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savvas 07-10-2012 06:45 AM

Suggestions for a 4 week trip out of Sydney
 
My wife and I were discussing an overseas trip for this time next year, possibly Europe. But then she started thinking maybe we can save some cash and do a 4 week road trip in Oz. (Yeehaaaa!!!! I love it when she thinks that she thinks of these things first.)

So I'm thinking either ...

Up the coast to Cape York, or

A combination of the Darling River Run from Bourke down to Wellington, then through Murray Sunset NP and across to the Flinders Ranges, or

Straight up the centre from Adelaide to Darwin, or ...

When you start looking at options for road travel in Australia, we're absolutely spoilt for choice.

I'd love to get up to the Kimberly but I'm not sure if 4 weeks is enough out of Sydney.

So guys, what do you think? Any good suggestions?

allypally 07-10-2012 07:22 AM

Re: Suggestions for a 4 week trip out of Sydney
 
Only 4 weeks, so forget the Kimberley.
Try:
Sydney - Dubbo - Cobar - Broken Hill - Pt Augusta - Woomera - Cooper Pedy - Ayres Rock -Olgas - Kings Canyon - Alice Springs - Devils Marbles - Tennant Creek - Mt Isa - Charters Towers - Townsville - Airlie Beach - Mackay - Rockhampton - Maroochydore - Rainbow Beach - Brisbane - Gold Coast - Byron Bay - Coffs Hbr - Newcastle - Sydney. 8512 klms / 85 hrs driving

ENFORCER 07-10-2012 05:48 PM

Re: Suggestions for a 4 week trip out of Sydney
 
East Coast up to Cairns. Great drive, still civilization along the way and less likely to hit animals. On the way back you can do the inland route and see places like Longreach, cooper peedey, etc. I had planned to do it back in 2000 when the Olympics were on, but ended up with too much work and could not go.

Jeeppleap 07-10-2012 06:55 PM

Re: Suggestions for a 4 week trip out of Sydney
 
I've pretty much done the drive Allypally suggested before (in three weeks - but with a few 1,000km+ driving days, which out there isn't too bad as there isn't much else to do between some locations) - awesome trip!
I would change it somewhat to go through the Flinders ranges instead of woomera and then take the oondadatta and pop out at Cooper Pedy. I also assume that the drive from Kings canyon to Alice, Allypally, would suggest going through the West Macdonald ranges.
You could also add some time on Fraser island on your way back (cut out some of the things between Bris and Sydney, which you can easily do over summer holiday one-two week breaks anyway). Also instead of going due east from Isa, you could come south east through Winton and Longreach (be a bit quicker), but if you do that you'd miss out on Airlie beach, and the real reason to go there - sailing around the Whitsundays. The sailing there could be worth a separate trip or flight, and unlike something like Uluru, doesn't gain from the drive (the sence of vastness you get after driving for days in the desert ads to Uluru in my mind). You'd want 5 days sailing minimun, plus if you got a yacht, your wife will have to be ok in pulling her weight (or get a power boat and no work needed).
There are so many awesome places in this country to see. I've done the loop, but didn't get into the Kimberley (wrong time of year when we got there), so that is on the cards still (definitely too much for four weeks from Sydney).

allypally 07-10-2012 09:30 PM

Re: Suggestions for a 4 week trip out of Sydney
 
"I would change it somewhat to go through the Flinders ranges instead of woomera and then take the oondadatta and pop out at Cooper Pedy. I also assume that the drive from Kings canyon to Alice, Allypally, would suggest going through the West Macdonald ranges."

Yep. Agree. The road from Kings Canyon to Alice is called the Mereenie Loop. It is a dirt road. The road from Oondadatta runs though what is known as the "painted desert". So there are 2 dirt road sections, with interesting topography on that route.

savvas 07-11-2012 06:35 AM

Re: Suggestions for a 4 week trip out of Sydney
 
Nice suggestions there gents. There is heaps of options.

I've got some thinking to do now.

allypally 07-11-2012 07:14 AM

Re: Suggestions for a 4 week trip out of Sydney
 
If you are considering the Broken Hill-Alice- Tennant Crk route, I have a spreadsheet with exact mileage and times. I even have another to Perth and back.

savvas 07-13-2012 06:39 AM

Re: Suggestions for a 4 week trip out of Sydney
 
Thanks for the suggestions gents. It looks like we have a plan. Early days yet but here's what it's looking like ...


Day
1 Sydney - Dubbo
2 Dubbo - Cobar - Broken Hill
3 Broken Hill region (Desert Sculptures, Silverton, etc)
4 Broken Hill - Flinders Ranges
5 Flinders Ranges
6 Flinders Ranges - Oodnadatta
7 Oodnadatta - Painted Desert - Coober Pedy
8 Coober Pedy
9 Coober Pedy - Uluru
10 Uluru
11 Uluru - The Olgas - Kings Canyon
12 Kings Canyon
13 Kings Canyon - Alice Springs (Mereenie Loop)
14 Alice Springs
15 Alice Springs - Devil's Marbles - Tennant Creek
16 Tennant Creek - Mt Isa
17 Mt Isa
18 Mt Isa - Longreach
19 Longreach
20 Longreach - Rockhampton
21 Rockhampton
22 Rockhampton - Bundaberg
23 Bundaberg - Rainbow Beach - Maroochydore
24 Maroochydore
25 Maroochydore - Byron Bay
26 Byron Bay - Sydney

Total 8468kms, with the longest single day of driving being about 800kms. Now to start working on the finer detail.

I also need ARB to pull their finger out and get some gear for the GC going.

savvas 07-13-2012 06:40 AM

Re: Suggestions for a 4 week trip out of Sydney
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by allypally (Post 654908)
If you are considering the Broken Hill-Alice- Tennant Crk route, I have a spreadsheet with exact mileage and times. I even have another to Perth and back.

Hi Ally,

I'll take you up on that one.

savvas 11-21-2012 12:55 AM

Re: Suggestions for a 4 week trip out of Sydney
 
After mulling this one around a lot, we have finally agreed and locked in our itinerary for June/July 2013. The trip will be -

1 Sydney - Dubbo
2 Dubbo - Cobar - Broken Hill
3 Broken Hill region (Desert Sculptures, Silverton, etc)
4 Broken Hill - Wilpena Pound
5 Touring around Flinders Ranges
6 Wilpena Pound - Leigh Creek
7 Leigh Creek - Lake Eyre (Halligan Bay)
8 Lake Eyre - Oodnadatta
9 Oodnadatta - Dalhousie Springs
10 Dalhousie Springs - Oodnadatta
11 Oodnadatta - Painted Desert - Coober Pedy
12 Look around Coober Pedy
13 Coober Pedy - Uluru
14 Uluru / Kata Tjuta
15 Uluru - Kings Canyon
16 Kings Canyon
17 Kings Canyon - Glen Helen Gorge via Red Centre Way
18 Glen Helen Gorge - Alice Springs
19 Alice Springs - Devil's Marbles - back to Wycliffe Well (see if we have any alien encounters here)
20 Wycliffe Well - Mt Isa
21 Mt Isa - Boulia
22 Boulia - Birdsville
23 Birdsville and day trip out to Big Red and Eyre Creek
24 Birdsville - Windorah
25 Windorah - Longreach
26 Longreach
27 Longreach - Charleville
28 Charleville - Bourke
29 Bourke - Dubbo
30 Dubbo - Home

Something like 8900kms, of which about 2600 will be unsealed roads and tracks. We will have 2 vehicles, my GC and a Prado 150. The Prado occupants will be tenting it, we will be renting a Johnno's camper trailer.

Now to lock in some of the other details ... like a BULLBAR!!!!

allypally 11-21-2012 02:54 AM

Re: Suggestions for a 4 week trip out of Sydney
 
Looks like a great trip. Gonna say hello to Studgun as you zoom through his township?
If you do... grab that Jetski

Studgun 11-21-2012 05:15 AM

And by zoom you mean drive at a speed equal to or less than the limit, right?


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