The Australian Caravan Safari Trails

Submitted: Monday, Nov 07, 2005 at 20:39
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The club has received a booklet from THE AUSTRALIAN CARAVAN SAFARI TRAILS, A project of Caravan, RV & Accomodation Industry of Australia Ltd, and Supported by Tourism Australia.

It is basically giving people the oportunity to participate in the pilot Safaries that will be offered to both Domestic and Overseas visitors, and is aimed at the over 40 age group.

The selected routes will try, as much as possible, to avoid major roads where the convoy is likely to experience heavy traffic. The Safari Manager will be the forward scout and organise facilities, services, accommodation capacity (caravan Parks), town welcomes, media, commutity involvement, attractions, events and tour options.

They are looking for companies as sponsors, and caravan club members as participants with 30 to 50 vans in each safari.

There will be 3 safaris held during 2006. The first will leave Sydney in late April and travel through outback NSW and Queensland and end in Port Douglas.
The second will be in WA during August/September and the third will be through Victoria and SA during November/December.

Anyone wanting more information can check out their web site at or email (02) 9615 9999.

To me it reads as though it is more for people who stay in caravan parks all the time rather than how most Bushtracker Owners like to do their own thing and free camp in bush areas, but I am posting the information so that those who would like more information or to participate can contact the organisers and get more information.

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Reply By: Bushtracker - Monday, Nov 07, 2005 at 21:18

Monday, Nov 07, 2005 at 21:18
It never worked in Yachting groups, 4x4 exploration, or all the way to Game Patrol in Africa... It was always a chore, waiting up for the poorest equiped, least maintained, most troublesome of the whole pack... Quite frankly I read it as yes, the caravan parks are acknowledged to be a bit overcrowded as foreign destinations are at peril... So the trend is towards the Outback a bit... And while it could be attractive to someone green that had trepidations about going it alone, I think for most Bushtracker People it would be quite slow and boring in a pack of mixed equipment waiting up for the weakest link.

For any Newbies, you should know that it is OK, to go it alone with the excitement of Discovery and Adventure... On any track that is on the map, there will be someone along every ten minutes to hour or two, you are only as far away as your radio or satphone; and the common thing in the Outback is they roll down the window: "You right Mate?". You are never that far from help on the major dirt tracks in Australia, and by the time you gain the confidence to go exploring off on your own you will have the experience and equipment to do so safely. OK?

Safari Caravan Train? I would say in fact: Preferable to go it in small groups of like minded - Like equipped People... Large mixed groups are inevitably handicapped by the weakest link in the chain.. And that goes from here to even Africa. Just something to keep in mind if you are thinking about exploring with a large group..

Regards from a "Been there, done that" Ranger, from here to patrol in Africa... And going it alone or a small group, allows the best part: The Detours to interesting things and places and not having to run on a packed itinerary... And being free to wander, self sufficient and independent....Is where the interesting people are...
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Reply By: Mobi Condo - Thursday, Nov 10, 2005 at 06:42

Thursday, Nov 10, 2005 at 06:42
Thanks for the info Brian (&Steve).
We have been fortunate to go on a 5 vehicle (max by design of the operator) "Tag Along" and met with a 12 vehicle group along the way. All of our group felt we had the BEST deal by far and heard many dis-gruntled comments from members of the other group. What the cause of it was we really would not know, but it seemed just too big at 12.
Other trips have been either just us and chatting with the fellow explorers by UHF or nearby camps or with up to four other on club trips.
Thus we wonder what a 50 plus group would be like? What a convoy?
Have seen photos of some 20 vehicle "shows" all lined up on some isolated track, in Caravan and tour magazines as well and wondered what it would be like to meet with such on the road.
Agree with the small group / 2 or 3 rig set up - but a larger group at the end of the day may be nice for general chat and socialising! Hmm! Wonder what Copeton would be like - Hmm! Have to wait another 8 years for that!
Cheers - Ian & Sally
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Follow Up By: Bushtracker - Thursday, Nov 10, 2005 at 22:28

Thursday, Nov 10, 2005 at 22:28
Thank you for your input.... Anyone is free to disagree with the Ranger, when I give an opinion such as this, there is always a grey area for the individual... But I am earnestly trying to help, particularly the Newbies... And if the only way to travel in the Outback was with a mandatory pack of mixed equipment in a large group, I would pobably opt to stay home.. Ha!

It is fine meeting up somewhere, the more the merrier...Then... But per my Posting, never seen a larger group travel smoothly. It is always run down by the weakest link in the chain, and "dey ain't all Bushtrackers out der" as all of you would know.

But, as a Veteran of the 2004 Rally, I can assure you that Copeton is a Blast! The Ranger let the family decide to sit out this years, because of some big Interstate Horse Competitions wearing us down... But maybe this coming year we will bring out best horses to entertain any that are interested with a bit of a Cutting and Reining Show, if the Family votes positive...

Go to the Bushtracker Rally when you can... The Best, and all together, is impressive!! And Fun!

Regards from the Ranger...
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