A Life In Cars

The life story of Dickie Sutherland

All loaded up, ready for the great Australian road trip

2021

Toyota Prado

Returning to Australia was a great chance to take some long service leave & travel around Australia, while we waiting for our stuff to return from Norway.

After almost 5 years in Norway, Jenna and I returned to Australia.

With our stuff expected to take around 5 – 6 months to be shipped back to Australia, we’d spent quite a bit of time planning an outback road trip. It was a chance to both take some much needed long service leave and delay our arrival back to Hobart in anticipation of our container.

I’d spent plenty of time convincing Jenna we could buy a 4WD (rather than hiring a camper van) and effectively put the approx. $10 – 12,000 hire fees into a car that we would keep after the trip.

Thus we narrowed it down to a 1-owner Toyota wagon, leaning towards reliability and comfort when compared to a 4×4 ute. The 2017 Prado VX had down about 13,000 kms from new and had travelling very few k’s each year.

With a new set of A/T tires, roof rack, swags and car-fridge, plus a pretty basic set of plastic tubs, we set off from Adelaide, to Darwin via Uluru and Kakadu, over to Broome via the Bungle Bungle National Park and Gibb River Road. Then down to Perth, the South West and back to Port Lincoln.

With countless tracks and campsites in between, we roughed it half way around Australia.

Along the way, we picked up an side awning and some 12 volt fans in Darwin; to counter the extreme heat of the ‘Build Up’ in the norther parts of Australia, which was almost unbearable at times.

Overall, managing about 25,000kms in 3 months including a week in Perth.

After this we spent a month in Port Lincoln before driving back to Hobart via the Spirit of Tasmania and re-starting life in Tasmania in 2022.

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