Are we crazy!

Submitted: Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 21:31
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Got 6 months off (long service leave),going up the centre to the top and around the west coast and back across to nallarbor.Places we are planning to visit...flinders ranges,oodnatta track,lake eyre,alice springs,west & east macdonnell ranges,kakadu,darwin,bungle bungles,kimberley area(gibb river road),broome,ningaloo,perth,albany,kalgoorlie,adelaide then back to melb.
Now wait for it......with 3 kids (11,3,2)and wife.....wait there is more..a ford territory and ct..(thought about changing cars cant do)..is it possible to do in.. 6 months...in a territory....with 3 kids....going on the 1st of april(i know april fools day) cheers madman
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Reply By: Peter 2 - Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 21:56

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 21:56
Yes mate go for it, best thing you will ever do. spending time travelling with the kids is something you will never forget.
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Reply By: hoyks - Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 21:57

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 21:57
Have fun. I would imagine that it is do-able.
At least you are allowing time to do it as I would imagine that most friction occurs when you try to go too far too quickly and everyone gets sick of the sight of the inside of the car.
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Follow Up By: Member - Steve O (VIC) - Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 22:29

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 22:29
Trying to drive 3-4 hrs to each stop over..cheers steve
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Reply By: rolande- Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 22:09

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 22:09
G'Day Steve,

Go for it, as stated, best 6 months with the kids you will ever spend.

First thing to remember is even though you will be on the road, kids prefer routine, so pack / unpack at each stop is much easier if the kids have a role to play and understand where they fit in. The older kids can help with unpacking clothing / food / kitchen etc, while the younger one can become "pillow person" or whatever job they enjoy. This way you will find they will not only enjoy the experience more but set up / pack up will be very quick and at each camp the CT will look the same, so will seem like a home not just a tent, better security for the kids.

Hope this helps

Rolande
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Follow Up By: Member - Steve O (VIC) - Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 22:32

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 22:32
Great idea about unpacking and packing for the kids ...you didnt mention the best 6 months with thw wife!!! cheers Steve
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Follow Up By: rolande- Monday, Mar 13, 2006 at 16:36

Monday, Mar 13, 2006 at 16:36
Hmmmmm........ Fruedian slip!

:))

Rolande
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Reply By: Marc - Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 22:15

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 22:15
great fun. You can do it easy if you allow 1 hour to get going, 20min stops every 1 1/2 to 2 hours (kick a ball, or play cricket on the borders etc.
Caltex has good games ideas for kids to play in the car (check list ones and the like) and I'm sure you can find heaps more.
We only travel for a maximum of 2 days in a row before we have a days rest somewhere exploring swimming or just playing games and catching grass hoppers and bugs. Remember to allow 1 hour to play with them at the end of each day.
THATS THEIR TIME FOR YOU TO DO THEIR THING.
Have fun.
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Follow Up By: Member - Steve O (VIC) - Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 23:40

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 23:40
Good advice
Cheers Steve
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Reply By: GREENDOG - Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 23:05

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 23:05
Thats great mate go for it it's a chance in a life time not just for you but for the wife and and the kids mate they will love it,share all the tarks around so every one has a job to do thats the main thing. Have good tyres on all vechiles as you will be away for 6mths the last thing you want is to get 3 or 4 weeks into your trip and you have to replace a tyre or two that will hurt your wallet and put stress on the wife thinkin will we have enough money for the trip if you now what i mean,do'nt travell to far on a daily bases as the kids will get gruppy so keep your days short the happer the kids are the happer you are makes for a great trip.all the best mate cheer's GREENDOG
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Follow Up By: Member - Steve O (VIC) - Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 23:38

Saturday, Mar 11, 2006 at 23:38
Thanks for the advice, just put cooper atr's all round and heavy duty king springs on the territory, the ct is offroad rhino 2 sport trailer, will try to free or nat parks camp as much as possible,(until we smell too much!!) Cheers Teve
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Reply By: Max - Sydney - Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 12:41

Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 12:41
Steve

Its a wonderful feeling - starting out on a beaut trip like that, and the preparation is half the fun. NO, you are not crazy - you are investing in the family.

One suggestion I'd add to the ones above - be prepared to be flexible with your itinerary. You want the kids to remember fun, not endless driving. So if you find a great spot and stay there too long to be able to cover everywhere you want to go, then be prepared to drop a few things off the list. They be there to do next time and be the basis of planning the next trip. Only another few years and you can be out there again!

Have a great trip!

Max
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Follow Up By: Member - Steve O (VIC) - Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 22:04

Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 22:04
Thanks Max
Wont be bothered if dont make it all the way round.Good excuse to plan another trip in few years time.
Cheers Steve
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Reply By: Tex Mac - Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 15:50

Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 15:50
Really glad to hear there is someone madder than my self. We are leaving Coolum Beach QLD 7th April, self, wife and only 1 child 2 years, heading south initially through central NSW and then down to VIC to see grand parents which we hope will only take 2 to three weeks tops, then across to York peninsula S.A. for visit with more family. Hope to be heading north by start of may on our way to Inaminka as our first major stop from there all the way up over the west and down the west coast. We are planning on spending around 2 years on the road in a canvas canvalier camper trailer and a white 80 series landcruiser with tinny on top. I have travelled extensively by my self but never with a family, so am a little apprehensive. Will keep my eyes open for a stressed out father with three kids and wife driving a ford territory. Good luck wish you all the best of luck.

Adam.
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Follow Up By: Member - Steve O (VIC) - Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 22:11

Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 22:11
Adam,
Good to hear im not the only one,Gee i wish i was taking a cruiser or similar(worried about clearance factors)...anyhow if you do spot me say g'day(ill be the one in the corner of the tent twitching,curled up in a ball,sucking my thumb!!!).
Cheers Steve
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Reply By: rash1 - Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 16:57

Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 16:57
I know it may be difficult BUT if you can get away WITHOUT any electronic games it will be a major bonus for you and the kids. KIds seem to miss out on whats goining on around them these days simply because of thes games.You may think i'm an old fuddy duddy but i really think getting the kids interested in their surroundings makes for a far more enjoyable trip
Anyway it will be the trip of a lifetime

rash1
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Follow Up By: Member - Steve O (VIC) - Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 22:14

Sunday, Mar 12, 2006 at 22:14
Rash1
Agree wholeheartly,have got dvd player that sit on the headrests...but will bring it out as a last resort..kids dont know we have got it....Cheers Steve
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