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11. Posted by Nicip (Full Member 112 posts) 9y

No problem
Have a great time

12. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5597 posts) 9y

Quoting lawlaw

thanks for your post, I am most wanting to do the west coast and the husbad really wants to see the centre. When you say rains? How much rain are we talking about? enough to put you off going to these places or just that a campervan would be better?

I need to end up in Perth as we intend to fly back to the UK from there.

Hardly any real problems you are likely to face. Actually, the top end (darwin and surroundings) have much more rain than for example more south around Broome. And rains start later as well, only from December onwards. Just to say that (with the current climatical changes) there could be some tropical showers with occasional floodings, but if driving west a bit north from Tennant creek and avoiding going north late November onwards, you are probably fine.

13. Posted by Carl_1970 (Budding Member 16 posts) 9y

Hi Lawlaw

When you say rains? How much rain are we talking about? enough to put you off going to these places or just that a campervan would be better?

It is important that you understand what is meant by "rains" We are not talking about rain that will make your time a bit less pleasant than if it was sunny. We're talking about tropical storms, and flooding that prevents you from travelling anywhere at all for days, even a week. With that in mind, you should re-read the advice given to you by Utrecht. As he/she says, you probably shouldn't have a problem, based on when you're going, but you don't say when you plan to leave other than "in October" If it is late october, and the rains come early, then you may get into some trouble. Either way, you need to be prepared, just in case (i.e. have plenty of water and some "emergency" rations in case you get stuck between towns).

A few other comments...

yes, it will be hot, and humid as well.

personally, I would take 3 months to do the distance you're talking about, but I like to linger. Other people have said it is heaps of time (see above). If you won't be staying two nights in the same place then 8 or nine weeks should be enough.

You mention buying a "cheep vehicle" If you get a cheep vehicle (whether its a 4x4, camper, or just a car) make sure the mechanicals are in really good condition. Get it checked by the local NRMA/RAC or a mechanic who knows you're planning on going for a long trip in hot dusty conditions, and consider carrying a few basic spare parts (like a fan belt for example)

car/4x4/camper... its up to you really. Do you want to sleep in it every / most nights? do you want to go off the beaten track?

and finally, you should have a ball. I wish I could come... Enjoy it!

14. Posted by jasonh2015 (Full Member 156 posts) 9y

Nicip did you have to get insurance? and where you able to use your UK licence, im mean all EU ones are international, so i cant see a reason why not, but thought i would ask. Camper van is looking good :)

15. Posted by Nicip (Full Member 112 posts) 9y

Hi Jason

Yep got insurance. Other there it comes in form of a 'green slip'
Quite easy to get, get the vehicly checked out by a mechanic and get a 'pink slip'

So once the vehicle is sound and youve got the pink slip, then you get the green slip which is the insurance and ure off.

paid for 6 months worth of insurance in one go before we left, wasnt expensive. (there is an office in sydney that deals with it)

Yes UK licence no problems.

Got stopped loads of times for random breath tests and things like that and they always checked my license. Never asked for any other documents.


16. Posted by jasonh2015 (Full Member 156 posts) 9y

thanks for the info, another idea to add to the list :)

17. Posted by lawlaw (Budding Member 33 posts) 9y

Thanks for all the information guys, really fantastic stuff. I reckon we will hire a camper (even though may work out more expensive) As cant be bothered with the hassle of flogging a vehicle and camping gear once we get to Perth.

Im off to Kakadu in 2 weeks so I will be sure to post my thoughts.

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