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Is 'the lap' boring?

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  1. ellejay

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    So with the usual lack of pre planning we have taken the inland nsw and qld route from NE Vic towards Broome. A neighbour recommended this route, and we wanted to try a different route from last trips. We've been driving for 3 days solid though 'bush.' New criteria for selecting motel accommodation is manager has proven access to comb and toothbrush.

    I'm exaggerating a bit but glad we didn't fork out big $ on a rig. Anyone love or hate the lap?
     
  2. Colin Rice

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    Never heard of this "lap" but I love Broome. Lived there in the 90s for a spell.

    You going for a holiday there?
     
  3. ellejay

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    I think grey nomads call it the lap, when you do a circuit around aus. We're going for 4 month work contracts and a big drive :)
     
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    Probably it hasn't changed much since then.
     
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    I've only done a half-lap. Biggest road trip I've done. 17 years ago. 12,500km in one month.

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    I havent been back. I think the local population has doubled from 5k to 10k so probably hasnt changed a lot.
     
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  7. Colin Rice

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    Ah gotcha. I have done 3/4 of a lap excluding QLD.

    Sounds like an adventure :)
     
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    That route through nsw and qld looks like the one we're on now. I thought WA was vast but so are these states. Seen many Emu. A route to test your conversational skills and tolerance of nothing much going on.
     
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    Second that. How exciting :)
     
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    I drove the first 3500km with no passenger. Fortunately had CB communication with the one other vehicle I was travelling with. I remember how isolating that drive was.

    From memory, this photo is the desolate country north of Barkly Homestead heading north towards Eastern Arnhem Land.

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    You're on a business trip so not very exciting. If your cruising along checking out the towns it's a bit different. We have just done this over the last couple of weeks. in broome now waiting for this magical staircase the next few nights :)
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    We're on our way to Darwin and considering flying the wife and 1kidlet to brissy and I'll just smash it out. Done central qld before and just want to get back over east. The inland route has it's positives but if you had the time a summer holiday up to the sunny coast would have been nice, then cut across

    This will get us close to rounding out "the lap"... with lots of squiggles in between!

    Wa is ridiculously big! And the whole bloody country actually! Im looking forward to doing nz or europe in the future! Should smash it out after doing the km's over here!
     
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    Get yourself the wiki camps app if you don't have it already
    WikiCamps Australia - Android Apps on Google Play

    Find some unique places to stay to make it more exciting. We've been staying at some great stations, not sure what they're like over easy nowadays .this photo doesn't do the dunny justice but you'd probably pay mega bucks for a resort worth a star lit dunny!
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    Depending which way you're travelling try and get to Carnarvon gorge if you can. It's in my top 5 for qld
     
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    We're in Winton, qld and looks like there's amazing stuff to see but rain has closed the roads. Would definitely come back here.
    Bob, shame I think you'll have left Broome by the time we get there in a few days. Would have been good to say hi!
     

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    Last year i drove canb to adelaide. Flew to perth then drove perth to adelaide. Then drove Adelaide to Canberra. All in about 5 days.
     
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    I have actually been to Normanton.... but I flew. Not much there.. The big crocodile? I flew as apart of an internship
     
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    Harry Potter?
     
  18. Jess Peletier

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    We did a lap a couple of years ago with the kids - we LOVED it. Only had 3 months so there were a few days of continuous driving but I'd go again in a heartbeat. We went from Port Hedland to Darwin, then down to 3 ways and headed to Qld that way.

    It would take zero convincing to get me to buy a van and go again tomorrow. Actually, that's sort of how it happened the first time - just decided and 6 weeks later we were off.
     
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  19. ellejay

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    Done Sydney to Adelaide via Camberra then Perth. Loved it, lots to see.
     
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    Impromptu meetup! :)

    I'll wave along the highway incase we pass each other i usually run the two finger steering wheel wave :D

    Just heard that Winton has had lots of rain from another family out there a few weeks ago, caravan parks couldn't get people in due to the mud.

    Will you do Katherine gorge or anywhere else along the way?

    Broome is a very unique little town. Good place to stop for work that's for sure. Could easily do a few months here