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Road Trip - PER - ADL (lots Of Photos)

Thu Mar 08, 2007 1:38 pm

Wohoo my first non-av trip report...enjoy Big grin

Vehicle: Holden Commodore Equip, 2005
No of passengers: 3

Left Perth on 26 February at 07h00
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Mount street, Perth

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Perth Skyline


Swan Bell Tower in Perth

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Main street in Coolgardie - 555kms from Perth

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The "tourist area" in Coolgardie - an old mining town in Western Australia

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Onward to Kalgoorlie - main street in KGI

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The statue of Paddy Hannan, the guy who first found gold in KGI

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Kalgoorlie Hotel - established 1897

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The Superpit - the world¡¦s largest open cut gold mine, can be seen from space - its also on google earth.

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The superpit in all its glory Big grin

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A CAT dump truck carrying ore

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Close up of a dump truck on market day in KGI
(Note the hot chick operating the camera in the foreground Big grin )

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Leaving KGI on 28 February

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Eyre Highway to Adelaide - This is Norseman, 200 kms from KGI

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Still a long way from Adelaide!

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Warning signs at Norseman advising people to carry water (722 kms from Perth)

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Balladonia Roadhouse (one of the typical Nullarbor Roadhouses - 915 kms from Perth)
This is also where pieces of Skylab fell in July 1979

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The Skylab "museum" at Balladonia roadhouse

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Welcome to Balladonia - in the middle of bloody nowhere!

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Watch out for road trains!!

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A real live road train (not a very big one though)

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Between Balladonia and Caiguna Roadhouses, the Eyre highway forms the longest stretch of straight sealed road in the world. Too bad the sign was vandalized.

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One of the many RFDS emergency airstrips found along the route.

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Caiguna roadhouse (1100 kms from Perth)

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Cocklebiddy roadhouse - one of the many typical roadhouses along the way.

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Madura roadhouse (1255 kms from Perth) in the middle of nowhere

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The road from Madura towards the endless nullarbor plain

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Quarantine checkpoint at the WA-SA border.

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The WA SA border. The time also changes here.

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WA SA Border village - our overnight stop (1470 kms from Perth) including the Rooey 2 kangaroo statue (the most horrible statue I have ever seen).

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Our accommodation in border village ($65 for the night for 3 people, not bad)

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The entire accommodation at border village

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The restaurant at border village

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The different time zones at border village roadhouse. Border village is 45 min ahead of perth and 45 min behind SA time

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Border village roadhouse

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Our room in border village

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The endless nullarbor - view from our room

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The great Australian bight seen from the road as it passes through the nullarbor national park. Did not see anything not even UFOs  Angry

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The world's longest cliff face (800 + kms) at nullarbor national park

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The warning sign at cliff edge, there are no fences.

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The endless nullarbor plain

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Heading towards the nullarbor roadhouse

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Nullarbor roadhouse in the middle of nowhere

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Inside the nullarbor roadhouse - had a good cup of coffee

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Encountered a Ferrari on the Nullarbor plain Big grin

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Typical Eyre Highway roadsigns

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Entering Ceduna (1930 kms from Perth)

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Port Augusta - The end of the Eyre Highway 2nd March

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Entering Adelaide - end of the drive

Not really a part of our trip, but some views of the KGI airport:

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Inside the terminal building at KGI

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Getting pretty close to all the action (even though its only a 734)

Well thats it! Gotta say I really enjoyed this trip, and it was awesome to experience hundreds of miles of nothingness. And I drove the entire distance  biggrin 

People say that you need to carry fuel, water etc when driving PER-ADL (or ADL-PER), but we found that to be totally unnecessary, as fuel, water and great food was available every 200-300 kms at the roadhouses. Also, there is a lot of traffic on this road, so its not as isolated as some websites make it out to be!
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Thu Mar 08, 2007 1:55 pm

Very nice pics - I enjoyed your report. You don't see water and emergency landing strip signs over here.

I'd like a 90 mile stretch of straight road as well. And a Z06 to go with it.



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Thu Mar 08, 2007 2:03 pm

Great report Springbok; but i think that drive would put me to sleep. Haven't seen you in chat for quite a while.
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Thu Mar 08, 2007 2:43 pm

Very nice, great pics and intersting report.
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Thu Mar 08, 2007 6:08 pm

Madura pass has to be the most spectacular landscape in Australia, i did the same trip without going on to Kalgoorlie back in september, though we continued on to Melbourne which is an absolute killer.
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Thu Mar 08, 2007 6:17 pm

Great Trip report Springbok and some very nice pictures of Perth. Hope to visit the West the soon
 
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Thu Mar 08, 2007 6:32 pm

Awesome!

I have a goal to take the Indian-Pacific from Sydney to Perth . . . . and the drive looks like great fun as well.

I've taken long haul road trips like that, California to DC, Arizona to DC, DC to Alaska (twice), the longest about 6000 miles.

Looks like a great drive. The Nullarbar fascinates me, unknown as to why, simply does.

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Thu Mar 08, 2007 6:36 pm

Absolutely amazing. I would kill to do what you have just done. I went to Sydney/Brisbane/Gold Coast a few years ago, and loved it, but still want to see the real Australia. I hope to go back sometime in the future. Could you by chance show us a map of Australia and the routing in which you took? What were the temperatures like? Also, I gotta ask you, just how fast did you take it on that 90 mile stretch of road?  Smile

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Thu Mar 08, 2007 7:04 pm

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 6):
Question: What is the Quarantine Station for?

basically to see if your bringing any fresh produce into the state and if this is case you are required to dump it
 
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Thu Mar 08, 2007 7:45 pm

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 6):
What is the Quarantine Station for?

due to west australian isolation we have our own fruit & vegetable issues that differ from the rest of the country, you can take food from west to east but not east to west.

Quoting JetsGo (Reply 7):
just how fast did you take it on that 90 mile stretch of road?

roads are all speed limited to 110KPH including the 90mi straight, they do aerial speed patrols right across the outback so it's usually ideal to stick to the limit.

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 6):
unknown as to why, simply does.

it's the open space and isolation! i'd pack up and move out there without hesitation. the most common site on the road side is dead kangaroo's, on our trip over the 3 trailer semi cleaned up a camel about 100meters in front of us! it's also extremely dangerous to drive those roads at night due to the kangaroo problem...wise to have a roo-bar on the front of your car.
 
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Thu Mar 08, 2007 7:50 pm

Quoting QANTAS077 (Reply 9):
wise to have a roo-bar on the front of your car.

Same reason I have Moose Lights and Huge Grill Guard on the BAFDT.

Blasted Moose here must be as crazy as the 'roos there - just hop out in to traffic!!
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Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 10):
just hop out in to traffic!!

you'd be surprised mate, they actually don't hop out of the way of all things! i read somewhere that the light stuns them and they just stay put...it's a "law" down here that you don't swerve if you're doing 110kph and there is a roo in your path.
 
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Thu Mar 08, 2007 8:08 pm

Quoting Springbok747 (Thread starter):

Nice stuff Springbok  bigthumbsup . I must do a driving holiday across Oz myself one day.

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Thu Mar 08, 2007 8:19 pm

Thanks for the trip report. Would it be cheaper to drive or fly.
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Thu Mar 08, 2007 9:37 pm

A trip I've always wanted to do, I've only been as far as Port Augusta!

Quoting QANTAS077 (Reply 4):
though we continued on to Melbourne which is an absolute killer.

I want to do the same trip, but in reverse!

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Fri Mar 09, 2007 5:32 am

Quoting Melpax (Reply 14):
I want to do the same trip, but in reverse!

Wouldn't that be hard on your vehicle's transmission? Big grin
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Fri Mar 09, 2007 7:03 am

I like roadtrips. Big grin I used to do them rather frequently in Germany, but now it's a very rare occurence.  Sad

Nice TR. I would love to go drive on that 90 mile straight, see if I can hit 200 km/h/120 mph like on the Autobahn.  bigthumbsup 

How long did the drive from PER to ADL take?
 
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Fri Mar 09, 2007 7:25 am

Very interesting! Great report. I have never seen pictures of Australia before. Reminds me of the Southwest US. (Arizona, New Mexico, SE California) I would love to visit one day. BTW, what kind of car do you have?
 
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Fri Mar 09, 2007 7:29 am

Quoting Chi-town (Reply 17):
BTW, what kind of car do you have?



Quoting Springbok747 (Thread starter):
Vehicle: Holden Commodore Equip, 2005

just to let you know
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Fri Mar 09, 2007 7:56 am

Nice pics, Springbok.....looks like an interesting trek.

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 6):
I've taken long haul road trips like that, California to DC, Arizona to DC, DC to Alaska (twice), the longest about 6000 miles.

We're planning a 4,300 mile roadie in late May through mid-June.....New Orleans to Steamboat Springs (brother-in-law) to San Diego (my brother and his family) to Phoenix (wife's cousins) back to New Orleans.

And no, Chevy Chase is not our travel advisor  wink 

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Fri Mar 09, 2007 8:14 am

Quoting Springbok747 (Thread starter):
Well thats it! Gotta say I really enjoyed this trip, and it was awesome to experience hundreds of miles of nothingness.

Thanks for the TR and especially the pictures! It makes me want to visit Australia that much more! A lot of it is very similar to the area where I live in Western Texas. Looks like so much fun!
 
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Fri Mar 09, 2007 12:09 pm

Quoting JetsGo (Reply 7):
Also, I gotta ask you, just how fast did you take it on that 90 mile stretch of road?

Speed is limited to 110km/h, and they really do enforce them! In fact we came acrossa police car on the 90 mile stretch, but those guys were doing 100...so had to give them a wave and overtake them.

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 16):
How long did the drive from PER to ADL take?

3 days, but we took it nice and slow, stuck to the speed limits, stopped at all the interesting places etc Big grin
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Fri Mar 09, 2007 12:13 pm

Quoting Springbok747 (Reply 21):
3 days, but we took it nice and slow, stuck to the speed limits, stopped at all the interesting places etc

That's how I like my road trips.  bigthumbsup 
 
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Fri Mar 09, 2007 3:15 pm

That is pretty darned cool. Makes me want to go back to Australia. We only drove from Canberra to Melbourne, but I was glad to see some of the countryside on the ground and not all from the air.

The isolation reminds me of Northern Ontario, where you can go hours and see nothing but trees and rocks - and ANC, moose too.  Smile

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Fri Mar 09, 2007 3:33 pm

Great pics!!!

Quoting QANTAS077 (Reply 9):
roo-bar

Roo-bar! Lol!!

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Fri Mar 09, 2007 5:09 pm

Never read a driving report on here before. I could be doing a cross country driving trip in the USA in August, might do a trip report on that. Its the best way to see a foreign country and you get to stop at where ever you want to.
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Fri Mar 09, 2007 6:45 pm

Quoting Melpax (Reply 14):
Bloody west cost supporters.......

just watching the final quarter of grand final again! still the best 30 mins of football i've seen! even better for having been there.
 
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Fri Mar 09, 2007 6:47 pm

Thanks, very interesting trip. I would have loved to have done the drive myself when I was there recently. I travelled to Perth on the Indian - Pacific, but had to fly back to Sydney as my time was up.

Here is what the Nullarbor looks like from the train. This is at Cook, looking down part of the longest continuous straight rail track in the world - 478 km!

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As it was Christmas this chap hitched a ride. I think he lost a bit of weight due to the heat.

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