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Submitted: Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 23:23
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Well I just got back to Perth after 4 weeks travelling across the lower half of Australia.
Left boxing day and ended up in Canberra visiting friends for a week after 2 weeks spread over Murray Bridge, Mt GAmbier, Peterbourough VIC(were we explored the great ocean road from).
It was my first trip acoss the nullabor as a adult and was very impressed.Didnt enjoy the first bit of SA but the 40deg plus temps might have had something do do with that.
LOved Murray Bridge and Mt Gambier as did the 4 kids and the wife.
The wife wasnt too keen on the windy roads of the Great Ocean Road or across the snowies from Khancoban to Jindabyne but I really enjoyed it.
Before I left I asked for advice on camping,accessability autogas and and a few others.
All the advice was accepted so thanks very much.
Alos recieved a few congratulations for getting out and travelling with 4 young kids 2,5,8,9 .
And we did it without a DVD player or laptop and without 2 many complaints from the kids who seem to have taken it all on board.
Did it in a 2000 4.5 GU patrol on gas and an old camprite camper which did the trick nicely.Also a tent for the kids.
Spotted a couple of stickers and tyre covers
one on a nissan heading into noreseman on the 27th dec and also the 2 mnissans and the Khancoban power station. That was the feral clan I believe.
So all I can add is get out there and give it a go.
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Reply By: gramps - Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 23:31

Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 23:31

Sounds like you guys had a great time. It's something that the three older kids will remember for the rest of their lives.

You can now start planning your next drive around the block :))))
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Reply By: Footloose - Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 at 00:10

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 at 00:10
I hope you remembered to tell the kids that they crossed the longest beach in the world :))
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Reply By: Shaker - Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 at 09:12

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 at 09:12
Congratulations for doing it 'without a DVD player'

I can't understand the "necessity" for DVD players in vehicles, surely the whole object of taking kids on a trip like that is to educate them by showing them the country that they live in, rather than having their eyes glued to a DVD player screen.
We used to play observation games like 'I Spy' or 'First One to See' which encouraged the kids to look around & take it all in.
I can't believe that it's legal to have a DVD screen in the front of a vehicle either, they reckon talking on a mobile is distracting, I would think watching a movie would be 100 times worse!
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Follow Up By: desert - Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 at 09:49

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 at 09:49
'I spy', wears a tad thin after a 1000kms on the Nullabor.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 at 11:00

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 at 11:00
Maybe ...... but did you grow up with a DVD player in your family car?
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 at 12:32

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 at 12:32
No fancy DVD player in my 4wd either.However I have occasionally been caught singing...but only when it's raining :))
My kids went around and through Australia without DVDs, campervans , electric fridges or DVD's. I just wish that air con and fridges had been affordable in those days, but we managed. We felt that we were a lot better off than many who only had 2wd. And infinately better off than the pioneers and explorers.
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 at 12:39

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 at 12:39
My kids also grew up with a love of travel. Daughter has now been o/s 4 times. Son gets paid to fly around Oz for his work.
They both remember their times travelling with mum and dad as great times. (some not so great but they've forgotten those:). I think that it's one of the best family things that you can do with your kids, before they become fixated on sports and their friends as teenagers.
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Follow Up By: Barnesy - Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 at 12:44

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 at 12:44
Don't have any children yet (my other half is still trying to convince me) but when i do and when travelling you can guarantee they won't have a tv or dvd at all, let alone in the car with them. if you want to watch tv you may as well stay home!
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 at 12:53

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 at 12:53
Barnsey, all you need to know about kids.
When you're younger:
They wreck a car and a womans insides.

When middle aged:
They wreck your sleep patterns as you worry about them while they tell you they hate you.

Old age :
They are the one thing you look back on and hope that you've taught em enough to be able to select the right old persons home :))

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Follow Up By: gramps - Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 at 13:23

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006 at 13:23
Hahahaha good one Footloose

Have kids when you're young Barnesy. They teach you a lot about life. One of my old teachers used to say if a teacher does'nt learn from his students he's in the wrong job :)))))
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