Freighting vehicles to Darwin

Submitted: Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 15:57
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Does anyone have a contact for a reliable transport co that will take vehicles (4x4) say from Melb to Darwin - with gear (camping etc) inside? Bulls freight used to, but Toll swallowed them up and no more. Thanks Jim
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Reply By: nickoff - Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 16:16

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 16:16
I think you are down to Toll only now.
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Follow Up By: Rodeo Jim - Monday, Jan 26, 2009 at 14:26

Monday, Jan 26, 2009 at 14:26
Sorry for delayed Thanks - have been away - more grist for the mill!
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Reply By: Member - Vince B (NSW) - Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 16:28

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 16:28
Hi Jim.
Try Coastline Vehicle Transport, 2 Pearl Street, Altona Nth. Phone 1300555228.
I used then a couple of years ago when I bought a pajero in Cairns & had it transported to Brisbane.Excellent service.
Cheers.
Vince
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Follow Up By: Rodeo Jim - Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 17:29

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 17:29
Thanks Vince - regards Jim
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Reply By: WayneD - Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 16:58

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 16:58
Tried to get my vehicle shipped from Sydney to Darwin and back to do the GRR. Could not get anyone to take it with gear inside vehicle. Ended up going up on the Ghan and placing vehicle on the train and driving back.
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Follow Up By: Rodeo Jim - Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 17:29

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 17:29
Thanks Wayne - regards Jim
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Reply By: Member - Paul W (VIC) - Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 17:09

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 17:09
I used Finemores to send my old hilux from melbourne to darwin but i dont think they are still around??service was excellent.
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Follow Up By: Member - Paul W (VIC) - Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 17:15

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 17:15
also try trewins transport,they brought roachies and my 4WD back from birdsville and provided an excellent service also.
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Follow Up By: Rodeo Jim - Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 17:27

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 17:27
Thanks for that Jim
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Reply By: Member - Fred B (NT) - Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 17:36

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 17:36
Hi Jim,
NQX Freight Systems www.nqx.com.au operate out of Melbourne and Darwin. See also territoryfreightspecialists.com.au. You can also try Northline Freight they travel nationally, but I only have a darwin ph for you... 08-89322665. I know NQX and Northline to be reliable. Hope this helps.
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Follow Up By: RV Powerstream P/L - Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 18:38

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 18:38
NQX Is Toll
Ron Finimore is still running at least on the Pacific the Hume last friday down the Pacific and Hume to Kapooka and back on saturday by Olympic Newell Golden and Pacific to Nth Coast NSW.

Ive also seen Jim Pearson pulling Finimore trailers on B Doubles.

I transported two agitators back from Darwin to Sydney on Darwin Express but do not know if they are still going and I think Sydney to Darwin would be a lot dearer as they were looking for return freight from the top end then.

TNT Logistics is now running under the name of Ceva Logistics.
Ian
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Follow Up By: RV Powerstream P/L - Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 18:42

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 18:42
Ron Finimore didnt go to Kapooka and back I did and I saw his vehicles on route.I had to pick up my granddaughter she is training to be a General.

Ian
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Follow Up By: Member - Alex B - Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 20:27

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 20:27
Hi Guy's,
Toll Holdings bought out Finemores back around 2001.
As part of the deal ,Ron Finemore could not set up in competition for several years. That time was up a year or two ago and is now running transport(main tanker I think) under his name "Ron Finemore Transport'

Cheers
Alex B
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Follow Up By: Member - shane (SA) - Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 21:09

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 21:09
Hi mate, believe it or not it is cheaper to send stuff by sea these days. brother inlaw sends stuff to sydney cheaper than road. Just takes longer. the other thing is it must fit in a container. most ships go back empty.
cheers.

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Follow Up By: Rodeo Jim - Monday, Jan 26, 2009 at 14:30

Monday, Jan 26, 2009 at 14:30
Thanks very much Fred - sorry for delayed thanks. been away earning for the trip!
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Reply By: Top End Explorer Tours - Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 21:17

Monday, Jan 19, 2009 at 21:17
Try the Ghan.

The Ghan

Cheers Steve.
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Follow Up By: Rodeo Jim - Monday, Jan 26, 2009 at 14:26

Monday, Jan 26, 2009 at 14:26
Sorry for delayed Thanks Steve - have been away - more grist for the mill!
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Reply By: Krakka - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 06:07

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 06:07
Hi Jim, Ceva Logistics transport vehicles also, at least Toll have a bit of competition. Don't know but I don't think they will allow you to leave goods in the car. Can only ring and ask.
Regards
Krakka
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Follow Up By: Rodeo Jim - Monday, Jan 26, 2009 at 14:27

Monday, Jan 26, 2009 at 14:27
Sorry for delayed Many Thanks Krakka - have been away - more grist for the mill! - Certainly worth a try.
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Reply By: Boobook2 - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 08:51

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 08:51
try here

http://www.compare-quotes.com.au/SearchService.aspx?Service=MC

It gave me a quote of Melb to Darwin $1390 - $1695 but Darwin to Melbourne is $665 - $885

Definitely the return to main cities is always about half price.
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Follow Up By: DIO - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 09:05

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 09:05
'Back-loading' from Darwin is always cheaper. Many trucks run almost empty on the southbound trip.
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Reply By: Member - Marco T (VIC) - Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 15:32

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2009 at 15:32
Hi Jim,

Did the research on this exact trip myself last year. Toll were best by only $100. Very expensive though - $1800.00 one way Melb - Darwin. You can not carry any gear in the car though. Not sure why not ( insurance or weight? )

I eventually flew up and hired a 4x4 up there at a rip off rate, swore to never do it again

good luck

Marco
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Follow Up By: Rodeo Jim - Monday, Jan 26, 2009 at 14:29

Monday, Jan 26, 2009 at 14:29
Thanks Marco - that's right - we spend all that time to set up - and get things just right!! And hiring something just doesn't seem smart from that point of view, even if cheaper.
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