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Old 11-21-2012, 05:18 AM
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Devils Marbles are cool.

Stay at the Outback Caravan Park in Tennant Creek. The other one, Tennant Creek Caravan Park, is a bit shit and is next door to the 24hr BP so there's constant foot traffic past and sometimes through it. Also, don't eat Rocky's pizza. The Memorial Club or Woks Up would be my pick.


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Old 11-21-2012, 06:03 AM
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Re: Suggestions for a 4 week trip out of Sydney

Of course officer, it will be a totally legal zoom. It goes without saying that I'd want to say hi to Studgun so will set that up as we get closer.

Thanks for the tips too. Its always good to get first hand info.
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Old 11-22-2012, 04:34 PM
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Re: Suggestions for a 4 week trip out of Sydney

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Tennant Creek Caravan Park, is a bit shit and is next door to the 24hr BP so there's constant foot traffic past and sometimes through it.
Can vouch for that...............spent 1 night there and that was enough..
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:58 PM
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Re: Suggestions for a 4 week trip out of Sydney

Even the best made plans can be shattered with one piece of news.

Looks like my daughter will be getting married this year, therefore will need to put this trip off. Dont get me wrong, I'm thrilled she's getting married. But dammit I was looking forward to this too.

I'm feeling like Steve Martin in "Father of the Bride" meets "Big Fat Greek Wedding".
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Re: Suggestions for a 4 week trip out of Sydney

It'll all still be there......when the bank balance recovers.
For fine detail don't miss the Desert Park in Alice, or the Stockmans Hall of Fame and Quantas in Longreach.
You'll have a bit more time to accumulate information.
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Re: Suggestions for a 4 week trip out of Sydney

What a shame. Are you sure she is really your daughter? It is not too late to deny all relationship and duck out the backdoor and head for the hills. Think of the money you would save. Alternatively, you could encourage her to elope, and share the honeymoon with you on the trip.
Damn. I was really looking forward to your photos.
Maybe I could do the trip for you?
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Old 01-16-2013, 06:30 AM
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It's okay, Savvas, you don't have to do that big trip just to see me, I'm in Sydney. Wish I'd brought the Jeep. I'm driving the gf's old 4 cylinder Sportage; and people complain about the V6 WK being underpowered. Apparently I'm buying her a Wrangler soon though. Hmm...


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Re: Suggestions for a 4 week trip out of Sydney

Wow, sounds like that would be a spectacular trip, too bad about the daughter getting married.

Questions from a novice, how much experience at 4WDing do you need to complete a trip like that? What minimum set up in a GC would you need?

Looking to splash out on a MY14 GC and was wondering what minimum set up that I would need. Was going to get a loaded Ltd but thinking of just buying the Overland. I've already taken the advice of many on here, so it will be a CRD. What is the availability of diesel in remote areas?

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Re: Suggestions for a 4 week trip out of Sydney

Diesel is more readily available than petrol in the outback, so diesel is definitely the way to go if looking at that sort of touring. Especially when you get the longer range with diesel.
The Jeep GC does not need much special setting up to go bush. You might look at tyres, possibly a long range fuel tank if towing anything heavy, and an appertite to explore. If you are really venturing into the bush, you should consider the additions of recovery winch and suitable survival gear. The most common addition is to tour with another companion when going into remote areas.
The Jeep itself is a quite capable rig.
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Re: Suggestions for a 4 week trip out of Sydney

Thanks allypally,

When you say companion, do you mean another person or another vehicle? Also remote, those dirt tracks that have been spoken of, are they considered remote?

Thinking of doing a course to get the skills up, does anyone have a recommendation in the Sydney area?

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Wow, sounds like that would be a spectacular trip, too bad about the daughter getting married.

Questions from a novice, how much experience at 4WDing do you need to complete a trip like that? What minimum set up in a GC would you need?

Looking to splash out on a MY14 GC and was wondering what minimum set up that I would need. Was going to get a loaded Ltd but thinking of just buying the Overland. I've already taken the advice of many on here, so it will be a CRD. What is the availability of diesel in remote areas?

Cheers.
We've got a Laredo CRD, QL, Yokohama AT tyres, side steps, UHF radio and a few other bits - ours would be ready to do that trip now. (We've had 7 previous Patrols and done lots of this country over the years).
Most of it is on bitumen, (some pretty poor bitumen), and dirt (that can be graded the week before you travel, or not since years).
Good all terrain tyres will cope with the surfaces (don't go on the standard tyres, they won't handle the rocks) and the side steps will stop a bit of the gravel rash up the sides and rear quarter.
A tyre pressure gauge and quality compressor will allow you to modify tyre pressure to suit conditions, and will be the best 4wd accessory you will purchase.
UHF (even handheld) will allow limited local contact - 3g coverage will mostly be there around the towns, but shouldn't be relied on. Sat phone would add to the security blanket if not in company with another vehicle.
You could add lots of other goodies depending on your wallet and space available. Food and water should be on board in any event, plus basic recovery gear - fit a front recovery point before you go.
All of those places are regularly travelled and in fact one of the biggest hazards will be rocks thrown at your windscreen from other vehicles who are doing a similar loop but in 5 days out of Sydney or Melbourne!
A 4WD training course would be a great start and amaze you at what the vehicle is actually capable of. Perhaps contact the 4WD association of NSW and ACT for their recommendation on DT or clubs that will provide professional standard DT. Four Wheel Drive - NSW & ACT Inc
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