Want to see the OUTBACK on the EASTER WEEKEND from Mooloolaba

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Hi there!
I would like to see the outback from Australia on the Easter weekend, which means, I have 4 days!!!!
Where to go with an 18 year old Mitsubishi Colt, a tent and a girlfriend!?!?!?
What is worththe effort from Mooloolaba?
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Reply By: Tim HJ61 (WA) - Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 17:27

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 17:27
Dan,

Pity you haven't got your airconditioned motor home to travel in, but I've heard Mt Augustus is nice this time of year.

If you draw a line from Mooloolaba to Mt Augustus - sort of around Newman in WA - and set off in the Colt with a full tank of fuel you'll certainly see some outback. Once you've passed Birdsville you might need to turn right to avoid the Simpson Desert, but I'm sure you'll find your way to Alice Springs somehow, and then even onto Uluru. Your girlfriend will be mighty impressed by your trip planning skills by this stage, but she might ask to come home instead of testing the Colt on the Gunbarrel to get to Wiluna and on to Mt Augustus.

From Uluru you could go home via Coober Pedy, Port Augusta and Broken Hill. We'd love to hear all about it when you got back - might be a month or so....

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Reply By: Member - John (Vic) - Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 17:32

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 17:32
Is this trip before or after starting up the "Innovative Development Company" For the supa dupa AC/DC turbo charged Air Con Systems?

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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 17:52

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 17:52
I reckon he should elope with Sargent Dan to see the outback.
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Follow Up By: Member - Reiner G (QLD) 4124 - Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 17:54

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 17:54
Dan gave up on the Ac/Dc turbo Idea and just improved Pizza Huts telephone order system. I think he did a good job.

http://aclu.org/pizza/images/screen.swf

Makes you wonder how a busy man like Don has time off around Easter :-)

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Reply By: Ruth from Birdsville Caravan Park - Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 17:57

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 17:57
Why doesn't he just go up the hill behind Mooloolaba to Maleny and treat his girlfriend to a green camp spot near a waterhole - then take her to nice places for lunch and dinner - the money he saves on fuel economy with the 18 year old colt he could spend on his girlfriend, with flowers, chocolates and champagne.
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 18:01

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 18:01
Let's not get carried away here Ruth.

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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 18:04

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 18:04
Ahhh!!! Young Romance eh! Ruth, don't you just love it.

Maybe he could also channel his limited funds into further development of the over sized foot bucket that was mention in previous threads.
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Follow Up By: Member - David 0- Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 18:48

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 18:48
A tour of the vinyards (hic) a night at a B&B such as the Avocado Grove would probably set him back $200. A bargain compared to taking the Colt to Uluru.
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Reply By: Bonz (Vic) - Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 19:11

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 19:11
Hi Dan, from Mooloolaba Cape York is achieveable in 4 days in a Colt, however you will need a sat phone and a GPS.
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 23:50

Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 23:50
? you wouldn't by any chance happen to have these two items for sale?
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Friday, Mar 17, 2006 at 00:14

Friday, Mar 17, 2006 at 00:14
no but I do have a healthy scepticism for sale
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Reply By: Willem - Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 20:53

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 20:53
Go to Bribie Island and on to the beach. When the Colt bogs set it alight.

The fire should keep you warm and fed for 4 days.
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Follow Up By: Member - Duncs - Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 22:43

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 22:43
What can I say Willem????

You obviously know how to enjoy yourself on a limited budget.

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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 08:21

Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 08:21
Duncs

Every time me couzins up north feel the cold they set a car alight. Makes for a wonderful bonfire and has a deep an spiritual meaning, at very little cost.

Yes I know how to travel on a budget...lol
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Reply By: Member - Doug T (QLD) - Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 22:54

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 22:54
Well all i can say is your a big bunch of MEANIES ....tongue in cheak
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Reply By: Member - John (Vic) - Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 23:05

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 23:05
I have thought long and hard since my last post to this thread, and have felt that maybe I was somewhat hard on young Dan.

During my further deep thought on this subject I have come up with the following solution to Dan's issue of exploring the outback over the four days of the Easter break.

Buy a book on the Outback.

And just maybe you will save someone from having to rescue you from yourself.
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Reply By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 23:19

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2006 at 23:19
What about a drive up to Longreach. Not really the outback, but a visit to the Stockman's Hall of Fame might get you in the mood.

Or for something a bit more suited to the car, a trip to the Gold Coast and the new 'Australian Outback Experience' near Movie World. I think it opens in early April. Don't think there will be much Outback there though. But at least it gets a mention in the name.
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Reply By: Scoey (QLD) - Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 13:50

Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 13:50
Dan,

Ok I'll bite - here's a serious answer. Clearly (as evidenced by the above responses) you're not going to get to far into the "outback" in the Colt - but I think you knew that already. Why don't you head out to The Conondale NP near Kenilworth (probably about 1hr from you). Nice little campgrounds in there (may already be booked out - check NPWS website) but remember the marshmallows and after a bit of cuddling near the fire and feeding her roasted marshys she should have a nice time! Like I said - not exactly "outback" but you will have to drive on a dirt road!
Need any more info, just ask.
Cheers
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Follow Up By: Dan0603 - Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 13:54

Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 13:54
Thank you for your good reply.
I apprechiate that.
Cheers
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Follow Up By: Tim HJ61 (WA) - Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 23:47

Thursday, Mar 16, 2006 at 23:47
Scoey

It's not the Colt that triggered my response, nor those of the others I'm guessing.

Dan0603 - a bit of advice.
You're likely to get many more decent responses such as Scoey's if you are honest and upfront about who you are and what your interest is in this site.

Your initial postings give the impression that you are trying to make yourself out to be someone you're not, and consquently you got the respsonses you did and you were quickly discredited.

Now I'm guessing we're getting a better picture of your needs from this site - a guy with a Colt and a girlfriend wanting to do a bit of camping and dreaming about bigger things. Nothing wrong with that, nothing at all.

Be straight with the group, and the group will be straight with you.

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Follow Up By: Dan0603 - Friday, Mar 17, 2006 at 09:14

Friday, Mar 17, 2006 at 09:14
First of all, thanks tim for your response.

Anyway, I try to explain:
I am in Australia since 4 weeks to work for a company to get some information about needs of motor home owners. First I tried to be honest
and asked about suggestions cause I needed these information for my work. What I got.........you know the responses!
Then, I made up a story to get information about AC's and generators.
The response was the same.
NOW, I just want to see something from Australia as a foreigner and what happend, THE SAME!!!!
Thanks Tim
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Follow Up By: Tim HJ61 (WA) - Friday, Mar 17, 2006 at 11:06

Friday, Mar 17, 2006 at 11:06
Okay Dan,

Welcome to my country.

I don't have a motorhome, and not gone searching for websites related to motorhomes but I imagine there are a few. People would have personal websites too. I'm sure there are motor home users associations and clubs, but if you approach these groups do it in a different way you have here otherwise the result will be the same.

By being honest and low key with this forum you MAY be able to build your credibility to get better responses, but the participants tend to be people planning trips themselves and in the past businesses trying to research through the forum haven't got very far. So what I am saying is this group may not be the best place to ask for the information you need. However you may learn a great deal by searching the archives and reading the postings to get a feel for what users of this group need - listening and lurking, not asking.

The other way is to do what you are doing at Easter and actually get out there and hang out in caravan park/camping grounds to see how motorhome users actually use their vehicles. Don't forget to enjoy the experience whilst you're researching your work.

I's my observation that motor home users with airconditioners fitted stay in a caravan park when they wanted to use the air cond, or carry a big generator to run the thing. You've got the responses from the very experienced battery/electrics experts on this forum that all say the idea of running an air cond off batteries is simply not a realistic option for technical reasons.

Tim

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