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    Default Not in Africa, however a report on our Australia trip.

    We spent 10 months in Australia, taking our vehicle with us and shipping it home again at the end of the trip.We were in Australia – 281 nights / 282 days, drove
    44,164 Km in 260 days in our own vehicle, and 46,431 Km overall in Australia.

    We found a lot of similarities between travelling in Australia (particularly in the outback) and travelling Southern Africa, although there were some obvious differences as well. Seeing a 70 series LC with an "offroad" trailer in the Simpson Desert, one might easily think it was in the Central Kalahari.

    The blog is at www.discoverthedreaming.blogspot.com (posts in both English and Spanish) for anyone interested.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alannymarce View Post
    We spent 10 months in Australia, taking our vehicle with us and shipping it home again at the end of the trip.We .
    Nice. Any issues with the temporary import of the vehicle, or procedure?
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    Any way you can copy and post the trip report here please?
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    Quote Originally Posted by EHoffmann View Post
    Any way you can copy and post the trip report here please?
    +1

    I get a privacy concern error when trying the link.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalahari Safari View Post
    +1

    I get a privacy concern error when trying the link.
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    Default Re: Not in Africa, however a report on our Australia trip.

    ditto.

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    Default Re: Not in Africa, however a report on our Australia trip.

    "Any issues with the temporary import of the vehicle, or procedure?"

    No - we took out a carnet de pasages en douane with the Colombian Automobile Club, sent it to the shipping agent in Brisbane (Colless Young) and they cleared the entry with Customs. We did a very good cleaning of the vehicle before shipping and did not have to get it fumigated on clearance, which was a surprise (everyone had told us that this was inevitable). Everything fine.

    I'll try posting some of the report here. The blog is 53 posts with lots of photos so I'll post a brief summary. Here's the link to the last post - I hope this will work better: https://discoverthedreaming.blogspot.com/2020/03/

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    Default Re: Not in Africa, however a report on our Australia trip.

    Quote Originally Posted by alannymarce View Post
    "Any issues with the temporary import of the vehicle, or procedure?"

    No - we took out a carnet de pasages en douane with the Colombian Automobile Club, sent it to the shipping agent in Brisbane (Colless Young) and they cleared the entry with Customs. We did a very good cleaning of the vehicle before shipping and did not have to get it fumigated on clearance, which was a surprise (everyone had told us that this was inevitable). Everything fine.

    I'll try posting some of the report here. The blog is 53 posts with lots of photos so I'll post a brief summary. Here's the link to the last post - I hope this will work better: https://discoverthedreaming.blogspot.com/2020/03/
    thanks - it works - now to go read!
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    The statistics:

    Travelling:

    In Australia – 281 nights / 282 days

    Overall – 323 nights / 324 days (we spent 4 nights in the UK on the way to Australia, and on the way back spent time in Singapore (3 nights), Cambodia (9 nights), Laos (11 nights), Singapore (3 nights), and the UK (7 nights)).

    Kilometres driven:

    Total distance in our Montero: 44,164 Km in 260 days - Average 169 Km/day

    Plus 605 Km in a UK rental, 504 Km in a Brisbane rental, 384 Km in a Hobart rental, 1032 Km in a second Brisbane rental (these three while awaiting delivery of our Montero), 252 Km in another Hobart rental (a short visit to Tasmania), 95 Km in a Port Lincoln rental (during windscreen replacement), and 590 Km in a UK rental on the way home. A total of 3462 Km in rental vehicles, of which 2267 Km were in rentals in Australia.

    Total distance driven in Australia (including rentals) 46,431 Km in 281 days

    Total distance driven on the trip 47,626 Km in 323 days

    Fuel consumption:

    Total fuel in the Montero: 7382 L

    Fuel consumption:

    - Average 16.71 L/100 Km
    - Lowest 10.01 L/100 Km (Nullarbor at 80 Km/h)
    - Highest 22.35 L/100 Km (Simpson Desert crossing) – 33% higher than average

    Fuel cost (estimated) AUD 12,180.00 (USD 8190.00)

    Ferries: multiple ferries ranging from simple wire-guided river ferries to the Spirit of Tasmania. Note that we also made a lot of river crossings in the Montero.

    Air travel: We travelled by air to Hobart and back from Brisbane and from Adelaide, connecting four times in Melbourne. In addition we made flights from Broome to Mitchell Plateau and back. Going to Australia we flew Bogotá-London, and London-Singapore-Brisbane, and on the way back Brisbane-Singapore, then Singapore-Phnom Penh, overland to Battambang then Siem Reap, by air Siem Reap- Pakse, overland to Si Phan Don and back to Pakse, by air to Luang Prabang and from there to Vientiane. We then flew Vientiane to Singapore, Singapore to London, and lastly London to Bogotá.




    Setting aside staying in homes of friends and family, we camped 153 nights in 224 – 68% of the time.

    Campsites to which we would return without hesitation:

    · Flinders Chase NP campground, Kangaroo Island
    · Fitzgerald River NP
    · Porongurup Range Tourist Park Campsite
    · Western Flora Campsite
    · Karijini NP Ecolodge campground
    · Karijini NP Dales campground
    · Eighty Mile Beach Caravan Park
    · Birdwood Homestead campground
    · Windjana Gorge campsite
    · Manning Gorge Camp
    · Ellenbrae Station camp
    · El Questro campground
    · Hidden Valley Tourist Park
    · Keep River NP Jarnem Campsite
    · Katherine Holiday Park campsite
    · Kakadu NP Gunlom Camp
    · Litchfield NP Tjaynera Falls campsite
    · Mataranka Homestead Campground
    · Big 4 MacDonnell Ranges Campground
    · Palm Valley Campground
    · King’s Canyon Resort Campground
    · Pink Roadhouse, Oodnadatta
    · Mount Dare Hotel campground
    · Various Simpson Desert campsites
    · Adels Grove Campground
    · Normanton Tourist Park campground
    · Cobbold Gorge campsite
    · Feathers n’ Friends Cottage Campsite
    · Daintree Rainforest Village campsite
    · Palmer River Roadhouse campground
    · Blencoe Falls Campground
    · Mount Larcom Tourist Park campground
    · Carnarvon Gorge campground
    · Ballina Headlands Holiday Park campsite
    · Wilson Promontory NP Tidal River Campground
    · Mount William NP Deep Creek Campsite
    · Eaglehawk Dive Centre campground
    · Captain Cook Holiday Park, Adventure Bay
    · Left of Field campground
    · Derwent Bridge Wilderness Hotel carpark
    · Corinna Wilderness Experience campground
    · Cradle Mountain NP Discovery Campground
    · Hat Head Holiday Park campground



    National Parks

    We visited only 85 of the 501 national parks, as well as many state parks and reserves.


    The car:

    2016 Mitsubishi Montero automatic 3.8 L V6 petrol.


    Upgrades/modifications:

    · Dobbinson’s heavy duty suspension with 50 mm lift
    · Mile Marker Scout 8000 winch
    · Safari Snorkel
    · ARB transmission breather
    · Custom-built roof rack with sand flag mount and rear light
    · Sand flag
    · UHF radio with front-mounted aerial
    · Second spare wheel & tyre (6 all-terrain tyres on 6 alloy rims – initially 5 x Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S; finally 3 x Toyo A/T Open Country + 2 x Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S and 1 x BF Goodrich A/T)
    · Extra fuel tanks on roof rack (100 L capacity, temporarily 120 L for the Simpson Desert)
    · Built-in folding frame for bed with Americana de Colchones purpose-built mattress
    · Fire extinguisher and mounting
    · Storage system below bed and bedside storage
    · Dometic 35 L refrigerator/freezer
    · Custom-built storage lockers on slides
    · 44 L potable water tank
    · Window covers with ventilation adjustment
    · Mosquito nets for all windows and rear opening
    · Leather map pockets for both front seats
    · Camera storage system
    · Side and rear awnings (Dobbinson’s and ARB)
    · Compressor
    · Second (hydraulic) jack
    · Rescure kit with tow slings, shackles
    · ARB sand ladders (recovery rmaps) and shovel
    · ARB folding chairs

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    Glad that the link works now.

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    Thank you for making your blog available. During our lock-down it is going to be the ideal time to slowly absorb and work through it.
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    Thank you for making it to work! In these troubling times, in which we do not know when it will be possible to travel again (confidently), this indeed will keep us busy for quite a good long time.

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: Not in Africa, however a report on our Australia trip.

    So far we’ve only camped at 2 of your list of campsites. So the challenge is on...

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    Thanks for the report! Have only read through the Tasmania part so far but it's great seeing someone else's experience of our special island.

    I've only been to 4 of your recommended sites, 3 in Tassie and 1 on the mainland.

    Will definitely need to get out in the camper and into the bush again!

    Thanks for the inspiration!
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    "So far we’ve only camped at 2 of your list of campsites. So the challenge is on... "

    These were the "definitely return" sites - we stayed at a lot more. None were "don't stay here!" sites. The one which was least enjoyable was at Merl Camp, in Kakadu NP, where the Ranger said that "the mosquitoes are bad until about 8:00 pm" neglecting to mention that after that they get really bloodthirsty!

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    Default Re: Not in Africa, however a report on our Australia trip.

    Quote Originally Posted by alannymarce View Post
    We did a very good cleaning of the vehicle before shipping and did not have to get it fumigated on clearance, which was a surprise (everyone had told us that this was inevitable). Everything fine.

    Surely you coming from Colombia they must at least got the old sniffer dogs out!!

    Sorry I couldn't resist it!

    Thank you for posting, amazing all round, really interesting.

    You have given us all Ozzie fever now. Good luck with your next expeditions!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tashtego9 View Post
    .........
    You have given us all Ozzie fever now. ........
    Aint that the truth.
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    [QUOTE=tashtego9;4359380]Surely you coming from Colombia they must at least got the old sniffer dogs out!!

    Yes I'm sure that they did; I think that when they saw how pristine the vehicle was they decided not to bother spending more time on the check (coupled with the dogs, of course).

    The departure procedures from Colombia were even more rigorous - police check on loading the vehicle into the container, armed guard to the port, customs verification of the police check... Come to think of it, the Australian quarantine people probably knew this, which may have helped.

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    [QUOTE=alannymarce;4360189]
    Quote Originally Posted by tashtego9 View Post
    Surely you coming from Colombia they must at least got the old sniffer dogs out!!

    Yes I'm sure that they did; I think that when they saw how pristine the vehicle was they decided not to bother spending more time on the check (coupled with the dogs, of course).

    The departure procedures from Colombia were even more rigorous - police check on loading the vehicle into the container, armed guard to the port, customs verification of the police check... Come to think of it, the Australian quarantine people probably knew this, which may have helped.

    Excellent!

    Wait for the Mitssubishi people on here to find out about this thread, they will be super impressed!🚗

    Cheers

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    How was the crime along the way? Any issues? 40.000km and almost 1 year through the African continent will definitely be more challenging
    I love Mozambique!

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