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How much would a Budget 4WD Trip cost us.

By Camping Girl / October 9, 2007 / 0 Comments
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I split costs into up front set-up costs and on-going on the road costs.Up front set-up costs Vehicle Costs The difference in vehicle purchase price and resale. Stamp Duty 2-3% of the car’s purchase price Insurance allow say $300 pa and bring evidence of your claim history. Registration varies between states but can be up…

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How to Carry Your Money on the Road

By Camping Girl / October 8, 2007 / 0 Comments
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One of the issues buying a vehicle brings up is how to transfer a reasonably large amount of cash to Australia, even if you hope to get most of that cash back at the end of the trip. The cheapest way to large amounts of money internationally is to pay a set fee per a…

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Which cities to fly into and out of Australia from

By Camping Girl / October 7, 2007 / 0 Comments
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The vast majority of visitors arrive and depart Sydney. This is not always the best idea, particularly if your trip won’t bring you back to Sydney. Finishing a trip in Perth only to fly back to Sydney to fly to Singapore means a 4 hour flight to Sydney to take a 8hr flight to Singapore…

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Staying at Commercial Camp Grounds

By Camping Girl / October 6, 2007 / 0 Comments
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Note you don’t even need a tent to use these – they can be a very good deal if you are staying in cabin or similar accommodation. We often found as a couple that we could get a cabin for the same price as a double room in a hostel complete with our own TV…

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10 Things You Need to Know about Outback Travel

By Camping Girl / October 4, 2007 / 0 Comments
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Driving in the outback of Australia is a lot different from driving on the east coast or any of the main highways. The key difference is you may go days without seeing another vehicle and longer if its not tourist season or you aren’t on a main road . There are some universal rules which…

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Planning a 4WD Trip Around Australia in 5 Easy Steps

By Camping Girl / October 3, 2007 / 0 Comments
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How to plan a big trip may be daunting – but essentially can be broken down to a few simple steps. Working out where approximately you want to go is one of the first things to do. If your list only extends to a quick trip down the coast from Cairns to Sydney, then you…

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Welcome to Budget 4WD Travel

By Camping Girl / October 2, 2007 / 0 Comments
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Well I hope not! Having just traveled over 30,000km in Australia including many of the iconic four wheel drive (4WD) tracks I thought we had picked up some useful tips on how to do the trip without spending a fortune. We spent about A$10,000 setting ourselves up with 1985 Landcruiser plus A$1,000 of camping gear,…

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Independent Travel: Ballyvaughan to Cork

By Elisabeth Sowerbutts / April 26, 2004 / 0 Comments
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First we went to the Barren Experience Centre – audio visual show at €5/person which was a good introduction to the neolithic stone tombs of the area and the limestone karst geology that made them possible. A few wild flowers were out and it was remote and beautiful in the area. Then we drove over…

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Bell Gorge, WA

Independent Travel: Galway to Ballyvaughan via Corcomroe

By Elisabeth Sowerbutts / April 22, 2004 / 0 Comments
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Weather a lot drier and warmer today. We drove the loop around Corcomoroe. Stopped at Kylenoc (sp?) house €10 to see the grounds and the house – hardly worth it. But they did have a nice gift shop – I bought a jade dolphin to add to the collection – and they tried to charge…

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Adding a deck and spa pool off the living room

Independent Travel:Dingle – Galloway

By Elisabeth Sowerbutts / April 21, 2004 / 0 Comments
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The weather turned nasty so our attempt at long distance walking ended in failure. Its interesting compared to the UK Ireland is really not set up for walking. The concept of common ways doesn’t exist in Irish law and tracks seem very poorly marked – you really need to have the detailed topo maps –…

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