2 Retired Poms discovering Aus.

Submitted: Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 06:19
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2 trips so far we have seenQueensland & your south east. We plan to travel....
Perth up to Broome, then Darwin and down through Alice to
Coober Pedy,then along the Nullabor and back to Perth.Particular
interest for Coral Bay inhabitants,Broome beaches,Kakadu and crocs,Painted desert and Oodnatta,Whales of the south coast and the wine from round Perth area.Not forgetting theBarrossa Valley.
We planned to hire a suberu outback or similar and use caravan parks where available for kipping up.We can only afford to spend about 9weeks,end of June to end Aug 2010 on this retirement dream.
Any suggestions or advice on seeing as much as possible of your wonderfull country would be really welcome.

Many thanks,Ramsgate Roy
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Reply By: Smudger - Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 07:31

Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 07:31
Just keep on doing what you're doing mate, seems you've got a pretty good handle on it. 9 weeks is pretty tight for the sort of territory you're planning to cover - WA to Top End to SA - but do-able. ..get a book called "Camps Australia 3", worth its weight in gold. Has all the campgrounds right across Oz, including the freebies. Distances and a heap of other excellent information. You can use it to plan you entire trip.
Available at most camping & 4WD stores, & bookshops.Once you get on the road you'll get good info from other travellers.

Oh yeah Watch out for the Drop-Bears though. Make sure you've got a jar of Vegemite handy. If they're around, rub it in your hair and they'll leave you alone.

Have a great stay downunder.

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Follow Up By: Member - Ian W (NSW) - Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 07:58

Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 07:58
Roy,

Watch that Smudger, he's pulling your chain!

That bit about the Drop Bears is a load of crap. Vegemite is useless, it's Violet Crumble Bars dissolved in VB that fixes the bastards.

Ian
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Follow Up By: Wayne (NSW) - Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 08:27

Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 08:27
OK you two, leave Roy alone.

The drop bears are not the real problem, it is the Red Back Spiders under the dunny seat.

Vegemite placed on the toilet seat will stop them from biting that part of the anatomy.

Hint, remove the Vegemite from the jar before rubbing around toilet seat.

Have a good trip Roy, there is so much to see but very little time.

Wayne
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Kath - Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 10:21

Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 10:21
Wayne, used to see just one Red Back a year. Now they are under every toilet seat apart from the hotel ones cleaned monthly or better.

Found a bloody town of them under a water pump cover recently.
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Kath - Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 10:23

Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 10:23
Wayne, forgot to ask, does the wiping your vegemite around the toilet seat affect the flavour on the toast? I am not about to try it, by the way. LMAO
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Reply By: Gramps (NSW) - Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 08:40

Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 08:40
Roy,

Ignore those bloody lunatics above. DON'T go anywhere near the water - any water. In fact. don't even drink the stuff. Stick with COLD beer.


ps It's "Camps Australia Wide 4" by the way.
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Follow Up By: Member - Kiwi Kia - Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 09:46

Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 09:46
Gramps, I see you are a W.C Fields fan.

When asked if he wanted water with his whiskey he replied;

Water ! Never touch the stuff, fish fornicate in it don't you know.


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Follow Up By: Gramps (NSW) - Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 09:49

Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 09:49
LOL very true Kiwi Kia. He also said "You can't trust water: Even a straight stick turns crooked in it."

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Follow Up By: Member - Fred G (NSW) - Saturday, Mar 15, 2008 at 09:20

Saturday, Mar 15, 2008 at 09:20
In the words of the late and great Slim Dusty.."I hear theres a drink called water, it may appeal to some blokes, but to me I think it's unhealthy, see what it does to the bottoms of boats"
Fred.
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Reply By: Kumunara (NT) - Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 10:02

Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 10:02
Roy


My advice to you is that 9 weeks if not long enough to do the trip. About all you will see is the blacktop. I did a similar trip but took 4 months and still didn't see all I wanted.

You are welcome to call in when you get to Katherine.




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Follow Up By: SteveL - Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 10:48

Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 10:48
Sounds a bit short to me too and you are missing some of the best parts.E.g. Karajini National Park and The Kimberley.With side trips you would be looking at ~15,000+km ,close to 20 days of just driving.
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Reply By: Member - Duncan W (WA) - Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 15:25

Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 15:25
Roy it can be done comfortably but you will be on the run each day. We spent 10wks a couple of years back and most of our trip was on gravel or worse. You will see an awfull lot of the country but you won't have the opportunity to get your teeth into it. If flying in from the UK then go for it. If you reside in Perth now then do a small bit and take your time. Karajini is well worth the trip into, Kakadu and the other parks in and around Darwin also. Spend a few days in Darwin well worth it.
A couple of days around the Ularu and the Olgas is all you'll need. King's canyon again 2 days max.
Don't forget that if you've never travelled in Aus before travel distances between towns can be like travelling half way across Europe.
Park cabins in the Van Pks are good. Join up with the Big4 and get discounts and you can book ahead also that way.

Enjoy your trip. BTW our drop bears are bigger in WA.
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Reply By: Steve63 - Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 15:38

Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 15:38
You have a pretty epic trip planned for 9 weeks. People spend years covering that area. I suspect some huge planning effort will be required just to see some of the highlights. You will still have a good time aslong as you allow enough time at the end to get back to Perth. Do not be tempted to try and short cut back to Perth say on the Anne Beadell Highway as it is a track in the sand. The word Highway is loosely applied in some areas. That is some remote country and extensive preperation is required. Not to mention a fist full of tranist permits.

It can be done but I would have a hard think about the second half when you get to Broome.

Steve
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Reply By: Eric Experience - Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 21:37

Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 21:37
Roy.
I agree with the others, you can not really see any thing except the roads in that time. If you are unlucky enough to hit a drop bear you could be held up a week getting the car fixed or replaced. Some of the places you named are several days drive apart. Eric.
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Reply By: Member - Jason - Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 21:47

Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 21:47
Hi Roy - My advise to see as much of this beautiful country as you possibly can would be.........to move over here :-)
Happy Travels
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Reply By: Steve - Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 22:27

Friday, Mar 14, 2008 at 22:27
Roy,

agree with most of these guys - cut the mileage down - we're all experienced drivers etc but although it sounds like stating the obvious, so many overseas visitors make the same mistake...i..t always looks easy/quick on the map. Enjoy less venues more instead of more venues less - you won't regret it
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