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Been to Darwin lately - or are you going???

Postby Nenie23 » Thu Oct 05, 2006 2:45 pm

Howdy all,
We are looking at heading off to Darwin next year in June. Starting from the Central Coast and heading up. Looking at travelling through Goondiwindi, Augathella, Longreach etc to Darwin. We have 4 weeks holidays to go up see Darwin then back.

Yes - I can hear you all saying - that is not enough time. I know but that is all we could get off. I figure 1 week to travel up, 1 to travel back, and two weeks in between to see as much as we can.

There is two families going, both with 2 adults, 2 kids and 2 dogs each.

Has anyone been there, done it or going to do it that can give us some advice.

Thanks guys
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Postby Scolers » Thu Oct 05, 2006 3:08 pm

Book ahead! It gets busy during the Dry Season.

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Postby Kramer » Thu Oct 05, 2006 3:53 pm

Yes very true book ahead! And don't plan a really tight schedule with all that many people going, something is bound to go wrong along the line and set you back maybe from 2hrs to maybe a day!

Went on a trip a while ago and people were getting really cranky cause other people had car problems etc and they were supposed to be here by now etc, made the trip really uncomfortable for some!
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Postby Nenie23 » Thu Oct 05, 2006 3:57 pm

thanks guys. We have all travelled together before - last trip was 11,500kms through the centre of Australia, so we can put up with one another and our faults. Easy family to travel with.

Yes - we have witnessed the huge amount of people that travel. Get to a caravan park at 1.00pm and the only ones there, then by 7.00 it is so full you cant swing a cat.

The worst part about planning a trip is waiting for it to happen.


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Postby HGMonaro » Tue Oct 10, 2006 11:47 am

isn't it a bit hard to book ahead and travel with a loose schedule?

Currently planning a 3+ mth trip and from all the people I've talked to with 1st hand experience, Broome is the only real worry, and I'm happy to give it a miss anyway.

The worst part about planning a trip is waiting for it to happen.


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Postby Ozzycamperboy » Tue Oct 10, 2006 6:29 pm

HGMonaro wrote:isn't it a bit hard to book ahead and travel with a loose schedule?


Swag + Rooftop luggage hoopty-do = No reservations nesessary.... 1000000000+ Star hotel cause your sleepin under em' :armsup

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If my car wasn't so unreliable i'd probly try and do some long distance trips.... might do anyway :lol:
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Postby Nenie23 » Tue Oct 10, 2006 7:05 pm

Ozzie Camper Boy

That looks unreal - maybe a bit sqeezy with my family of 2 adults and 2 kids and of course the 2 dogs. Ha Ha
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Postby Kramer » Wed Oct 11, 2006 9:59 am

LOL the 2 dogs, mine sleep under the car! If the missus had her way we would be taking the 2 cats as well!

I said it was ok cause I could always use more crab pot bait!
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Postby Nenie23 » Wed Oct 11, 2006 1:03 pm

We go in luxury I must say. Last November we spent $28,000 on a brand new AVan Ray - yes my heart is still skipping a beat. But, we planned to take 12 months off to travel round Australia so it was going to be our house. Unfortunately, we have to hold those plans at the moment as my wonderful father in law has just been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

We still do smaller trips, but do go in style with a set of bunks at the front for my children, and a double bed for us - AND NO CANVAS!!!

The tent however, has still, and will not be thrown out.

Australia will see us sometime as we are now taking each day as it comes.

Gotta keep our chins up though.
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Postby HGMonaro » Wed Oct 11, 2006 5:28 pm

Ozzycamperboy wrote:Swag + Rooftop luggage hoopty-do = No reservations nesessary.... 1000000000+ Star hotel cause your sleepin under em' :armsup


so you agree with me!
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Postby Nenie23 » Thu Oct 12, 2006 4:46 pm

Yes - somewhat I agree with you but there is nothing better than pulling up in our van, undoing 5 latches.......

4 latches for the roof then the latch on a drink!!!!!!

No setting up in wonderful
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Postby Kramer » Fri Oct 13, 2006 9:51 am

:armsup latch on a drink!!!!!! :armsup

After reading that I feel like a beer and its only 9am :beer

I am not an alco really!
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