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Planning the Big Lap

We are busy planning this trip around Australia that will commence in March 2012. It will be a 40,000 km trip through all states, including Tasmania, with a Toyota Landcruiser and a Quantum off-road trailer/caravan and it will take us about 15 months to complete.

We are now doing the final preparations and plan to start the Big Lap from Perth on 18 March 2012. We will update the blog with reports and photos, and hopefully with live tracking, as we progress

We are planning to visit all the corners, center and states/territories of Australia and camp in or visit the following places:

Fremantle, Perth, WA
Principality of Hutt River
Carnavon, WA
Cape Range National Park, WA
Exmouth, WA
Nanutarra Roadhouse, WA
Karijini National Park, WA
Millstream Chichester National Park, WA
Dampier, WA
Barrup Peninsula, WA
Cossack & Roebourne, WA
Port Hedland, WA
Eighty Mile Beach, WA
Broome, WA
Middle Lagoon (Dampier Peninsula), WA
Cape Leveque, WA
Derby, WA
King Leopold Ranges Conservation Park, WA
Drysdale River Station (Kimberley), WA
Mitchell River National Park, WA
Honeymoon Bay (Kalumburu), WA
Drysdale River Station (Kimberley), WA
Home Valley (East Kimberley), WA
Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungle), WA
Wyndham, WA
Keep River National Park, NT
Gregory National Park, NT
Nitmiluk National Park, NT
Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Spring Park, NT
Litchfield National Park, NT
Darwin, NT
Kakadu National Park, NT
Mataranka (Elsey National Park), NT
Daly Waters, NT
Devils Marbles, NT
Alice Springs, NT
West MacDonnell National Park, NT
Watarrka National Park, NT
Uluru, NT
NT-SA Border
Coober Pedy, SA
William Creek, SA
Lake Eyre, SA
Marree, SA
Vulkathuna Gammon Ranges National Park, SA
Innamincka, SA
Planet Downs Outstation, QLD
Birdsville, QLD
Simpson Desert, QLD
Boulia, QLD
Mount Isa, QLD
Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park, QLD
Burketown, QLD
Riversleigh Fossil Site, QLD
Karumba, QLD
Mitchell River (Highbury), QLD
Musgrave Roadhouse, QLD
Archer River Roadhouse, QLD
Jardine River National Park (Elliot Falls), QLD
Punsand Bay (Cape York), QLD
Jardine River National Park (Captain Billy), QLD
Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park, QLD
Coen, QLD
Lakefield National Park, QLD
Cooktown, QLD
Cape Tribulation, Daintree National Park, QLD
Port Douglas, QLd
Cairns, QLD
Kuranda, QLD
Lake Eacham and Lake Tinnaroo, QLD
Wooroonooran National Park, QLD
Mission Beach, QLD
Townsville, QLD
Ayr, QLd
Airlie Beach, Whitsunday, QLD
Eungella National Park, QLD
Finch Hatton Gorge, QLD
Mackay, QLD
Byfield National Park, QLD
Seventeen Seventy, QLD
Rockhampton, QLD
Great Sandy National Park, Fraser Island, QLD
Noosa, QLD
Brisbane, QLD
Gold Coast, QLD
Bundjalung National Park, NSW
Ballina, NSW
Byron Bay, NSW
Yuraygir National Park, NSW
Hat Head National Park, NSW
Port Macquarie, NSW
Booti Booti National Park, NSW
Blue Mountains National Park, NSW
Sydney, NSW
Booderee National Park, NSW
Namadgi National Park, ACT
Canberra, ACT
Kosciuszko National Park, NSW
Wangaratta, VIC
Glenrowan, VIC
Mt Buffalo National Park, VIC
Bright, VIC
Alpine National Park, VIC
Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park, VIC
Wilsons Prom Marine Park, VIC
Melbourne, VIC
Devonport, TAS
Burnie, TAS
Stanley, TAS
Arthur River, TAS
Corinna, TAS
Strahan, TAS
Lake St Clair National Park, TAS
Great Lake, TAS
Mount Field National Park, TAS
South West National Park, TAS
Tahune, TAS
New Norfolk, TAS
South Bruny National Park (Bruny Island), TAS
Hobart, TAS
Mt Wellington, TAS
Fortesque Bay, Tasman National Park, TAS
Port Arthur, TAS
Freycinet National Park, TAS
Bicheno, TAS
St Helens, TAS
Bay of Fires, TAS
Mount William National Park, TAS
Launceston, TAS
Lake Rowallan, Walls of Jerusalem, TAS
Cradle Mountain National Park, TAS
Devonport, TAS
Melbourne, VIC
Great Otway National Park, VIC
Port Cambell, VIC
Port Fairy, VIC
Mount Eccles National Park, VIC
Lower Glenelg National Park, VIC
Mount Gambier, SA
Little Dip Conservation Park, SA
Coorong National Park, SA
Newland Head Conservation Park, SA
Kingscote (Kangaroo Island), SA
Flinders Chase NP (Kangaroo Island), SA
Adelaide, SA
Hahndorf & Barossa Valley, SA
Innes National Park, SA
Mt Remarkable National Park, SA
Flinders Ranges National Park, SA
Port Augusta, SA
Port Lowly, SA
Tumby Bay, SA
Port Lincoln, SA
Lincoln National Park, SA
Coffin Bay National Park, SA
Venus Bay, SA
Baird Bay, SA
Streaky Bay, SA
Gawler Ranges National Park, SA
Mt. Ive Station, SA
Lake Gairdiner, SA
Ceduna, SA
Fowler's Bay, SA
Nullarbor National Park, SA
Nuytsland Nature Reserve (Eyre), WA
Cape Arid National Park, WA
Esperance, WA
Fitzgerald River National Park, WA
Stirling Range National Park, WA
Walpole-Nornalup National Park, WA
Albany, WA
D'Estrecastaux National Park, WA
Port Augusta & Cape Leeuwin, WA
Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, WA
Margaret River, WA
Yallingup, WA
Fremantle, Perth, WA

Our equipment will consist of:

Toyota Land Cruiser 200 VX Turbo Diesel equipped with:
• Steel bull bar, 9000lb superwinch & ARB IPF900XS spot lights
• 3500kg tow bar
• Old Man Emu suspension and GVM upgrade
• Outback Solutions cargo drawer system and fridge slide for recovery gear, tools, spares and fridge/freezer
• 80L Evakool fridge/freezer
• ARB CKMA12 Onboard compressor
• ARB Third battery system
• Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Electric brake controller
• ARB Safari snorkel
• VMS 7558 in-dash satellite navigation for road and 4WD tracks, with dual reversing cameras for the Land Cruiser and Quantum
• UHF radio
• Satellite phone with Wi-Fi capabilities for emergency e-mails sent by satellite
• Thule roof rack and roof pod

Australian Off Road Campers, Quantum Off Road Supercamper with annex, equipped with:
• AORC independent trailing arm suspension & four EFS Off Road shocks
• 18” Alloy rims and 285/60R18 Cooper ATR Zeon LTZ tyres to match the LandCruiser
• 2 x 140L food grade poly water tanks plus 2 x 20L jerry cans
• 2 X 120W Solar panels
• 2 x 120amp hour marine deep cycle batteries with 25 amp 7 stage battery charger
• 150W pure sine inverter
• Airconditioner
• 82L Evakool fridge/freezer
• Novasat Satellite dish with Fusion Marine HD LCD TV/DVD
• 4G Mobile broadband and WiFi
• Hot/cold internal shower with vacuum flush marine toilet with removable cassette
• 2KVA Honda generator
• 2 x 20L Jerry cans for diesel and petrol
• Queen size bed with quality 8” inner spring mattress
• Full stainless steel external kitchen with pantry, 3 burner gas stove and sink with hot/cold tap

Posted by KobusM 09:10

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Hey Kobus and Lorraine,

I wish you a great trip, which I will follow-up day to day.

Keep out of the wets, and remember the place "rainbow valley" when you get to Alice Springs, not sure you will get the trailer up, but it's definitely worth to get there.

Paul (Frigne)

by Paul Frigne

Hallo julle twee! (Luvi, google translate, this way you will always be reminded about Sweden:)

Jason het laat weet julle is veilig, nou begin die groot opwinding. Hoop hierdie paar dae voor "D-date" verloop goed. Julle bly in ons gebede, gedagtes en harte.

Almal hier in die Noorde stuur liefde vir julle doer in die Suide.

by Kylou

Hope you arrived safely in Perth and that the car and all equipment waited for you there.

Good luck with your great adventure!

by ullariis

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