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Submitted: Sunday, Oct 12, 2003 at 19:58
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Hi everyone,
My parents are currently planning their big 'round Australia' trip, to commence in April next year. I am trying to think of a good Christmas present for them: something for their caravan OR perhaps a ticket for a place they will visit on their trip.
Can anyone suggest something that is/was really practical on their round Australia trip? Perhaps something I won't necessary think of? Or perhaps you found a really great place to go to/see/experience i.e. swimming with the dolphins, wine tours in S.A. etc that I could buy them a ticket for.
I am also putting together a personalised calendar for them, with all things like festivals and dates of 'must-see' events around Australia i.e. Floriade in Canberra, Tamworth Music Festival. I would also be interested in hearing about events in small country towns that are 'must-sees', that are not necessarily main stream.

Thanks very much for your help, Emma
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Reply By: Member - Eric- Sunday, Oct 12, 2003 at 20:15

Sunday, Oct 12, 2003 at 20:15
Were are they starting from ?Venus Bay
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Follow Up By: Vards306 - Sunday, Oct 12, 2003 at 20:37

Sunday, Oct 12, 2003 at 20:37
Starting from the Gold Coast
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Reply By: Member - Ross- Sunday, Oct 12, 2003 at 20:28

Sunday, Oct 12, 2003 at 20:28
Depends somewhat on the amount of dollars you had in mind ... any clues??Rosco
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Follow Up By: Vards306 - Sunday, Oct 12, 2003 at 20:37

Sunday, Oct 12, 2003 at 20:37
Dollars -- not tooo much, preferably $30 - $100?
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Reply By: Member - Al Symers (SA) - Sunday, Oct 12, 2003 at 21:57

Sunday, Oct 12, 2003 at 21:57
What about a Hema Atlas with spiral binding so that the relevant page can be opened flat on your lap, or a decent rechargable torch, a couple of books of postage stamps, phone cards etc etc.Nil Taurus Excretus
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Reply By: Member - Jack - Sunday, Oct 12, 2003 at 22:02

Sunday, Oct 12, 2003 at 22:02
Just my thought on the ticket idea ... nice thought, but most trips of this magnitude rarely go "according to the script" .. meaning that you could buy a ticket to an event and for a myriad of reasons they may not make the venue at the appointed time.

Something that they can take with them sounds like a safer idea.
Perhaps a good travel book - "Explore Australia" comes to mind which has a State by State breakdown of towns, events, maps etc. I think it is published by Telstra.

There is a website click here which will give some details.

Safe travels
JackAustralia - If you don't love it, leave!!!
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Follow Up By: Member - Jack - Sunday, Oct 12, 2003 at 22:05

Sunday, Oct 12, 2003 at 22:05
Just checked the link and it works . . . but the site is publicising the Explore Australia *2003* edition. There is a 2004 Edition, so might be worth making sure you get the current version if you decide this is the way to go.
Cheers
JackAustralia - If you don't love it, leave!!!
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Reply By: wazza - Monday, Oct 13, 2003 at 08:55

Monday, Oct 13, 2003 at 08:55
Hi Emma,

Put the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz on their list if it fits the schedule. It is end of October this year, so may fit their plans next year if they are around North East Victoria about then.

Remeber that a lot of the events in small towns will have accommodation/camping booked out around the whole area. You list of small town events is a great idea.
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Reply By: Member - Mal - Monday, Oct 13, 2003 at 11:01

Monday, Oct 13, 2003 at 11:01
Hi Emma,

To help with your calandar, Gregory's put out a book in their "see Australia" series called "ALL YEAR" which describes and gives the dates for all the events around Australia such as festivals, races etc. I know it is available at World Wide Maps and Guides in Brisbane (07) 32214330 for $23.

Mal T.
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Reply By: mick - Monday, Oct 13, 2003 at 11:34

Monday, Oct 13, 2003 at 11:34
Gidday Emma,

For Fathers Day my kids gave me a Book. As we are planning a trip next year a camping/caravaning book was in order.
They got me a book written by a couple John and Jan Tait who had obviously done a fair bit of travelling and research. The book is called "Explore Australia by Caravan". It has everything you need to know about travelling by van.

$59.95 and I highly recommend it.

Reagrds Mick
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Follow Up By: wazza - Monday, Oct 13, 2003 at 15:11

Monday, Oct 13, 2003 at 15:11
Yep, gave that one to my old man. He seems to find it a hand reference

Explore Australia by Caravan

I ordered online from Dymocks and they did a free gift wrap and card, which is handy for anyone sending a book to someone as a gift interstate, etc.
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Reply By: bruce.h (WA) - Monday, Oct 13, 2003 at 13:02

Monday, Oct 13, 2003 at 13:02
Gday Emma
try joining them up in the national trust as this will give them free acces to all national trust properties around australia .
not only will they save money but its agift usable on the whole trip that will last for a full year,or you could contact the government dept in control of national parks in each state & buy a parks pass which will give free access to most parks for that state
hopr theese ideas help regards Bruce
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Reply By: Fish - Tuesday, Oct 14, 2003 at 16:28

Tuesday, Oct 14, 2003 at 16:28
I got a 12 volt flouro not long ago, and then bought a second one. One is a versalite ($95) and the other is badged by ARB ($75). I haven't closely compared them yet (as the ARB one is still in the box) but I suspect they are out of the same factory. I think there is another one out there called 'see ezy' or something similar. The ones that I have mentioned only draw a claimed 1 amp per hour and they put out about the equivalent of a 60W globe. Any drain on my small aux battery is negligible for the couple of hours at night it is on, and doesn't affect the engel or coldies one bit.

cheers
Fish
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