Transporting 4wd to Cairns

Submitted: Wednesday, Aug 13, 2003 at 17:36
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Gday all,
Heading up to Cape York next year and was looking at the possibility of transporting my Patrol up to Cairns, then flying up. I live in Sydney and dont really have the time to spend a week driving up and back.
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A couple of questions
1. Has any one ever done this type of thing ?
2. How much did it cost ?
3. What transport company was used ?
4. Was it worth it ?
Thanks in advance,
Josh
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Reply By: Member - Bill- Wednesday, Aug 13, 2003 at 18:06

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2003 at 18:06
Joshua,

Not answering your question, but to set you straight, it will not take you a week to get to Cairns. Provided you don't mind a couple of big days it should take you no more than 3 days if you go up the "back way". Syd, Gunnedah, Narrabri, Gundi, Clermont, Towers, Greenvale, Tablelands, in the back. It's all sealed and nothing to slow you down much.Regds

Bill
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Follow Up By: Member - Joshua- Wednesday, Aug 13, 2003 at 18:17

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2003 at 18:17
It will take a week to get up and back though, as you say, at least 3 days each way.

Josh
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Follow Up By: Mick - Wednesday, Aug 13, 2003 at 23:12

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2003 at 23:12
LOL Yes Bill 3+3=6 near enough to a week!
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Reply By: CirclingVulture - Wednesday, Aug 13, 2003 at 18:44

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2003 at 18:44
I guess you know it's not going to be cheap, depending on how long you going to stay up there it may well be cheaper to rent a 4by. Last I was there you could rent cars for around $30 a day and I believe 4bys were around $80, I hope you won't hold me to this since it's been a couple of years. And while your at the airport, check out the info boards you can get some great deals on accommodation

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Reply By: Member - Joshua- Wednesday, Aug 13, 2003 at 19:08

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2003 at 19:08
Not going to be hiring, thats the whole point of buying and upgrading a 4wd isnt it? So I can test it , break things, then spend more money on it lol.
Just interested if anyone actually knows exact companies or prices to work out whether it is an option or not
Josh
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Follow Up By: CirclingVulture - Wednesday, Aug 13, 2003 at 19:18

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2003 at 19:18
Well don't you think going to Cairns for a test drive is a bit extreme ? And if you start ringing them 51 car transport companies you'll know exactly which one to use !
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Reply By: Member - Joshua- Wednesday, Aug 13, 2003 at 19:37

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2003 at 19:37
What are you going on about?
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Reply By: Williewags- Wednesday, Aug 13, 2003 at 19:53

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2003 at 19:53
Hi Joshua,

If time is of such importance to you what's going to happen if you break something on your vehicle and get stuck going up/down the Cape? More haste less speed

Check with Finemores or TNT re costs. Maybe you can get a backload from Sydney to Cairns with a private truckie

Cheers,

Willie
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Reply By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Wednesday, Aug 13, 2003 at 20:34

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2003 at 20:34
Tes Josh.. Like willem ways... try tnt or whichever one and will cost about $360each way... They will leave your car in their yard in Cairns until you pick it up and then drop it back when you return and taxi to the airport..... Easy huh?...

If your patrol is unleaded with lpg,,,,,,, expect the petrol tank to split on the corrugations after lakeland somewhere and keep a full tank of gas at all times for emergency with at least 3 jerries.......

If you have a diesel you are laughing......._____________________________________________

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Follow Up By: CirclingVulture - Wednesday, Aug 13, 2003 at 21:23

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2003 at 21:23
Vox

Is that $360 a general guestimation or do you know from past events. Because driving a tank like his would cost about that much just in gas and then you got wear and tear. It would be worth sending your car up like that and hitchhiking up, I've hike Sydney - Townsville before.

Buzzard
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Follow Up By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Wednesday, Aug 13, 2003 at 22:03

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2003 at 22:03
I just had a VL commodore sent from syd to adelaide and it cost $270... so it was a guess......_____________________________________________

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Follow Up By: Member - Joshua- Thursday, Aug 14, 2003 at 10:17

Thursday, Aug 14, 2003 at 10:17
Vox, do you have the name and/or number of the company you used ? Do you know if they work nation wide?
Thanks,
Josh
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Follow Up By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Thursday, Aug 14, 2003 at 20:56

Thursday, Aug 14, 2003 at 20:56
yep... tnt somewhere north of sydney from what i can recall to adelaide in wingfield......_____________________________________________

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Reply By: jeepy - Wednesday, Aug 13, 2003 at 20:49

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2003 at 20:49
Josh, have a look at this thread (about page 5)
http://forums.overlander.com.au/viewtopic.php?t=4645
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Reply By: Member - Joshua- Wednesday, Aug 13, 2003 at 20:55

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2003 at 20:55
Thanks for the replies. The time issue is not so much of an issue if and when something breaks, I would just rather spend a week of the trip exploring the cape, rather than having to drive up there and back on the bitumen.
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Just looking into it at the moment to see if its feasible or not.
Thanks,
Josh
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Follow Up By: Member - Bob - Wednesday, Aug 13, 2003 at 21:58

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2003 at 21:58
Josh, I have used Auto Trans Express to move a 4WD from Alice to Canberra ($760), and a Porsche Boxster from Canberra to Perth ($1100). I am going to ship the truck from Broome to Canberra next Easter (quote $1300). I have found this mob very reliable and professional. I would guess about $700 for Sydney to Cairns. So it comes down to how much you value your time, and is the drive both ways a waste of time? Personally, I find the drive there quite exhilarating, but the drive home at the end of the trip is a pain, especially if you are retracing your steps and have to front at work on the Monday after a 3000 km drive over Sat and Sun.Bob
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Follow Up By: Eric - Wednesday, Aug 13, 2003 at 22:02

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2003 at 22:02
Josh it usually cost me $1200 to send a 4x4 to Cairns from Melbourne , I always use Finmores and am very happy with there service . Sounds like a great trip happy planning .
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Follow Up By: CirclingVulture - Wednesday, Aug 13, 2003 at 22:50

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2003 at 22:50
Yeah Bob I was thinking at least $700 plus even more for that kind of haul, considering man hours, fuel, wear, tear, tax's and the more cars you haul the greater the cost, then god only know what other chargers apply. And Eric is telling us Melbourne to Cairns $1200 and Sydney to Cairns is 89% of the distance, which would equal $1068, so between $700 and $1000 would be a good guestimation.
Yeah Josh it is a prick of a drive, especially if you're in a rush, because the further north you go the hot it gets which makes the journey seem even longer and more miserable then it really is. Maybe you could post at link textand find some backpackers to share cost and the driving might make the journey a little more bearable.
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Follow Up By: Member -BJ (Sydney) - Thursday, Aug 14, 2003 at 16:55

Thursday, Aug 14, 2003 at 16:55
recently rang autotrans about same thing for same reason & they said unless it is unloaded they stopped doing it as bogus insurance claims for damaged gear in transit was hiking their insurance costs to high.Regards Bob
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Reply By: Glenno - Thursday, Aug 14, 2003 at 18:19

Thursday, Aug 14, 2003 at 18:19
I rang every transport company under the sun and no-one would transport my Hilux with any equipment / posessions onboard. I was banking on 5 weeks from Bris to Darwin and then fly home. Would prefer the few extra days up the top rather than driving home. Anyway suffice to say im driving back

Cheers,
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Follow Up By: CirclingVulture - Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 17:50

Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 17:50
When are you going up there ? If it marries in with my plans I'll drive it back from Darwin for you ? I'm 44 with a gold license have driven for a living. I'll do it for $450 + fuel, which would be around $900. That would be near $500 cheaper than a transport companies prise ! auspiciousdna@yahoo.com

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Follow Up By: Glenno - Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 21:13

Friday, Aug 15, 2003 at 21:13
Thanks for the offer, but we will drive back ourselves.

Cheers,
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Reply By: brad fnq - Thursday, Aug 14, 2003 at 20:06

Thursday, Aug 14, 2003 at 20:06
Have a look at rail for part of the trip. There are always plenty of 4wds coming up on the back of the sunlander. Can't help with the price though.
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Reply By: Kev - (Cairns,QLD) - Thursday, Aug 14, 2003 at 22:19

Thursday, Aug 14, 2003 at 22:19
Theres no way you will get a large 4wd from Sydney to Cairns for $360.

I have a reciept here for a Cruiser from Brisbane to Cairns for $650.

I guess it could cost double that. (one way)

BTW- i recon you should drive and enjoy the trip !
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