5 more sleeps!

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Only five more sleeps until the crew slips off on the next Outback Adventure. 28 days travelling from Melbourne to Alice Springs via Longreach and the Plenty Highway (weather permitting). Looking forward to hitting the road and again filling the nooks and crannies of the truck with red dust. The kids are looking forward to seeing things like the Stockmans Hall of Fame, Uluru, a camel trek at Curtin Springs, a helicopter flight from Kings Creek Station. I am looking forward to the Plenty Hwy, the gorges of the East and West MacDonnell Ranges, finally getting to see Uluru and the Olgas (I missed out in 1975), Lambert's Centre of Australia, and the clear air and skies of the great Aussie Outback.

What a great country we live in.

CheersJust Do It!

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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Tuesday, Sep 09, 2003 at 07:12

Tuesday, Sep 09, 2003 at 07:12
Glenn,

No worry about the weather at moment - clear, blue skies up this way. Came past Donohue/Plenty t'off near Boulia last night, on way home from Isa.

Make sure you have a look at the Waltzing Matilda centre in Winton. Good food as well. Have a safe trip.

Hooroo...

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Follow Up By: Member - Glenn(VIC) - Tuesday, Sep 09, 2003 at 10:22

Tuesday, Sep 09, 2003 at 10:22
Thanks for the tip Bob, will do.

CheersJust Do It!

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Reply By: haze - Tuesday, Sep 09, 2003 at 07:24

Tuesday, Sep 09, 2003 at 07:24
Glenn. which qld. towns do you pass through on the way nth. to Longreach?
cheers haze
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Follow Up By: Member - Glenn(VIC) - Tuesday, Sep 09, 2003 at 10:27

Tuesday, Sep 09, 2003 at 10:27
Hi haze,

I will be coming from Bourke, up through Cunnamulla and Wyandra and then staying overnight in Charleville on the 16th Sept. Next day we will continue on via Blackall and Barcaldine before reaching Longreach. We are staying 3 nights in Longreach.

It is a long drive, but we can't wait.

CheersJust Do It!

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Reply By: Member - Sparky (Brisvegas) - Tuesday, Sep 09, 2003 at 07:24

Tuesday, Sep 09, 2003 at 07:24
Wish I was coming with ya! Green with envy...

Have a great time and keep safe...

SparkyLovin' life!
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Follow Up By: Member - Glenn(VIC) - Tuesday, Sep 09, 2003 at 10:30

Tuesday, Sep 09, 2003 at 10:30
Thanks Sparky, we are all looking forward to it.

CheersJust Do It!

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Reply By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Tuesday, Sep 09, 2003 at 08:22

Tuesday, Sep 09, 2003 at 08:22
Glenn..have fun...I have to wait til June next year for our Trek...and I'm already getting excited now...imagine what I'll be like by then!!...

have fun, stay safe..and ENJOY!

LynLaugh alot..life's too short not to....


brrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!

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Follow Up By: Member - Glenn(VIC) - Tuesday, Sep 09, 2003 at 11:12

Tuesday, Sep 09, 2003 at 11:12
Hi Lyn,

Where are you travelling in June next year? A group of us a crossing the Simpson during the school holidays next year, you may hook up with us if that is one of your destinations.

CheersJust Do It!

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Follow Up By: Member - Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Tuesday, Sep 09, 2003 at 11:20

Tuesday, Sep 09, 2003 at 11:20
Hi Glenn...we're heading to Broken Hill then across to say "hi" to Willie in SA, then along the Oodnadatta Track..then up the guts to Kakadu, then back down to Alice for a week or so..and then back home via Coober Pedy and then we'll decide if it's along the coast or the quick way home - depending on time....

I think I've got that all correct...may have to check with Wombat, he's got the plan..I'm working off memory....

leaving about Queens birthday, and will be away for 6-7 weeks...and we CAN"T wait..!!!!!!....

LynLaugh alot..life's too short not to....


brrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!

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Follow Up By: Member - Glenn(VIC) - Tuesday, Sep 09, 2003 at 11:41

Tuesday, Sep 09, 2003 at 11:41
Sounds great Lyn,

Enjoy.Just Do It!

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Reply By: ROBERT - Tuesday, Sep 09, 2003 at 15:27

Tuesday, Sep 09, 2003 at 15:27
FANTASTIC DID A SIMILAR TRIP 2 MONTHS AGO MAKE SURE YOU SWIM THROUGH THE GORGES AT RED BACK GORGE SPECTACULLAR
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Follow Up By: Member - Glenn(VIC) - Tuesday, Sep 09, 2003 at 16:37

Tuesday, Sep 09, 2003 at 16:37
Thanks for the tip Robert. I believe it is quite a swim in chilly water, but I will set the family a challenge, as I have read that the end of the Gorge is spectacular.

CheersJust Do It!

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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Sep 09, 2003 at 16:21

Tuesday, Sep 09, 2003 at 16:21
And its AYRES ROCK..

White man is allowed some history too ya know.

Me who hates politcal correctness and bum licking.
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Follow Up By: Member - Glenn(VIC) - Tuesday, Sep 09, 2003 at 16:41

Tuesday, Sep 09, 2003 at 16:41
Hi Truckster,

I know it as Ayers Rock, but on all maps it is now named Uluru.

I can't win sometimes.

I will email you some photos of Ayers Rock when we return.

CheersJust Do It!

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Reply By: Member - Alex B - Tuesday, Sep 09, 2003 at 16:26

Tuesday, Sep 09, 2003 at 16:26
Hi Glenn, sounds like your going to have a fantastic time!!

Stop and smell the roses (and that beautiful red dust) and enjoy every moment!

Looking forward to hearing your tales when you return.
cheers
Alex
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Follow Up By: Member - Glenn(VIC) - Tuesday, Sep 09, 2003 at 16:42

Tuesday, Sep 09, 2003 at 16:42
Thanks Alex,

I am expecting to enjoy each and every minute of the journey.

I will update my website when we return for all to have a look.

CheersJust Do It!

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Reply By: haze - Tuesday, Sep 09, 2003 at 17:44

Tuesday, Sep 09, 2003 at 17:44
Glenn, sure you are going to have a great adventure. The reason I asked your route was that if you were interested in venturing off the main track you can turn west at Cunnamulla, Eulo, then up to Quilpie via Toompine (a very old pub with a very small bar!) Quilpie to Eromanga (the most distant settlement from the sea in ozz) then Kyabra waterholes (a great camp spot/fishing) across to Thylungra, ( original home of the Duracks) up the Windorah road to the Retreat rd. (50km. short of Wind./Cooper crk.) then through Retreat where you cross the Thomson r. (good camp/fish) Stonehenge (great pub,camp opp. showers etc.) then straight up the road to Longreach. You would see some terrific country,meet cattlemen,ringers,opal miners (Im'e one!) and a whole mob of interesting others. Its all good camp country, and if you consult your map not really much further.
Hope this of interest cheers haze
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Follow Up By: Member - Glenn(VIC) - Tuesday, Sep 09, 2003 at 22:50

Tuesday, Sep 09, 2003 at 22:50
Thanks Haze,

I won't have time to do that this time. I have driven from Birdsville to Longreach via Windorah, Jundah and Stonehenge previously, but again it was rushed, so didn't get a chance to look around. My parents used to go and stay a couple of months with the ranger at Welford NP every couple of years, and they loved the area.

I will certainly keep it in mind for future reference.

Thanks again

CheersJust Do It!

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Reply By: GOB member vic - Tuesday, Sep 09, 2003 at 20:08

Tuesday, Sep 09, 2003 at 20:08
good day mate
if you have time coming down the plenty a stop at gemtree and a days digging is a bit of fun enjoy your trip we have only been home since sat after going to darwin and drifting back down to home and i am envious of you but i had to come home to get the money to plan the next trip
steveits arrived just got to get photo and download
only 1.5 sleeps to go then off nth to darwin yeah
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Follow Up By: Member - Glenn(VIC) - Tuesday, Sep 09, 2003 at 22:52

Tuesday, Sep 09, 2003 at 22:52
Hi Steve,

You are right. I do intend to stay at Gemtree and have a fossick. I am sure your trip was extremely enjoyable. Where to next?

CheersJust Do It!

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Reply By: Member - Paul H - Tuesday, Sep 09, 2003 at 22:00

Tuesday, Sep 09, 2003 at 22:00
Have a great & safe trip. You are travelling through some of the best outback scenery this country has to offer.................wish I was going too!!!!!!
But then there is so much of this county to see you have to spead youself around too seee it all. As my pic suggests

Have Fun

PMKoff to googs track & gawler ranges................Sept hol's.
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Follow Up By: Member - Glenn(VIC) - Tuesday, Sep 09, 2003 at 22:57

Tuesday, Sep 09, 2003 at 22:57
Hi Paul,

I definately agree with you. Hopefully I will be able to take long service leave next year, and I hope to then spend 3 months on the road. I have travelled extensively around this great land. Thankfully the bug planted by my parents has well and truly remained with me. Having the 4WD only increases the number of areas that can be accessed.

Have fun on your trip. Your trip is one that I wish to do also in the future.

Cheers Just Do It!

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Reply By: Member -BJ (Sydney) - Wednesday, Sep 10, 2003 at 18:51

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2003 at 18:51
Definatly second seeing the Matilda Cntr at Winton if you are staying in Winton eat at the Tattersals hotel best pub food i've ever had & cheap Bug & prawn platter you could'nt jump over. Enjoy your trip you lucky bugg** Regards Bob
Where to next
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Follow Up By: Member - Glenn(VIC) - Wednesday, Sep 10, 2003 at 22:11

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2003 at 22:11
Hi BJ,

We won't be staying at Winton, but I intend to see the Waltzing Matilda Centre.

Thanks for the tip.

CheersJust Do It!

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