Central Australia trip - March 2011

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Central Australia trip - March 2011

Postby NickJ » Wed Sep 10, 2014 2:45 pm

Hi all
Sorry to repost my last report went missing and I wanted to refer to it for next year's trip.

After only about 4 weeks lead time, Donna and I headed off for our first interstate 4WD trip. We planned for a 2 week trip which in hindsight, was 2 weeks too short. Anyway,
this leaves us some things to do next time. We hooked the camper up to the Pathfinder and headed off shortly after 5:00am Monday morning, bound for Robe SA, well, Southend actually as this is where we were staying for 2 nights. Along the way, we found a nice waterfall which we took a big walk to.
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After an uneventful trip, we got to Southend Caravan Park about 4:00pm set up camp and headed out for a walk around the beach and then a drive around the near area.
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Hmmmm
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We also found a nice little cave close by the caravan park
Tuesday was beach day! How much fun could driving in sand possibly be?
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A walk along Beachport pier before heading out to the beach.
Thanks to D4x4 Paul for the tip, we visited Beachport Visitor Centre for some great 4x4 info for our trip.
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The beach at last! But how much fun could it be?
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There were sand drifts everywhere that often covered up the tracks
Wednesday came and we packed up and headed out early, bound for Gawler to the north of Adelaide and in close to the Barossa Valley.
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A big lobster on the way
The wineries were nice and we bought a few nice bottles of Port.
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Through Port Augusta, we were met with this sign. Left or Right? We went right.
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I finally got the chance to wind the Pathy up and pass a road train. This one had 4 trailers of fuel behind the prime mover. it took a while to wind the Pathy up, but there was heaps of room out there, it was often 20mins between passing vehicles!
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We stopped the night in Woomera and were greeted by a nice sunset
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Some of the locals in Woomera
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Coober Pedy. The town is as boring as the sign
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We splashed out and stayed at the Desert Cave Hotel and of course, we booked an underground room
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More of Coober Pedy where a lot of the houses are in dug outs in the ground
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Even the train lines were as straight as the road
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We made it!
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Speed limit up a notch, unfortunately, the Pathy was best suited between 105 and 115km/h
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Mt Connor. Yes we thought it was Ayres Rock too!
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Some great scenery along the way to break up the boring drive
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Wheeeee! No comments required.
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Kinda puts you in the mood
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We were fortunate enough for Donna to have a great boss and he organised a free flight for us in his helicopter.
We stopped at Ayers Rock Resort for the night and after dinner, we headed over to the bar and entertainment area. Didn't count heads, but the undercover area was nearly as big as
O'Tooles Flat!
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Some views around kings Canyon from the air
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I love this shot of Donna driving in the outback
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Some more of the locals
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Redbank Gorge where we stayed for a night in the great outdoors. Almost free camping - $7.70 for the 2 of us for the night!
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"High Clearance 4wd only" *rolleyes
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The track to Roma Gorge went in and out of a lovely dry creek bed. We towed the camper in and it wasn't hard going at all
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The gorge, paintings and scratchings were worth the drive
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Glen Helen Gorge
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I went for a swim in one of the gorges along the way to Alice Springs. It was Gorgeous!
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Red Ochre Gorge
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Some of the great gorges and views in the West MacDonnell National Park
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Back on the road again
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More locals
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We were lucky to visit shortly after some quite heavy rain which filled up some of the dry areas
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On the way home now in Renmark having lunch by the river, after staying at Cadney Roadhouse and Peterborough on the way
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This guy had the perfect accessory for those deep river crossings!
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I thought they changed the name of this town to Speed Kills?
We stayed at Birchip Caravan Park on the way home, nothing much happens in Birchip! Great hamburgers in the caravan park though!
Earlier in the trip, we got a call from a good friend in Merrijig who said, come in on your way home. Well, not exactly on the way home, but we made the trek across Victoria regardless to be greeted by an awesome lamb roast! Thanks Julie. Hope the Sheepyard traffic is not too noisy for Easter.

I hope you enjoyed our quick trip like we did. It was a bit fast but even after 6600km,
we are planning the next one already.


Nick and Donna
PS. The Pathy used about $1600 of LPG and ULP and could only manage about 21 litres per
100km towing the camper. Fuel was around $1.70 (max $2.05) and LPG 75 - 80c (max $1.08)
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Re: Central Australia trip - March 2011

Postby squizzy » Wed Sep 10, 2014 5:16 pm

thanks for sharing!!
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Re: Central Australia trip - March 2011

Postby a7993 » Wed Sep 10, 2014 7:12 pm

Looks like a great getaway....cheers
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Re: Central Australia trip - March 2011

Postby NickJ » Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:55 am

More trip memories!
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