Camper Trailer Access Around Oz....?

Submitted: Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 13:28
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On a trip circumnavigating Australia (including such places as Cape Leveque, Kimberleys, The Gulf, Cape York, Fraser Island etc)with an off road camper trailer towed behind an 80 series landcruiser, are there any areas we may not be able to access due to the camper trailer.

Is it worth taking a tent just in case.....?

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Birdy
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Reply By: JimDi - Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 13:57

Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 13:57
Birdy,
Cannot answer re the whole country but have taken an off road campertrailer towed by an 80 series to the Cape via telegraph track. Although we exited the track at twin falls and went via bypass road. This was because of advice received at the time from a fellow traveller.

Have taken the same rig via Gibb river rd,Cape Leveque,Middle Lagoon. Had no problems just a matter of travelling slowly over corrugations etc. I am not a fan of travelling at speed over corrugations, although others will have a different opinion.

Camp sites were all reasonable to access and set up with our trailer. I would just use caution and book ahead for a site.
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Jim
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Reply By: Member - lyndon K (SA) - Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 17:03

Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 17:03
In the same boat as you, we will be towing a Tvan with a fully equiped 78 Td for a year. Will take a tent for the real extreme stuff, or for when we are up north and it is just to bloody hot. Mesh tent with fly.
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Reply By: Member - Karl - Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 17:32

Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 17:32
IMHO if there is a road (or a track) and you can get a vehicle down it, then I can't see why you can't take a campertrailer, as long as:

1. You drive to the conditions,

2. The campertrailer is correctly set up with an off road hitch (at the minimum) and is built for it - that is, its not a normal garden type trailer with a tent stuck on top.

3. The trailer is well balanced when packed, so that the weight is evenly distributed, and

4. You run the campertrailer tyre pressures at the same as the rear wheels.

I would rather tow a campertrailer and have the weight evenly distributed over two axles, rather than have a vehicle fully loaded to the hilt and the weight all on one axle.

Karl
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Reply By: Member- Rox (WA) - Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 22:07

Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 22:07
Done that But I would take a tent as well. It's a bit hard to get the right spot on a sandy river bed. traveling along a WA beach can be risky for long periods as the 80 (non Diesel) takes a bit to get up & go. You generally need to let the tyres down further towing a trailer & you have to unhitch on some tracks so you can turn around.
Hope this helps Kev
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Follow Up By: Member- Rox (WA) - Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 22:09

Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 22:09
I forgot to mention Nat Parks, They love bollards to prevent campertrailers going to far off the Rd in camp sites but if you have a tent you can place it further away.
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Follow Up By: Birdy - Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 09:51

Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 09:51
Thanks Rox -

Some good points made. I too are from WA so I know what you mean !!

Might just chuck the tent in ....just in case, even though I was hoping not too.
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Reply By: The Rambler( W.A.) - Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 23:21

Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 23:21
Birdy,
There are two places Ican think of strraight away that I would not take a camper trailer and that is (1) the Creb trek in the Daintree and(2) the track in from Mt.Elizabeth station into Walcott Inlet in the Kimberly.I am not saying it can't be done but you will risk some damage in my opinion.
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Follow Up By: Twintrail(W.A.) - Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 00:00

Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 00:00
Hi Rambler, Mud crabs @bluue swimmers@cheribin comming up.cant wait
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Follow Up By: kiwicol - Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 09:30

Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 09:30
have done the creb track with a C/T behind a GQ diesal patrol with 5 people on board had no problems at all, when dry the creb track is a fairly easy drive different story when wet, C/T was a track shak with coil springs. Col
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Follow Up By: Birdy - Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 09:54

Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 09:54
Rambler,

Thought the creb track might get a mention !. Depending on when we finally get up that way we might leave the CT at Cooktown then cruise up the top with the ol tent on board.

Kimberley was the other place thought we may need a tent, depending on conditions. will be up there in August so prob be pretty dry anyways

Birdy
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Follow Up By: Ford Rodeo - Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 12:16

Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 12:16
Birdy, Take the C/T with you when you go to Cape York. If you want to drive Creb just make it a day trip from campgrounds at Ayton.

Phill
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Follow Up By: greydemon - Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 15:05

Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 15:05
As mentioned by The Rambler there are parts of the Kimberley you might hesitate to go with a CT, but other areas are fine. I can vouch for the Gibb River Rd and gorges close to it, Mitchell Falls is fine, and I am lead to believe that the Kalumbaru road would be OK most of the time - check at Drysdale Station, if they don't know themselves there will probably be someone there passing through from that direction. The Bungle-Bungles road is slow but shouldn't be a problem, my Cavalier managed all of these without a hitch. (Now THAT is a good trick for a camper trailer).
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Reply By: SonofBigAL - Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 15:41

Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 15:41
The Best way to tackle the Cape York is in a 100 Series Landcruiser and a BUILT TOUGH TRAILERS CAMPER TRAILER.

The Camper will go anywhere the car will go.

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Reply By: Member - peter C (WA) - Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 16:49

Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 16:49
I can only answer for the WA section of your trip but I'd say you'll get the CT close enough to all the main attractions that you'll only need day trips. Most you'll be right there (where camping is allowed).

Having said that, I usually throw in the 2 man tent cos it doesn't weigh much or take lots of room and you never know.
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Reply By: Member - Min (NSW) - Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 18:29

Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 18:29
Hi Birdy,
I'd throw in the tent. We were glad we didn't take the ct into Mitchell Plateau, left it at King Edward River.
Some say ct's have been turned back from the Bungles.
Have a ball.
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