Where to go next before we sell our touring 4WD?

Submitted: Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010 at 12:17
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We bought a 2002 Landcruiser Diesel Turbo fully decked out as a touring 4WD for our 3 month trip to the Kimberley this year. We also bought an off-road camper trailer that we intend to keep.

Now we have time for another 3 month trip (start of September - end of November) but I'm not sure where we should go. I want to make use of the 4WD before we get rid of it.

Although we are a young family (with 2 small kids) we have the equipment and supplies to survive 2 weeks without restocking.

Our last trip was:

Brisbane -> Alice Springs (via Charleville and Mt Isa)
Expore all places around Alice Springs (incl. Uluru, Kings Canyon)
Alice Springs -> Kimberley (via Tanami Track)
Explore all places around Kimberley, south as far as Broome, then up Gibb River Road and Mitchell Plateau.
Kimberley -> Darwn (via main highways)
Darwin -> Mackay (via main highways)
Mackay -> Brisbane (via main highways)

Any suggestions are welcome!

We were thinking of going south (we live in Brisbane), or through the Birdsville track, but wondering if we should get up to Cape York or not?
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Reply By: Robin Miller - Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010 at 12:53

Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010 at 12:53
After having just come up the Canning , I'd suggest it around time of next school holidays if by yourself , it will get you using your 4wd without anything extreme. Its a long 2000km drive which can be done in your car, and needs up to 2 weeks of supplies as you can top up 1/2 way along.

You just need suspension and tyres in first class condition, and a means of external, contact - I suggest that time because a day won't go by in which you do not see other cars.

We passed and re-passed a similar car who even still had spare tyre mounted underneath , but I wouldn't do that.
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Follow Up By: ifunk - Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010 at 16:16

Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010 at 16:16
I was hoping you'd say don't sell the 4wd :)

Thanks for your suggestion.
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Reply By: Member - Alan H (QLD) - Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010 at 16:36

Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010 at 16:36
We have just got back from the Great Central Road and the Plenty. Great trip!.

Brisbane - Cunnamulla - Nocundra - Tibooburra - Broken Hill - Port Augusta - Kalgoorlie - Laverton - Ayer's Rock - Ernest Giles HWY - Alice - Plenty HWY - Boulia -Birdsville - Windorah - Charleville - Brisbane.

This was 10163km done in 4 weeks.

Great piece of country.

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Follow Up By: Brian Purdue - Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010 at 18:04

Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010 at 18:04
That was fantastic Alan. Did you actually see anything apart from the road?
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Follow Up By: Member - Alan H (QLD) - Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010 at 20:24

Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010 at 20:24
The pace sounds fast but was rather gentle - last two days were a drive (Bitumen) but the rest were ambles with plenty of stops. We saw water in the Finke and the Todd rivers. There was a fair bit of showers and some roads had bog holes and water but nothing too dramatic.

We wanted to go to Palm Valley but road was closed. The Ernest Giles and Plenty hwys were closed just before we got to them but opened by the time we wanted to travel them.

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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010 at 19:45

Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010 at 19:45
I know someone who wants to buy one shortly.

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Reply By: ianmcoutback - Wednesday, Jul 28, 2010 at 19:58

Wednesday, Jul 28, 2010 at 19:58
Mt Augustus in WA that were i will get to one day its bigger than Eyers Rock 3 times bigger and nobody knows about it look it up then go have a look.
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Follow Up By: ifunk - Wednesday, Jul 28, 2010 at 20:18

Wednesday, Jul 28, 2010 at 20:18
Thanks for the tip - I've never heard of it before, sounds like it's worth a look.
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