Travel Advice

We have 3 primary aged children wanting to travel Aus. We are heading off in Dec somewhere for 2-3 mths then again in Mar for the rest of the year. If we could have advice on where to go in Dec trying to stay away from the heat. When we leave in Mar which direction to go around Aus, thinking about weather, places to see etc Maybe another family would like to join us or discuss. We have a new Cruiser and a Retreat Daydream van. If anyone could give us any advice or tips on where to go what to take or not to take it would be greatly appreciated.
Kind Regards
Richard
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Reply By: Member - Joe n Mel n kids (FNQ - Sunday, Sep 23, 2012 at 11:02

Sunday, Sep 23, 2012 at 11:02
anti clockwise in the dry season and clockwise in the wet ... around aussie that is... in the top of aussie in the dry we get strong winds blow for days at atime from the east to west so best to have a tail wind.....
Where are you now ??? that may assist in where to go and what sort of people are you, camping keen, bush lovers, maybe just like sights ...
The thing about aussie is you really can go anyware and you only make of it what you want to so just throw a dart and off you go...
Cheers
Joe
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Follow Up By: 410 - Sunday, Sep 23, 2012 at 11:37

Sunday, Sep 23, 2012 at 11:37
Thankyou, we are in the Hunter of NSW. We live on a farm and done a bit of camping, but it comes down to safety on where to stay and i guess towing a large van we may be limited on some places. We are new to this caravaning travel ? So any tips would be great.
Thankyou
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Follow Up By: Member - Joe n Mel n kids (FNQ - Sunday, Sep 23, 2012 at 12:09

Sunday, Sep 23, 2012 at 12:09
3 things .... is the van a/conditioned ...... do you have beer/wine ........ and do the kids LOVE water (what kids dont haha) ....
If the van is poorly a/c'd or has none you will find it VERY hard in any northern places, you need to relax in comfort .....
Head north and pick parks with good pools and water "fun", kids will LOVE it and you sit back and enjoy, big vans seem fairly normal now so dont worry to much about that, you can base at a van park and do day trip hiking sightseeing ect and in the arvo when worn out and hot go "home" and kids will wind out in the water and go to bed early ......... cant beat that
Cheers
Joe
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Follow Up By: 410 - Sunday, Sep 23, 2012 at 12:35

Sunday, Sep 23, 2012 at 12:35
Hi ,Yes the van has AC , van is new. Kids love water and the wife and i enjoy a beer and wine. Are you saying head north in Dec or in Mar or both?
Rich
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Follow Up By: Member - Joe n Mel n kids (FNQ - Sunday, Sep 23, 2012 at 20:20

Sunday, Sep 23, 2012 at 20:20
i guess i would go north on both, some van parks have really good kids stuff and that counts for a LOT, Dec will be hot anyware i guess so i would stick to the coast and do "inland" trip in march as it is a lot cooler ....
Another thing we have is dvd players on the headrests for the kids, a lot of people dont like the idea but it can keep them quite for hours and you need them to be quite and relaxed while you drive, they dont have much interest in "sights" like we as adults have and will often take a quick look and give up, we also found that when we did some of the desert tracks we brought the dvd's before and they watched them before we got to them and kept a lookout for all the stuff as seen on the dvd, that made it very exciting for them as we all pointed out and stopped at the sights, when we tryed to tell them without the dvd's to see they just did not really care as much ...
Cheers
Joe
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Follow Up By: 410 - Monday, Sep 24, 2012 at 09:42

Monday, Sep 24, 2012 at 09:42
Hi Joe
We appreciate all the hints, we have an ipad and agree with what you are saying.
Rich
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Reply By: Trev&Ness B - Sunday, Sep 23, 2012 at 11:03

Sunday, Sep 23, 2012 at 11:03
which state are you leaving from. This will help people help you
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Follow Up By: 410 - Sunday, Sep 23, 2012 at 11:39

Sunday, Sep 23, 2012 at 11:39
Hi
Sorry about that i thought the blog gives you the info. We are in the Hunter of NSW. Thankyou
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Reply By: Member - Leanne W (NSW) - Monday, Sep 24, 2012 at 08:13

Monday, Sep 24, 2012 at 08:13
Hi Richard,
What about Tassie in December? There is all sorts of fun stuff for kids there, and the weather should be okay.
Have a look at the discover Tasmania website - it will give you heaps of info.
Leanne
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Follow Up By: 410 - Monday, Sep 24, 2012 at 09:45

Monday, Sep 24, 2012 at 09:45
Hi Leanne
I did think of Tassie, but maybe i"ll do that later after we get some experience first and iron out any problems while we are this side of the water.
Thankyou
Richard
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Reply By: scout99 - Sunday, Sep 30, 2012 at 20:01

Sunday, Sep 30, 2012 at 20:01
I took 3 kids of similar age for a 12 month trip around Australia some years ago. We departed from Sydney for 1.5 months and did southern NSW and lots of Victoria in summer. We then headed north in March and did an anti-clockwise lap. We experienced only a handful of rainy days in 6 months of travel and it was always warm enough for the children to swim and we all had an absolute ball. Unfortunately, though, we arrived in Perth in September and, from there on, it was often too cold to swim and oh so wet in the south of WA and in Victoria (SA was mostly dry but not that warm). It just wasn't the same once the kids couldn't swim as much, and the extended rainy periods very quickly gave me cabin fever (we were living in a wind-up camper trailer). In hindsight, I wish we'd taken our time a bit more coming down WA, perhaps by meandering inland a bit more, so that it was warmer when we arrived in the south.
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Follow Up By: 410 - Sunday, Oct 07, 2012 at 12:36

Sunday, Oct 07, 2012 at 12:36
Hi
Sorry about the delay, have just got home from being away. It is always good to hear from people who have travelled around.
Thankyou
Richard
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Reply By: Rebecca H - Thursday, Oct 04, 2012 at 13:24

Thursday, Oct 04, 2012 at 13:24
Hi, I have actually just posted about travelling with kids. We are from Tassie and hoping to travel for most of next year also hoping to leave in March. Our two boys will be 5 years old and 20 months old by then. We have also been looking into that same van this week and are planning on selling our Pajero to buy a Landcruiser. Have you had a chance to try the van out yet? If we had another family to meet up with at points along the way our decision to go will be almost certain. Our main concern is the fact that our 5 year old won't get enough socialisation. I am a teacher so I am more than comfortable with teaching him the academic stuff but obviously socialisation is the more important thing with that age group. We have camped a fair bit and had a 9 week camping trip when our eldest was 2 1/2. Would love to get in touch with you guys about your plans etc. Will you be working some of the trip?
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Follow Up By: Rebecca H - Saturday, Oct 06, 2012 at 07:09

Saturday, Oct 06, 2012 at 07:09
My email address is rebecca.harding@education.tas.gov.au
Just in case thread gets archived :)
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Follow Up By: 410 - Sunday, Oct 07, 2012 at 12:48

Sunday, Oct 07, 2012 at 12:48
Hi Rebecca
We have just had 11 nights away in our new van, all good. We too had a Pajero and bought a Cruiser due the power, safety and weight of the tow vehicle. We bought the new GX Diesel Cruiser about $10k cheaper than the GXL, as i couldn't justify the extra money. This money would be put towards bulbar, towbar, elec brakes etc and i still have change. If you would like more info on van, car or trip let me know and i will sent our email to yours. Hope to meet you on the track.
Regards
Richard
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Follow Up By: Rebecca H - Sunday, Oct 07, 2012 at 12:57

Sunday, Oct 07, 2012 at 12:57
Hi of you could email me that would be great thanks!
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