Leaving Australia

Trip Start Jun 24, 2008
Trip End Oct 17, 2009

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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Wednesday, July 29, 2009

22/7. D day had arrived.

If no-one had bought the camper by now we had decided to pass it over to the sales yard up the road by mid week and leave for New Zealand.
No-one had, so we set about buying flights, renting a motorhome for the month to come and extended travel bookings on to Thailand and Indonesia.
On Monday I walked up the road to the sales yard and told them we would deliver the van on wednesday lunchtime so all was set.
Tuesday we cleared everything out of our home and gave it a thorough spring clean inside and out.
Wednesday we drove it the last few hundred metres and gave up the keys, signed the contract and headed for Brisbane town by train.
It was sad to leave our vehicle since, despite the earlier mechanical difficulties it had become a trusty and dependable home for us. It had taken us 16,750 miles right round the continent and through the red centre, through all 6 state capital cities and across plains, deserts and mountains. Apart from the one breakdown it never failed to get us where we wanted to go.
We'd paid $29,500 for it in Nov 08 at an exchange rate of $2.40/1 (12,300) and hope to sell at a return of $25,000 by a year later at an exchange rate of 1.84/1 (13,500). The net gain would offset the cost of maintenance so a true figure for devaluation should finish up at 1800 or just 15%.

We checked into a city centre hotel so to easily reach the airport early on the 30th to fly to Auckland. It was a relief to go after all the uncertainty of the last month but I was suprised on feeling sad to leave Australia.
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