur stampede, 1 day)

Across to Boulia for the Min Min experience. (1 day)

Then the Donahue to Tobamorey station. This track can be very corrugated in places. (1 day)

Then the Plenty to Alice Springs. Long drive for one day but can be split into two days if required. (1/2 days)

Alice to The Rock.(1 day)

Thats chewed up 7/8 days of youre holiday! As you can see, if you want to see anything while you're travelling it takes time. You'll need to break it up especially with kids. Theres a heck of a lot of ks to cover with not much to see for the kids.

Take your time and enjoy the drive.

Cheers, John.

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Reply By: mumwith2 - Friday, Jan 28, 2005 at 10:20

Friday, Jan 28, 2005 at 10:20
thanks for the great information i had a feeling that it would take more than three days. I would mind going to see some of those great spots.
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Reply By: Glenno - Friday, Jan 28, 2005 at 15:10

Friday, Jan 28, 2005 at 15:10
Travelmate is a great free mapping program on the net.

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It knows just about every town in Australia and gives detailed directions.


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Reply By: Noosa Bushtrackers - Friday, Jan 28, 2005 at 20:57

Friday, Jan 28, 2005 at 20:57
mumwith2. I agree with all the others. We took 6 days last year to get from Sunshine Coast to Boulia and then found that the Plenty had been closed by rain near Harts Range so had to detour via Mt Isa. Ayers Rock is just an over priced rock, and all the places that you would be travelling through like Longreach, Winton and the likes of Kings Canyon have far more to offer. We know of another Bushtracker owner who said he could do Sunshine Coast to Alice Springs in 3 days who wrote his Toyota and brand new caravan off when he crashed on the Plenty Highway.

Travel slower and less distance each day and you will appreciate the country that you are travelling through and the 2 will still have a mum to look after them.
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Reply By: Footloose - Saturday, Jan 29, 2005 at 10:36

Saturday, Jan 29, 2005 at 10:36
Have done Gold Coast to Alice via the Plenty in 3 days but they were very long hard days. Suggest you take your time, you'll enjoy it far more.
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