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Queensland trip summary... Sat 24 Sep - Sun 30 Oct (5 weeks). Taking in Great Central road, Ayers rock, Alice Springs, Plenty Highway, Fraser Island, Goldcoast (theme parks), Sydney, Blue mountains, Bathurst, Canberra, Snowy mountain hwy, Alpine Hwy, Melbourne, Great Ocean road, Adelaide, Barossa Valley, Nullarbor plain. Our biggest trip to date, covering nearly 12000k. We will be travelling on a budget, so camping and caravan parks most of the way.

This trip is now CLOSED to more participants, as nearly a year of planning has been done, and it is simply too late for any
late entrants to prepare adequately for such a big trip, given that the launch date is fast approaching.

Participants:
Club member Family members Vehicle Trailer Status
Skip Andrea, Sarah, Nicole Toyota Hilux turbo-diesel Quality camper off-road Confirmed
Rainman Christine, Lewis, Sarah Toyotal Hilux surf turbo-diesel Quality camper off-road Confirmed
Chups Nicky, Amber, Tegan, Leo Mitsubishi V6 Petrol Wandering-Star off-road Confirmed
Pommy Sue, Aaron, Penny, Sally Nissan Patrol 6cyl Petrol / Gas Jayco Dove Not-confirmed

Vehicle requirements: As we will be travelling through some very remote country on the Plenty hwy, all vehicles will need to carry plenty of spare parts, lots of extra fuel, plenty of water, and at least 2 spare tyres and a tyre repair kits. Trailers / Camper trailers can be towed on this trip, but it is essential that they are heavy duty off-road trailers, with adequate spare tyres etc. We recommend that the trailer wheels and tyres are interchangeable with the vehicle's. You will need adequate food and first aide supplies. Skip will have his CDMA phone with car antenna, and will also be carrying an EPIRB. We have decided not to hire a Sat phone or RFDS radio, as the only remote driving we will be doing is the Great Central rd, and the Plenty Hwy, which both have regular traffic on them now-a-days.

Trip Itinerary ... Desert tracks on the way over, and return via Nullarbor ...

Queensland 2005 trip    Revised 24 July File ref:  docs/queensland2005.xls Fuel Economy (L/100K): 15    
            Fuel Price per Litre: $1.45    
Day Date Day Start odo K's /day End odo Traveling details Camping details Fuel Cost Event cost Accom cost
1 24-Sep-2005 Sat 0 958 958 Driving from Perth to Laverton (possibly departing Friday night and camping near Yellowdine, about 300K's from Perth) Bush camp just passed Laverton $208    
2 25-Sep-2005 Sun 958 565 1523 Driving from Laverton to Warburton on Great Central rd (all dirt) Bush camp near Warburton $123    
3 26-Sep-2005 Mon 1523 519 2042 Driving from Warburton to Olgas (all dirt) Bush camp just before Olgas $113    
4 27-Sep-2005 Tue 2042 42 2084 Early start, Explore Olgas and Ayers rock, and watching sunset over Ayers rock. Yulara campground 08 8957 7001, fax: 08 8957 7004 Night setup at Yalara Caravan park $9   $30
5 28-Sep-2005 Wed 2084 515 2599 Drive to Chambers Pillar, 153k on rough track Bush camp at Chambers Pillar $112    
6 29-Sep-2005 Thu 2599 316 2915 Drive to Alice (136k on dirt), get supplies, then head for Plenty hwy Bush camp near Harts Range $69    
7 30-Sep-2005 Fri 2915 551 3466 Drive on Plenty Hwy from Harts Ranger to Tobermorey (all dirt) Bush camp near Tobermory $120    
8 1-Oct-2005 Sat 3466 602 4068 Drive on Donohue Hwy via Boulia to Winton (242 on dirt) Caravan park at Winton $131   $30
9 2-Oct-2005 Sun 4068 611 4679 Drive from Winton via Longreach, Barcaldine, Emerald to Lake Maraboon Caravan part at Lake Maraboon $133   $30
10 3-Oct-2005 Mon 4679 559 5238 Drive from Lake Maraboon via Blackdown and Rockhampton to Bundaberg Caravan park in Bundaberg $122 $29
tour
$24
11 4-Oct-2005 Tue 5238 125 5363 Tour Bundaberg distillery &drive South and take barge to Fraser island
(barge Skipper: 0418 872 599 or ( 07) 5486 8600, from Inskip bay to Hook point)
Campgrounds at Fraser Island's Cathedral Beach $27 $95
barge
$24
12 5-Oct-2005 Wed 5363 90 5453 Exploring Fraser island - North Campgrounds at Fraser Island's Cathedral Beach $20   $24
13 6-Oct-2005 Thu 5453 120 5573 Exploring Fraser island - South Campgrounds at Fraser Island's Cathedral Beach $26   $30
14 7-Oct-2005 Fri 5573 270 5843 Drive from Fraser Island to Gold Coast, via Noosa heads & Brisbane Caravan park at Goldcoast. Skip to stay at friends place for 6 nights. $59   $30
15 8-Oct-2005 Sat 5843 30 5873 Theme park 1 (Dreamworld) Caravan park at Goldcoast $7 $150 $30
16 9-Oct-2005 Sun 5873 30 5903 Theme park 2 (Movie world) Caravan park at Goldcoast $7 $150 $30
17 10-Oct-2005 Mon 5903 30 5933 Mount tambarine / lookouts / rain-forrest walk Caravan park at Goldcoast $7   $30
18 11-Oct-2005 Tue 5933 30 5963 Theme part 3 (Sea World) - Chups to depart to visit Nicki's family. Caravan park at Goldcoast $7 $150 $30
19 12-Oct-2005 Wed 5963 90 6053 Free Day Caravan park at Goldcoast $20   $35
20 13-Oct-2005 Thu 6053 356 6409 Driving south to Coffs Harbour via Byron bay, Grafton Caravan park at Coffs Harbour $77   $35
21 14-Oct-2005 Fri 6409 396 6805 Driving south to Hawks Nest via Forster Tuncurry Caravan park at Hawks Nest $86   $35
22 15-Oct-2005 Sat 6805 238 7043 Driving south towards Sydney via Swansea. Stay in East Ocean Beach caravan park for 2 nights (1800611522) East Ocean Beach caravan park, north of Sydney $52   $44
23 16-Oct-2005 Sun 7043 75 7118 Explore Sydney via train, ferry etc, including darling harbour, opera house, centerpoint tower, circular quay etc) East Ocean Beach caravan park, north of Sydney $16 $40
(ferry &train)
$44
24 17-Oct-2005 Mon 7118 140 7258 Drive from Sydney to Katoomba and explore blue mountains. Chups to re-join convoy. Caravan park in Katoomba $30   $35
25 18-Oct-2005 Tue 7258 378 7636 Drive from Katoomba via Bathurst & Goulburn to Canberra Caravan park in Canberra $82   $35
26 19-Oct-2005 Wed 7636 50 7686 Explore Canberra Caravan park in Canberra $11   $35
27 20-Oct-2005 Thu 7686 418 8104 Drive from Canberra to Perisher via Monaco hwy, Snowy Mountain hwy, Alpine way Camp near snow at Perisher caravan park / Jindabine $91   $50
28 21-Oct-2005 Fri 8104 129 8233 Play in snow. Drive from Perisher to Seldon seen Bush camp near Seldon Seen roadhouse $28    
29 22-Oct-2005 Sat 8233 423 8656 Drive from Seldon seen to Melbourne Caravan park in/near Melbourne $92   $40
30 23-Oct-2005 Sun 8656 210 8866 Drive from Melbourne to Otway via Princess hwy and Great Ocean rd Bush camp in Otway national park $46    
31 24-Oct-2005 Mon 8866 427 9293 Drive from Otway to Mount Gambier via Great Ocean rd, Princess hwy and then Nelson Caravan part in Mount Gambier $93   $35
32 25-Oct-2005 Tue 9293 552 9845 Drive from Mount Gambier to Nuriootpa via Adelaide Caravan park in Nuriootpa $120   $35
33 26-Oct-2005 Wed 9845 50 9895 Explore Barossa Caravan park in Nuriootpa $11   $35
34 27-Oct-2005 Thu 9895 567 10462 Driving from Nuriootpa to Kyancutta Bush camp near Kyancutta $123    
35 28-Oct-2005 Fri 10462 717 11179 Driving from Kyancutta to Eucla Bush camp near Eucla $156    
36 29-Oct-2005 Sat 11179 713 11892 Driving from Eucla to Norsman on Eyre hwy Bush camp near Norsman $155    
37 30-Oct-2005 Sun 11892 725 12617 Drive from Noresman to Perth Nice cosy bed! $158    
                   
            TOTALS $2,744 $550 $777
                   
            TOTAL TRIP COST: $4,071    

Updated 1 Dec 2005