Trip to the Cape next year

Submitted: Wednesday, Aug 17, 2011 at 13:21
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I am thinking about 4 weeks Cairns to Cairns June / July 2012. I was wondering if there is a web site for people doing trips like this, that would like to travel together for all or part of the trip. This would be more for break down / safety and company reasons.
I do not want to be on a tag-along group, just 1 or 2 other vehicles. We have travelled around Oz for 6 months a couple of years ago and have enough experience in the outback.
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Reply By: deserter - Wednesday, Aug 17, 2011 at 13:39

Wednesday, Aug 17, 2011 at 13:39
You can organise trips on this site. Also look at capeyorkforums.com.au.
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Follow Up By: deserter - Wednesday, Aug 17, 2011 at 13:41

Wednesday, Aug 17, 2011 at 13:41
Sorry - no au on that address.
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Follow Up By: wato35 - Wednesday, Aug 17, 2011 at 15:08

Wednesday, Aug 17, 2011 at 15:08
Hi Deserter

Is there a special section on this site or is it just through the forum?

Thansk

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Reply By: CSeaJay - Wednesday, Aug 17, 2011 at 18:39

Wednesday, Aug 17, 2011 at 18:39
Wato

There are so many people travelling that route, you will never be alone and there are many opportunities to meet people going the same direction as you. We caught up with the same people several times in a two week period.

For 2 of the reasons you stated you really do not have to worry a) breakdown and b) security
as for c) company - that could be your only reason - but plenty of opportunities once youre there!
CJ
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Reply By: Mick O - Wednesday, Aug 17, 2011 at 20:53

Wednesday, Aug 17, 2011 at 20:53
Wato, you could consider beoming a member of EO and supporting the site. You then get access to features like the members trip/gathering organiser etc.

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Follow Up By: wato35 - Wednesday, Aug 17, 2011 at 21:12

Wednesday, Aug 17, 2011 at 21:12
Hi Mick

I have thought about becoming a member, but for the time I spend on this site I cannot see the value. I not saying its not worth it, but I have looked around & I do not see what the difference between the two. Maybe there should be a short term viewing of what the members see, to show me and other potential members what they are missing.

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Follow Up By: ExplorOz - David & Michelle - Wednesday, Aug 17, 2011 at 23:39

Wednesday, Aug 17, 2011 at 23:39
Hi Wato,
This is an excerpt from the About Us page...

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