Extended Trip around Oz

Submitted: Monday, May 14, 2007 at 17:36
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Hi all,

I am chasing as much information as possible from people who have done extended trips around Australia. I am heading off in March 2008 for a 12 -18 month trip. Fortunately time frame is not set in concrete, originally i had planned for 12 months, but as i made a list of things i wanted to do, 12 months didn't seem enough. The trouble i am having is i need to be in too many places at once, for instance the Cape & Kimberlies at the same time of year, etc etc.

Some information that may help with responses!!!

I will be leaving from Melbourne, driving a dual cab hilux, towing a boat, ummm, only my better half and myself travelling.

What i am trying to avoid on the trip is too much back tracking, i am aiming to see as much as possible, but without the need to retrace our tracks.

Anyone with any information, or whom i could possibly email with more questions, would be greatly appreciated.

I eagerly await your replies!!

Thanks heaps
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Reply By: Notso - Monday, May 14, 2007 at 18:13

Monday, May 14, 2007 at 18:13
Since you have 18 months then why not do the East coast up to the Cape, then head back down to South Central QLD in Oct and wander around till after the wet. Then in March April head across to Boulia and up to the Isa then across the top to NT etc. That way you can get across to the Kimberlys in time for the dry, when it is more acceptable and accessible.

Might be a bit of an extended stay in QLD though??

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Follow Up By: Rik - Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 09:03

Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 09:03
Sorry for the delay in getting back to you, computer troubles! I did consider your option previously, however, i have spent quite a bit of time in QLD already, and i think that possibly it would spend too much time in QLD, and then make the rest of the trip a bit more rushed than i would like it to be.

It also depends how much time i waste fishing up the cape!!

Appreciate your reply
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Reply By: Members - Chris/Lindsay (VIC) - Monday, May 14, 2007 at 20:09

Monday, May 14, 2007 at 20:09
I hope you have a fantastic journey. We took 12 months way back in 1983. We meandered across to Perth via flinders Ranges in January, hung around South West and Perth till March then headed North and got into Kimberleys in April/ May before too many tourists. We then headed to Darwin,Kakadu etc. Worked for 3months on a cattle station and did a fairly quick trip to the centre by September. Hit Qld in October and before too much rain then headed home to Melbourne in December. It worked for us but you have more time. We were lucky with the mild January weather though.Cheers, Chris.
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Follow Up By: Rik - Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 09:08

Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 09:08
Chris, thanks for your input mate.

On your trip, was there anywhere that you wished you had more time, or did you see everything that you would have like to in the 12 months?

When you headed up from Perth, to the Kimberlies, was the the two months you had getting there plenty of time, i have never travelled any of the west coast and am unsure roughly how much time to allow.

The trouble is i don't want an itinerary, but i don't want to rush at the start thinking i wont have enough time and then have ages left towards the end of the trip!

OH the troubles of travelling!!
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Reply By: Member - colin M (NSW) - Monday, May 14, 2007 at 20:41

Monday, May 14, 2007 at 20:41
If you have a look at our www.flickr.com/photos/morleytravels you will see some of the places my wife and I visited in our 11 months on the road. We had to leave out all of SA for next year. Could have spent another 3 months in sout WA. Most tell me Cape is best by air from Cairns, Good chice taking a boat we are selling our existing rig for a tray top so we can tow our new Trailcarft 4.85 as I go bored with beach fishing.
By far the best thing about the trip is the beautiful people you meet.
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Follow Up By: Rik - Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 09:19

Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 09:19
Colin, i have wasted a great deal of time this morning looking at all your photos! They are very spectacular!

The boat i am towing is the same size as yours, knowing what you know after your trip, would you see any difficulties of towing a boat for the entire trip. Of course there are the obvious drawbacks of having a trailer behind your vehicle for the entire trip, however my love of boating, fishing and nautical exploring, far outweigh these negatives. However, that said, would you see a problem towing a boat of that size for such a period of time?

I also noticed your kayaks on the roof, i have a sea kayak currently, but my partner does not. The dilemma we have is whether to purchase another one now, or to try and hire one more in the appropriate places. How hard would this be, or would we be better taking two for the trip, thus having it whenever and wherever we wanted.

Sorry for the barrage of questions, and there will probably be some more coming!!

Thanks for your reply Colin
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Follow Up By: Member - colin M (NSW) - Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 10:01

Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 10:01
We towed a camper trailer for the entire trip, no problems as long as trailer is in good condition and fairly robust.
If you are not going to spend a lot of time in Qld then I would suggest leave the kayaks at home they sure add drag (fuel consumption doubled in winds across nullabor). Cant use them anywhere there are crocs, so that cuts out a lot of the country although they would be good on Lake Argyle but its so huge you would probably have as much fun in your boat. Heard on radio the other day someone doing a salt water croc survey on Lake Argyle from a sea kaykak, could luck to him, I'd rather look from a boat. Plenty of places in WA to hire them if you need particularly down south & SW, WA. Bikes are more usesful.
Any problems towing boat will be offset by beneifits of what you can do. Kimberleys - but talk to locals first, pretty dangerous area. Exmouth, Ningaloo you will fall in love with and could boat for ever. Down south in WA from Dunnsborough around to Esperance you could spend 10 years ina boat and not see everything. Unless you are desperate to do the dust up north on Savanagh way would think seriously about sticking to the bitumen and spending extra time in Darwin, best Barra fishing is just after the wet. Go and meet the people at the Darwin water ski club, great meals and grog, they will help you with local knowledge. Also talk to local VMR as they are very helpful about local waters. Boat in WA in mornings before wind gets up.

Hope this helps
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Reply By: Willem - Monday, May 14, 2007 at 21:21

Monday, May 14, 2007 at 21:21
I have been travelling Oz for 38 years and still haven't seen it all.

Best thing is not to make plans and just drift with the wind. Decide what you would like to see and then go see it. You can do the Cape in 2008 and the Kimberley in 2009, all within the 18 months.

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Follow Up By: Rik - Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 09:21

Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 09:21
The trouble i have is i want to see everything!!!!
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Reply By: Members - Chris/Lindsay (VIC) - Friday, May 18, 2007 at 07:07

Friday, May 18, 2007 at 07:07
We actually worked a total of 3 1/2 months so we weren't travelling all of it. I think you barely scratch the surface even in 12 months. The West has good stuff but most things are separated by long distances.Go inland as well eg Hammersley Ranges. It's so long ago I can't totally recall how the time panned out. We missed a lot as the distances still impact what you do. Some mini trips we left our van in caravan parks and went off road with a tent. We didn't explore much of inland Qld or NSW as we thought we could get back there easier.We headed west first because we figured it was the furthest from home and the least viable place to visit in a shorter trip. Chris
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