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> Great Australian road trips
starlagurl
post Apr 7 2008, 12:01 PM
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If you're planning on doing an Australia road trip, Venere has a few itineraries for you.

http://www.venere.com/blog/australia-road-trips/

Anybody ever done one? Is Australia too big to drive around? How long does it take?


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post Apr 7 2008, 03:03 PM
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Best thing ever biggrin.gif

We drove ~8000 km in 18 days.

I recommend taking Larapinta Drive around the Western MacDonnell Ranges nr Alice Springs. I particularly liked the drive from Sydney down the coast to Jervis Bay/Batemans Bay and then inland through the mountains to Canberra. Ahhhhhhh man, I miss Australia!
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post Apr 7 2008, 03:05 PM
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Wowie wow! That's a lot of driving. Have you ever seen that movie Wolf Creek? It makes me think of that...I would not want to leave my car alone for very long after seeing that movie! Ai yi yi!


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post Apr 7 2008, 03:15 PM
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Yeah, thank god I only watched that after I got back! Funny though cause thats what it was like - not seeing anyone for miles and miles.
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post Apr 7 2008, 03:16 PM
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Ohhhhhhhh my goodness, creepy jeepy!
I shouldn't talk though, I'm going on a crazy-person road trip to the Northwest Territories this summer!


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post Apr 7 2008, 03:28 PM
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Oh crap, that was me lol - on my mum's computer and it had her signed in, oops!

Road trips are the best, I love 'em. How far away is NW Territories?
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post Apr 7 2008, 03:30 PM
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Haha funny, I don't know how far! There's no real directions on Google Maps, but I know a highway goes there...

Here's the map Google comes up with: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&hl=en&...ie=UTF8&z=5


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post Apr 7 2008, 03:39 PM
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Wow - have fun with that!

The thing I found was that driving in England is such a stress because there's so much traffic and its all nasty, ugly roads, whereas I could drive all day in Australia and not get bored or annoyed. It was kinda like driving on autopilot and just admiring the scenery.
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post Apr 7 2008, 03:44 PM
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Oh I see, yeah driving in Canada is a lot like that, just scenery and nothingness. Canada and Australia are a lot alike in terms of those types of things. Not climate, but lots of other things...


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post Apr 11 2008, 04:34 PM
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I did it in WA and it was one of the best experiences of my life! A friend and I bought a car in Perth and we drove it up the coast and across the top to Darwin. It was amazing - we got to all the little known places and slept at the beach. We would go miles without seeing another soul. I am writing my travel blog years after the fact here:

www.travelpod.com/members/andrea
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post Apr 14 2008, 08:54 AM
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Wow, did the car ever break down? That's what I would be afraid of...


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post Apr 14 2008, 09:50 AM
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I bought a car and ragged it senseless for 10000k's smile.gif Nothing like driving through the outback in a fully loaded car (and I mean fully loaded, probably around 500kg's extra weight including 4 passengers, luggage and camping gear!) at over 180km/hr for 5 hours straight!!


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post Apr 14 2008, 01:06 PM
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180 km/hr what kind of car did you have?! Where were the police??? Was your car falling apart while going that fast?!?!


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post Apr 15 2008, 03:27 AM
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No police, no speed limit outside urban areas and no towns for hundreds of km's! It really is amazing.

The car was a 4 litre Ford Falcon saloon. I drove from Tennant Creek (Which really was like Wolfe Creek! Check it here!) to Katherine. 708km's in 5 hours. Those 5 hours included stopping for petrol 3 times and for 30 mins to eat a meat pie smile.gif


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post Apr 15 2008, 09:05 AM
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Holy, I had no idea.... I wonder if it's the same in northern Canada. I will be there this summer, and I will report back...


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post Apr 15 2008, 03:47 PM
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all this talk of long distance driving in Australia / Canada...
.... is exactly why the Wright brothers invented airplanes!


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