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Old 01-10-2012, 05:43 AM
 
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Were looking at driving our way aroud Australia, starting in Darwin and ending up in Perth (going along the east coast). Were looking up problems that may occur, with roads etc but not getting anywhere, does anyone have any advice or has ever done this?

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Old 01-10-2012, 06:01 AM
 
Location: New York
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We've done a bit of the trip. not all the way around, we drove Cairns Brrisband and then Sydney to Adelaide.... we flew to Perth and Ayres Rock as we decided there wouldn't be much to see in-between Adalaide and Perth to make it worth driving.....I'm not sure what problems would occur. we didn't have any apart from speeding tickets
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Old 01-11-2012, 10:48 PM
 
Location: Brisbane
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Were looking at driving our way aroud Australia, starting in Darwin and ending up in Perth (going along the east coast). Were looking up problems that may occur, with roads etc but not getting anywhere, does anyone have any advice or has ever done this?

Cheers!!
Unless you plan on using the Sandy tracks off the major tourist routes, the biggest problem you will have are Kangaroos and Camels running out in front of you, and the odd flooded road if you happen to be in the North During the Wet sesaon (December to April). Take an extra Jerry Can of Fuel, and some water if you want, and make sure your mobile (cell) phone is able to access telstras network, they are the most expensive providor but the only one your going to get a consistant and reliable coverage from all over the country.

If you plan on going way off the beaten path or are not really sure what your doing (like driving from cooktown to the tip of the cape, or driving along the canning stock route) its best to get advice from the local police before starting out.

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Old 01-12-2012, 08:33 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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I assume you're not doing the Perth to Darwin segment? You might as well go the whole way round, WA should not be missed. Some of the most remote, beautiful scenery in the country with plenty of opportunity to do some fun stuff! What are you travelling in? A regular car, 4WD/SUV, caravan, campervan, winnebago? I've gone road Oz by road, by various means (driving half the distance) so if you need detailed advice about your itinerary/places/practicalities let me know.
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Old 01-12-2012, 10:23 AM
 
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I've heard that Perth to Darwin can only be driven easily during certain times of the year, is that true?
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Old 01-12-2012, 10:40 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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I've heard that Perth to Darwin can only be driven easily during certain times of the year, is that true?
Floods during the 'Wet' from about late November to March often do close roads. There is only one sealed road going through the Kimberley - that's National Highway No. 1, portions of the Great Northern Highway and Victoria Highway. From Port Hedland going south you have two options - the Great Northern going inland and the coastal route. The rivers up north often swell up during the Wet, so pay close attention to weather forecasts. It's definitely doable, but just be aware of that possibility and have a back-up plan. It would be preferable to do this leg of the trip outside the Wet, preferably in the winter months.
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