As I mentioned in a previous post we are heading off on a lap of Australia for our next great adventure and as the departure date draws ever nearer I felt it was time for another update.
With just under three weeks till the off preparations are in full swing, we have bought a Long Wheel Base Mitsubishi Pajero 4x4. It is a monster of a truck and is big enough to fit a double mattress in the back and carry all the gear we will need. It still needs some add ons to make it ready for the trip (curtains etc) but we are working on it this weekend to get it ready.
We have a 3x3m pop up Gazebo for when we are camping so we can have more space and we are currently lightening the load by selling off all our unwanted gear on eBay. The route is being planned for the 1st month on the road ending up in Mt Isa in Queensland for Australia’s biggest Rodeo in early August. After that it will be a long drive across the top end, re-visiting the Daly Waters Pub on route to pick up a blue stubby holder for a friend, who has lost his since his last visit, before we start on the West Coast.
It is an exciting time and I had forgotten how much fun the anticipation before departure is. I now have, excluding today, 12 working days left in the office then it is back to the freedom that can only truly be found while on the road. I will post pictures here soon of the development of the 4x4 from simple automobile to mobile home and once on the road I will do my best to keep the blog up to date.
To anyone thinking about the OzBus downunder tour (www.oz-busdownunder.com) watch this space as we will be covering much of the same ground as this trip will be in March next year so you might pick up some useful tips!