Advise on travelling from Adelaide to Rainbow Beach Queensland

Submitted: Sunday, Apr 29, 2012 at 11:19
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We are planning to take our caravan and small dog up as far as Rainbow Beach Queensland and returning via the coast as far as Coffs Harbour leaving around June 7th. We want to go via Broken Hill and call in to Lightning Ridge and Boomi and to avoid Brisbane on the way up.
As neither of us can repair anything and are what you would call "fairweather " campers we would appreciate any advice on the pros and cons of taking this route and any advice on what to do should we break down or any essential equipment we might need.
We have a 2004 Misubishi Challenger and a four year old 18 ft concept caravan both of which we have had since new and are well maintained. Thanks.
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Reply By: louie the fly - Sunday, Apr 29, 2012 at 12:39

Sunday, Apr 29, 2012 at 12:39
A few years ago we went to fraser island via broken hill, wilcania, cobar then on to coonabarabran north into qld then across to dalby. We stayed at tincan bay but went on to fraser at rainbow beach.

If your car is well maintained you shouldn't have any problems. But get the van wheel bearings checked before you leave.

If you're not good at fixing stuff you need to at least be able to do the following;
- change a wheel
- replace fan belt
- replace a radiator hose and top up coolant. Never remove radiator cap while engine is hot. Take it from me. I suffered some nasty burns from this.
- Replace a blown fuse and light bulbs

Also make sure you have an appropriate means of communication in case you do have a breakdown and its outside your scope of knowledge.
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Follow Up By: belfastgirl1943 - Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 08:25

Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 08:25
Thanks for replying and for your kind advise which we will take on board.
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Reply By: landed eagle - Sunday, Apr 29, 2012 at 20:36

Sunday, Apr 29, 2012 at 20:36
Enjoy Rainbow Beach, don't get stuck on the sand! Have a look at the pictures on the wall in the pub to see why........assuming they are still there near the 8 ball table at the rear.
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Follow Up By: Member - Josh- Sunday, Apr 29, 2012 at 22:22

Sunday, Apr 29, 2012 at 22:22
We spent our Sundays sitting on the beach watching clowns get stuck. Some very expensive right offs.
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Follow Up By: belfastgirl1943 - Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 08:28

Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 08:28
Thanks for the warning but we will only be walking or sitting on the beach - we are older and wiser and boring and some times even invisible!!!!!!!!!!
Cheers and Happy travelling.
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Reply By: Ron N - Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 00:55

Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 00:55
Belfastgirl - Well, the first thing I would do is find out the repair and towing facilities business names at each major town along your route, and keep their names and phone numbers handy.

Most travellers in the remote areas are willing enough to stop and assist you to some degree, if you've had a breakdown - but if they haven't got the tools, parts or expertise to get you going again - you're reliant on these businesses in these remote towns, that specialise in towing and repair in remote regions.

A "roadside assist" service from the State Automobile Club, or other organisation, usually doesn't extend to these more remote regions.

All I can recommend is to ensure you have your cooling system maintained with a flush out and fresh coolant - carry spare radiator hoses - and carry a few basic tools, such as pliers, an adjustable spanner, and screwdrivers.

Overheating is a common problem when towing at highway speeds, and cooling systems are the greatest source of problems with most vehicles once they get over about 6 yrs old.

Make sure also, that you keep your radiator free of bugs, such as grasshoppers and locusts, as these are often a big problem in country areas and remote regions. They will block radiators rapidly if allowed to accumulate. If you carry a mesh screen that can be affixed to the front of your vehicle, this will prevent the problem.

Cheers - Ron.
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Follow Up By: belfastgirl1943 - Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 08:24

Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 08:24
Many thanks very useful information.
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