Getting Ready

We have been very busy getting ourselves ready for a 2 week trip over Easter to corner country, heading off this Friday. Chris has been decking out the back of the Ute, with draws, water tank, generator, freezer, lights, places for all our bits and pieces, including recovery gear, tools, spare Ute parts, tables, chairs, etc. amazing how much we need/want to carry. We also have 3 x 120amp/hr AGM batteries in the back of the Ute as well as 1500watt inverter. It still needs some finishing touches but it’s all done enough for this trip. It’s been a massive job; Chris has done an excellent job. It should all make setup and pack up a lot quicker and be more self-sufficient. Once the setup is fully completed I will post some photos.

We have put a Metalink Canopy on the back of the Ute which is what is being decked out, ARB steel winch bulbar, Safari snorkel, side steps, 2 reversing cameras, one over the number plate for seeing little kids and for hooking up and another high on the back of the canopy overlooking the trailer and seeing everything behind. Driving lights, winch, CB still to be added. (Next trip)

This will be the longest trip so far in the Aussie Swag camping trailer, a good test run for our 8 week trip later in the year to the Red Centre. This trip we leave Brisbane and head west to Cameron Corner, Innamincka, Cordilla Downs, up to Hadden Corner, Birdsville, hopefully a quick run out to Big Red for a look. Then head back east with stops at Welford National Park, Salvator Rosa, Kaka Mundi and Mt Moffatt areas of Carnarvon Gorge National Park, Mitchell and then home. That’s the rough plan anyway, of course depending time and on the weather. Roads in some of these areas can be closed with only a slight bit of rain. In fact one road we will be travelling on has only just been opened after some recent rain closed the road for several weeks, another is still closed, hopeful it will be open by the time we need to travel on it. If we do hit bad weather we will just point our nose south, Chris is keen to hit the High Country again.

We have purchased a 12mth Desert Parks Pass as it’s needed for Innamincka Regional Reserve which covers most of the Innamincka area. We will also need this pass for our trip later in the year.

I’ve been busy doing all the odd jobs, sorted out a fly/mosquito net over a beach umbrella so we have a quick place to set up to get away from any flies to eat meals in piece. Getting excited for the trip, Chris has been too busy to get excited so I’m excited for the two of us. It should be an awesome trip; we were inspired to do this trip after watching a Mr 4×4 DVD.

Next G mobile internet is a bit limited in these areas so not sure how much posting will be done on the road but will certainly update the site when we get back.