THE BIG TRIP
Der ultimative 4x4 Trip quer durch Australien.
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Itinerary for The BIG Trip:
Day 01: Mon 05th. Alice Springs to Yulara, Uluru and Kata Kjuta (459km)
Day 02: Tue 06th. Yulara to Lake Christopher (404km)
Day 03: Wed 07th. Lake Christopher to Everard Junction vicinity 410km)
Day 04: Thu 08th. Everard Junction to Carnegie (235km)
Day 05: Fri 09th. Carnegie to Well 9 on the Canning, $20.00 access fee. (177km)
Day 06: Sat 10th. Well 9 to Durba Springs (215Km or 291 via Calvert Range)
Day 07: Sun 11th. DAY OFF Visit Calvert Range and Canning Memorial.
Day 08: Mon 12th. Durba Springs to Georga Bore Pick up fuel at Well 23 (233Km)
Day 09: Tue 13th. Georga Bore to Rudall River National Park (100Km)
Day 10: Wed 14th. Rudall River National Park
Day 11: Thu 15th. Rudall River National Park to Newman (323Km)
Day 12: Fri 16th. Day Off
Day 13: Sat 17th. Newman to Auski Road House (190Km)
Day 14: Sun 18th. Day Off
Day 15: Mon 19th. Karijini Natonal Park to Karatha, lunch in the Millsream National Park (429Km …283Km to Millstream)
Day 16: Tue 20th. Day Off Look about
Day 17: Wed 21st. Karatha to 80 Mile Beach caravan Park 465km
Day 18: Thur 22nd. 80 Mile Beach to Broome 374km
Day 19: Fri 23rd. Broome
Day 20: Sat 24th. Broome
Day 21: Sun 25th. Broome
Day 22: Mon 26th. Broome to Cape Leveque 196km
Day 23: Tue 27th. Cape Leveque to Broome 191km
Day 24: Wed 28th. Broome to Derby for lunch then on to the Windjana Gorge (367Km)
Day 25: Thu 29th. Windjana Gorge to Tunnel Creek Bell Gorge – Silent Grove (223Km)
Day 26: Fri 30th. Silent Grove to Old Mornington Bush Camp (177Km)
Day 27: Sat 31st. Day Off
Day 28: Sun 01st. Day Off
Day 29: Mon 02nd. Old Mornington to Manning Gorge (160Km)
Day 30: Tue 3rd. Manning Gorge to Mitchel Falls (365Km)
Day 31: Wed 4th. Day Off
Day 32: Thu 5th. Mitchel Falls to Ellenbrae (313Km)
Day 33: Fri 6th. Ellembrae to El Quesrto (157Km)
Day 34: Sat 7th. El Questro Wyndham El Questro (202Km)
Day 35: Sun 8th. El Questro to the Purnululu National Park 340km
Day 36: Mon 9th. Echidna Chasm to Cathedral Gorge and back 88km
Day 37: Tue 10th. Purnululu National Park to Kununurra (324Km)
Day 38: Wed 11th. Kununurra
Day 39: Thu 12th. Kununurra
Day 40: Fri 13th. Kununurra to Gregory National Park (285Km)
Day 41: Sat 14th. Day Off
Day 42: Sun 15th. Gregory National Park to Katherine Low Level National Park 282km
Day 43: Mon 16th. Katherine to Katherine Gorge River Cruise (60Km)
Day 44: Tue 17th. Katherine to Wangi Falls 326km
Day 45: Wed 18th. Wangi Falls to Darwin 172km
Day 46: Thu 19th. Day Off
Day 47: Fri 20th. Day Off
Day 48: Sat 21st. Darwin to Cooinda (314 km)
Day 49: Sun 22nd. Cooinda to Kakadu tour, Gunlom Falls (111km)
Day 50: Mon 23rd. Gunlom Falls to Mataranka Thermal Pools (291km)
Day 51: Tue 24th. Mataranka to Cape Crawford (440km)
Day 52: Wed 25th. Cape Crawford to Wollograng Roadhouse, possibility no alternative camp site. (371Km)
Day 53: Thu 26th. Woolograng to Tully Inlet (70Km)
Day 54: Fri 27th. Tully Inlet to Kingfisher Camp (202Km)
Day 55: Sat 28th. Kingfisher Camp to Lawn Hill (150Km)
Day 56: Sun 29th. Lawn Hill
Day 57: Mon 30th. Lawn Hill to Leichart Falls (265Km)
Day 58: Tue 31st. Leichhart Falls to Karumba (305Km)
Day 59: Wed 01st. September. Karuma to Dunbar / Mithchel River Crossing (275Km)
Day 60: Thu 02nd. Mitchel River Crossing to Kowanyama to Musgrave Road House 395km
Day 61: Fri 03rd. Musgrave Road House to Weipa (365Km)
Day 62: Sat 04th. Weipa to Overland Telegraph Camp 1. Note: Weipa to Seisia via OTC is 388Km, and depending on conditions at the time may require three days to complete this section.
Day 63: Sun 05th. Overland Telegraph Camp 2
Day 64: Mon 06th. Overland Telegraph Camp 3
Day 65: Tue 07th. Camp 3 to Seisia
Day 66: Wed 08th. Day Off TI trip Optional
Day 67: Thur 09th. Day Off Cape York Trip
Day 68: Fri 10th. Seisia to Archer River Road House (384Km via ‘bypass’ roads)
Day 69: Sat 11th. Archer River to Cooktown (436Km)
Day 70: Sun 12th. Cooktown
Day 71: Mon 13th. Cooktown to Cairns (224Km)
Day 72: Tue 14th. Cairns
Day 73: Wed 15th. Cairns to Larva Tubes (296Km)
Day 74: Thu 16th. Larva Tubes to Winton (545Km)
Day 75: Fri 17th. Winton to Diamantina Lakes (219km)
Day 76: Sat 18th. Diamantina to Birdsville (452km)
A-Z of things to know around camping:
ALCOHOL - Permitted on all 4x4 tours but consumption to be in moderation. No drinking is permitted whilst travelling.
No alcohol to be displayed or consumed (sometimes carried) in or on Aboriginal Land. Various local restrictions must be adhered to. If unsure please contact us.
BACKPACKS - It is advisable to bring a small backpack for all tours.
BILLY – There will be a 15 litre billy on the fire most evenings, water permitting.
CAMP FIRES – There will be a central campfire most evenings with hot water, a BBQ plate, frypan, wok & camp oven available.
CAMPING EQUIPMENT – You need to bring a suitable tent, bedding, chairs, folding table, fridge, cutlery, plates, bowls, tea towels, and cup. See Camping List.
CLOTHES – Suitable bush clothing is recommended. Temperatures can range from 0C – 35C. One set of casual clothes is recommended. Remember the further north we travel the warmer it is.
CROCKERY & CUTLERY - BYO.
CAMP SPOTS – Where necessary we will use camp grounds and caravan parks. The individual is responsible for their own payment of fees. We start looking for camp spots at 4.00pm
EXTRA SUPPLIES – It is advisable to carry extra supplies of food in the remote areas. A ration pack is a good idea. Usually tinned and dehydrated food securely packed sufficient for at least 4 days. This is IN CASE of unplanned delays, due to inclement weather or vehicle problems.
FIREARMS – No Way.
FLY NETS - We recommend that everyone should carry a hat fly net in their day bag.
FOOTWEAR - Sneakers, leather boots in spinifex areas, and an old pair of shoes. Sock savers or gaiters are recommended.
FLYING DOCTOR RADIO - All tour leader vehicles are equipped with Royal Flying Doctor radios or satellite phone. No matter where we are in Australia we can contact a R.F.D.S. base if the need arises.
FIRST AID KIT - A personnel first aid kit is recommended, and should include Band-Aids, aspirin, panadol, murine eyedrops, insect bite cream, tweezers, throat lozenges, and lipeze. It is also recommended that your tetanus injections be current and that you check with your doctor should you require antibiotics. GET YOUR TEETH CHECKED as it is difficult to hold your head still and remove a tooth with a pair of multi grips.
FUEL FUNNEL - With a strainer is essential.
FUEL TANKS AFTER MARKET - Inspect / replace fuel hoses as necessary.
GENERATORS - To enjoy the tranquillity of the outback wilderness generators are not generally used.. When necessary the trip leader has a quiet generator.
GLOVES - Two pairs are required, one for handling firewood, loading and unloading and the other for keeping hands warm.
HEALTH REQUIREMENTS - Participants travelling to remote regions in Australia, should be in a good state of health and fitness, and have had a recent medical and dental check-up. Don't forget to bring any special medical needs that you require and advise your Tour Leader verbally or via a confidential letter of any particular medical problems. A sealed envelope with family contact details is required in each vehicles glove compartment. This is in case of emergency.
MAPS - Are provided at pre trip briefing along with relevant tour information.
MEDICAL - All medical needs should be purchased in major centres before departure.
SUNGLASSES - It is recommended that 1 good pair and 1 spare pair of sunglasses are taken.
SECURING LUGGAGE - Luggage, portable fridges, spare wheels, fuel, water, and any other equipment must be roped or tied into place with solid straps (elastic straps not suitable). We suggest securing rings or hooks bolted into the floor with backing plates.
SLEEPING BAGS - Good quality and warm. We encounter temperatures to below 0 degrees.
TORCH - Remember to bring a torch, spare batteries & globes. 12V fluorescent light, a head lamp (torch on your head, not the car) and a good strong hand torch is recommended.
A-Z of things to know around your vehicles:
AERIALS Get the best quality aerials for UHF Radio. Bull bar mounts tend to vibrate and break; roof rack mounts are better but are susceptible to damage from trees. Please get them checked by qualified radio technicians.
BATTERIES - Should be in excellent condition. Outback roads can shake old batteries to pieces. Use heaviest duty batteries available, securely mounted. Dual batteries are recommended if you wish to run a fridge or winch.
BREAKDOWN - Your trip leader usually has enough mechanical knowledge to keep your vehicle going. In the case of non repairable damage, arrangements will be made to get your vehicle to the nearest point where it can be repaired. All costs incurred in recovery of this nature are the driver’s responsibility. Regrettably, this may necessitate you departing from the trip.
BULL BAR - Not essential but strongly recommended
CARGO BARRIER is not essential, however from a safety perspective it is highly recommended.
CREDIT CARDS - Please note that some remote fuel points will only take cash. Credit Cards are acceptable at major centres. Cheques are usually not accepted.
The Big Trip has 3 long stages where extra fuel is necessary. These are:
• Warakurna to Carnegie 654km Corrugated Dirt Road + 50% normal fuel usage
• Carnegie – Well 23 614km Desert Travel + 80% Normal Fuel Usage
• Birdsville – Mt Dare 715km Desert Travel + 90% Normal Fuel usage
• Karumba – Musgrave River 640km Dirt Road Travel + 20% normal fuel usage.
NOTE: Petrol Vehicles CAN NOT get fuel at Warakurna. It is necessary to carry fuel for 1060km Yulara to Carnegie.
INSPECTION It is a requirement of Direct Four W.D. Awareness that a pre departure inspection of your vehicle be carried out by a qualified specialist 4x4 garage to ensure that your vehicle has no problems that would inhibit its ability to undertake this trip.
KEYS - A spare key must be carried and attached securely under the vehicle in case of loss of ignition keys.
JACKS - Make sure your original jack is in good working order. A 4000kg or 6000kg hydraulic jack and a jacking plate 300mm X 300mm X 19mm ply wood or 6mm steel is strongly recommended. If in doubt as Jol.
RADIOS – Inter-vehicle communication. Convoy escort vehicles are equipped with High performance "Ultra High Frequency Radios" (i.e. - UHF). UHF Radios are not a 27Meg CB. All vehicles are required to be fitted with a UHF 477Meg Radio for communications. UHF is much clearer, has better range and less interference than the lesser quality 27Meg C.B. Please ring for further information.
ROOF RACKS – Should never be overloaded. Check with the manufacturer to the maximum weight allowed. A roof bag is a useful item to keep the elements out.
ROPES - Ropes and locking straps are handy for tying down firewood, as a clothes line and other uses.
RECOVERY POINTS - It is essential that secure recovery points are fitted to the front and rear of each vehicle. Shipping tie down points are not acceptable as recovery points. If your vehicle is not fitted with a suitable point, RATED recovery hooks are available from aftermarket outlets and should be fitted by a qualified person. A good idea is to paint these points red, or have an arrow pointing to them.
RECOVERY - Vehicles are required to carry a 9 metre, 8000kg Snatch um Strap “and two 3 1/4 ton minimum stamped "Bow" shackles. Vehicles MUST have suitable recovery points fitted front and rear.
SPARE PARTS LIST - Refer to check list.
SUSPENSIONS - Suspensions on most vehicles will have to be heavy duty, with the vehicle sitting at standard ride height with the vehicle loaded. Usually Heavy Duty Shock Absorbers and at least heavier rated rear springs need to be fitted. This can be accomplished with heavier springs or the addition of Air Bags. We recommend the Original Shocks are carried as spares.
TOOL KIT - An adequate tool kit should be carried at all times when travelling in outback areas. See list.
TRAILERS / CAMPER TRAILERS: See separate article
TYRES – Good tyres are essential, we recommend that at least ‘All Terrain’( AT ) tyres are fitted for this trip. A minimum recommendation of 75% tread on all tyres is required.
WATER The general rule of thumb is to allow five litres of water per person per day. We recommend you have a carrying capacity of no less than 80 litres per vehicle. The opportunity to replenish containers varies depending on the location and quality of water available.
It is recommended that water be carried in 10, 15 or 20 litre heavy duty plastic containers or fitted water tanks. Where water is suitable for utility purposes only, it is recommended those containers you fill up are clearly marked ‘utility water only’. The size of the water containers will be determined by storage location and your ability to lift them. Water containers need to be firmly secured to prevent rupture from vibration. I personally use a three litre Camelback that hangs off the back of my seat. Instead of water bottles, that can roll around in the front of the car and become a nuisance.
WINCHES - Are not essential but can be a useful piece of equipment if one is already fitted to the vehicle.
WHEELS - All vehicles are required to carry 2 complete spare wheel and tyre assemblies. 2 spare tubes should be carried for tubed or tubeless tyres.
WHEEL BEARINGS / BRAKES – Wheel Bearings are to be repacked and brakes checked before the trip. This can be done during a major service which is recommended before departure.
A-Z of things to know around procedures:
BRIEFINGS - A detailed pre trip briefing is held two evenings prior to departure. At this point your tour leader will run through the daily routine and answer any question regarding your trip. If there are any last minute adjustments to be made we can assist with them the day prior to departure. In addition to this, each night a short talk will take place after dinner to explain the following day’s activities.
CONVOYS PROCEDURE - When the convoy arrives at an intersection it is your responsibility to ensure the vehicle following acknowledges the change in direction by using the vehicle’s indicators. When travelling through difficult terrain it is wise to wait until the vehicle in front of you has negotiated the difficult section before you proceed.
DUST. When travelling on dusty roads you must leave sufficient gap between you and the car in front to allow the dust to dissipate. If not you cant see very well and also you inhibit the performance of your vehicle by filling the air cleaner with unwanted dust. At times it may be necessary to leave a 5 minute gap between vehicles.
DRIVING TECHNIQUES - Remote area / desert travel imposes unusual demands on both drivers and vehicles. For this reason it is desirable to enrol in a specialist 4 wheel driving course before undertaking a trip of this nature. Not withstanding, participation in these adventures will improve your driving skills and experienced guidance will be available to assist through any potentially difficult areas. At times it may be necessary to prepare your vehicle for an obstacle or fix the road to make it easier to negotiate, lessening the chance of vehicle damage.
A TYPICAL DAY – Leaving the camp site around 9.00am we will take a mid morning break, around 10.30am for morning tea, then stop between 12.30pm - 1.30pm for lunch, an afternoon break around 3pm, and arrive at camp approximately 4.30pm. Happy half hour is between 5.30pm & 6.00pm after setting up camp for the night. Evening meal after the sun goes down.
During the day vehicles in the convoy will travel as close as is practical or prudent giving road conditions. For example under dusty conditions one could expect the vehicles to be spread out over several kilometres. UHF communications may not be possible between first and last vehicles. The first and last cars in this situation will have HF communications other wise a relay situation will be necessary.
Four-wheel-drive expeditions are by their nature, relaxed adventures with reasonable distances covered each day, while still allowing time to stop to take photographs, enjoy views or just stretch your legs.
The only time, the convoy will go past its 4:30 p.m. stop, is if there is a mechanical problem or a planned destination is within reach by a reasonable time.