Any helpful hints & ideas on Caravaning round Oz??

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My boyfriend and I are heading off Round Oz in 3 weeks...If anyone has some useful hints, ideas or info we would greatly appreciate it...we are leaving from Bunbury WA and heading North. Thanks :)
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Reply By: Member - John C (WA) - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 16:17

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 16:17
Take your time and set a daily limit for travel. It is too easy to try and do too many hours a day and you will tire quickly of the travel. Enjoy it!
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Reply By: Steve63 - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 16:33

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 16:33
Hi Buj,
That is a very broad question. The forum will be of more use to you if you have specific questions. I assume you have not done a lot of camping/caravaning or you would not be asking this question. Basically take it easy. Drive to the road conditions not the speed signs. Try to avoid epic distances. You are meant to be enjoying the outback. That is hard to do if you are travelling from early morning to late afternoon or early evening. It is not a race, the aim it to get there not turn into a road stat. Leave plenty of time to set up your camp, then you can sit back and have a beer.

The information centers in the regional towns can be really useful. In small towns the pub is often not a bad place to start.

Make sure you have plenty of fuel, food and water at all times. Don't ever get in the situation where you are running on fumes as you come into a town. You never know when you may descide to take a detour or a small town may be out of fuel. There is plenty to see if you take the time to find it. We have run into plenty of people who started like you and 10 years later they have not reached the end of there journey.

Have a good trip.

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Reply By: Member -Dodger - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 16:33

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 16:33
Take your time and travell everywhere you can even if it means Zig Zag .
Get a couple of camping books as sold on this site and save some dollars by free or low cost camping.
I recomend the books by Jan Holland called priceless camping in nth WA and Sth WA and NT. also the camps Australia wide.
Make sure you meet the others in the various camp/caravan places as they will give you invaluable information.
I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.

Cheers Dodg.

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Reply By: Notso - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 16:35

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 16:35
Just remember if you have a blue that you have the biggest backyard and the biggest front yard in the world.

Check your wheel bearings and brakes regularly, once a week and repack your wheel bearings every 5000 kilometres or so.

Be nice to other road users, if you are slow pull over and let others past, If road trains and large trucks have to slow down it takes em ages to get back up to speed. If you have a UHF CB talk to others on the road.

Dont believe all the good or bad stories you hear about different places on the way around, make up your own mind.

Above all else take your time and enjoy it, dont have deadlines that you must meet.

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Reply By: Member - Boo Boo (NSW) - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 18:21

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 18:21
Try not to travel more than 4 hours each day.

Stop every 2 hours and smell the roses,(or the coffee).

If you are normally a type A person, then learn to be a type Z person.

In other words relax and and joy the trip Slow down!

Always ensure you are ready for HAPPY HOUR.

Have a great time.

Regards Bob
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Reply By: ozdragon - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 21:30

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 21:30
Hi Buj

I am green with envy. Thats what I wanna do. I live in Eaton so make sure ya wave on the way past. Lol

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Reply By: Motherhen - Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 23:29

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2006 at 23:29
Excellent advice from Dodg. and Bob

It takes a lot of fuel to get somewhere in this great wide land of ours - far better to spend time in one region, than to race around and see a little of everywhere at great cost.

We purchased the all books Dodg mention from ExplorOz, and use them as a back up so we don't need to worry if we can't find somewhere ourselves. Since having Camps 3 tend to use these spots more as it is easier than looking for ourselves. We prefer to bush camp out there in peace and solitude, and have always done so.

We get the best info on what to see from other travellers we meet on the road. Even with research and pre-planning, many of the gems we have seen we only knew about from other caravaners.

We try and drive for no more than 3 or 4 hours per day - otherwise everything just runs into a blur. Driving with a caravan is fairly intense, and a long day is too tiring and can be dangerous. Generally we drive in the morning, look for a camp spot soon after lunch, and the later it gets, the less fussy we are about the site. That gives us time for a good walk each day and time to relax and reflect on the day's sight seeing. Depends on where we are, how the walk and the time driving fit around the things to see and do. If after driving for only an hour and the perfect campsite comes up, why pass it by?

Have a wonderful trip.

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