Planning Page - The Big Trip Around Australia - Selling or Renting the House
The three kids were in their final year at Uni or working during the 6 months we were away on 'The Big Trip' in 2006. It was time to think about downsizing, and this holiday provided the opportunity to start moving in that direction. The house was too large for the three kids on their own especially with the added responsibility of looking after the 2100 sq m of yard, gardens and pool so they moved out with friends. We rented the house while away on the trip and sold it upon our return. Now we are trying unit living - a big change.
I think we are the only people living in a unit with a caravan in one of their garage spaces!
Planning - road trip buddies, vehicles and vans, where and when
If you have checked out the Do's and Don'ts for 4WD-ing on the 4WD page, then you will know that it is best not to 4WD on your own. A couple of our friends are keen to go on this trip too. Gary hopes to have wound up his current business by then and Karen will be ready for a job change so 6 months off works out well for them too. We have both recently purchased 4WDs and caravans - Jayco calls them camper trailers - the ones that popup from half way. Check out the 4WD page and Camper Trailer page for a run down on our choice of vehicles and vans.
Starting from Brisbane the best direction of travel is anti-clockwise leaving 11th April 2006 and returning mid October 2006. This way you travel through the hottest parts of Australia in the coolest months. You also avoid the busy Christmas holidays so bookings are not essential in most places.
We know that we will be visiting the more common tourist destinations en-route BUT also some of the more out-of-the-way and sometimes more impressive places that we have heard about. The best thing is not to have a strict itinerary because once you are on the road you run into people who have been to amazing places that you probably didn't know about before you left. You need to be flexible enough to fit these destinations into the trip. A good thing to keep track of is the School Holiday Dates as they will effect the accomodation available. Check out this site for the latest holiday dates in all states of Australia.
Where did we go? Show us on a Map - 2006 Great Aussie Road Trip
For great maps all around Australia with marked camping areas ranging from Free Camps to reasonably priced Caravan Parks and National Parks it is worth buying a copy of this book. Camps Australia - The ultimate guide for the budget conscious traveller. We referred to our copy every day of our round Australia trip in 2006.
Planning the itinerary
We traced a large map of Australia and pinned it to a board and each time we saw a place we like on 'Getaway' or 'The Great Outdoors' (and similar TV programs), we marked it on the map. By the time we were ready to go it was as easy as joining the dots! In fact the more we thought about it the more it seemed that 6 months was not going to be long enough to see it all.
Check out all the photos and stories from the Round Australia 2006 Trip.
Apart from knowing who was going (Cath & Pete, Karen & Gary), where we were going (anticlockwise around Australia starting in Brisbane), when we were going (Easter 06 - Oct 06), how we were going (4WD towing popup caravan) and why we were going (we love travelling & the freedom of a camping road trip), apart from all that, we didn't planning much more. Most of the initial action was on the 4WD and Camper Trailer/Caravan pages. During the trip there were updates on the Trips & Photos and Travel Map pages as we went to each different destination.
Food planning was no more than you would for a 2 week trip as we knew we would be in range of a shop quite regularly. We carried a few long life tinned and packet items that were kept for those unexpected times when shopping was not possible.
Clothes planning consisted of trying to cut back then cut back again! We only took things that didn't need ironing, didn't show the dirt much and that mixed and matched with other items of clothing. One winter outfit good enough to wear to a restaurant and one good summer outfit. Remember that nobody sees that you are wearing the same thing...again... when you are constantly on the move. Most places are pretty casual anyway. Even though we tried to keep it to a minimum we still took more than we needed.
Two sets of towels and sheets etc was enough. Take less than you think you will need as you can always buy if you have to.
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