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 #76434  by cruisingmb
 Fri Jun 20, 2014 6:20 pm
Hi Guys & Gals,
we're planning to 'do the loop' around Australia next winter and beyond. Is anyone currently doing this or recently? WE'd love to hear from some experienced nomads and pick some brains on what to do and what not etc. We plan to take our time over a couple of years, coming back to N.Z in between to catch up with family etc.

We're planning to buy an off road caravan & tow vehicle over there and store them inbewteen visits. Any advice woud be welcome.

M& B. cruising
 #76435  by Derb
 Fri Jun 20, 2014 6:50 pm
Join Caravaners forum - Australia. Heaps of info freely given.
 #76438  by Nut17
 Fri Jun 20, 2014 7:39 pm
You are about to "Live my Dream" I still have not completely crossed it off our bucket list, but we have some health issues that will only get worse so our window of opportunity is shrinking :(

Enjoy your "Grey Nomad Loop" and keep up a blog on here so we can enjoy your travels.
 #76439  by Roamnz
 Fri Jun 20, 2014 7:44 pm
M & B you could start by reading The blog written by a forum member, Margaret-Sightseer,

Although they did the big loop 2005-07 much of what they experienced is relevant today, although one thing that is changing is the recognition of the benefits of CSC or over the ditch LNT, Leave No Trace.

Another good forum/website is and more geared towards off the black tarmac.

We did 88,000kms in 26 months around Oz 2004-06 with a Landcruiser and a 22ft off-road caravan, we had a fabulous time and met some great people.

A must for your travels will be the latest Camps Australia book and information, also available now as an ebook, see their website

Do your research well and you will have a wonderful time.
 #76501  by Alec
 Sat Jun 21, 2014 10:14 pm
Have sent you a PM
 #76578  by riverbend
 Mon Jun 23, 2014 11:21 am
Hi, We have just returned from 30 days in Australia. We hired a Maui 4 berth van and travelled Darwin to Broome,along coast to Geraldton, then inland to Kalgoorlie, down to Esperance and Albany then up to Perth. Travelled 7500kms. Went from 37C to 4C one morning. Will compile a posting as soon as I can get my head around it. An awesome experience showing us just a climps of the vastness of this country.
 #76591  by vansvilla
 Mon Jun 23, 2014 5:05 pm
Something worth considering is the relocation deals available. Godd for getting from one point to another at a very cheap rate, $5.00 a day is common, some will throw in some fuel.
Downside is that you need to be very flexible in your travels.
We used one to travel Darwin to Perth some years ago. A bit of a rush but saw a fair bit of country. Travelling is easy that way as traffic is negligible, high average speeds are possible as roads are in good condition and are usually pretty flat with only gentle curves. You are also restricted to sealed roads and some routes may be barred to you.
Extra days are also sometimes available if needed.
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