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2 families, 5 days, 1 adventure

The more the merrier they say, so over the extended Anzac day weekend we rolled south with two vehicles packed to the rim with ten people, four tents and all the other essentials for an awesome bush camping adventure. “Expedition members” were the five of us, our dear friends Aaron and Theresa with their two kids and Guro our visiting student from Norway. A group spanning age classes from under one to over forty years. Kudos to Aaron & Theresa for taking a 9 month old angel out bush!
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Destination for the four nights were two areas at “that french named” national park (D’Entrecasteaux) about four hours south of Perth. The plan was to stay two nights close to Pemberton at Leaning Marri NP camp and then move south to Moores Hut camp to explore the area there. As it goes with 4WD adventures, that plan remained a plan yet reality looked a bit different…

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Off and away again

New trip, new plans and many improvements.

New trip

Where to? A nice, picturesque round through south-east WA. Through the Wheatbelt, into the Goldfields, into the big pit, down to the Nullarbor Plain, South to the coast at Cape Arid and then west along the coast with a one week stop over based in Bremer Bay. So much landscape, bush and 4wdriving to take in, it yet again will take a while to process everything. Approximately 2000 km, haven´t done the maths yet, you can do the maths here, day by day: Hema cloud

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New plans

Hhmm, well the plan was to this time actually report from the trip. Plans are plans and plans can change. It´s just not happening. The days are packed with adventures, no space for typing away on something. Looking into the stars has more value. And the WordPress App doesn’t´t really work offline anyway (pictures).

So we are back to the same procedure as last time, we are back from the bush and will gradually report from our adventure, chapter by chapter.

Many improvements

Remember the list of things we wished to do better this time? We figured out almost all of them and it was a treat. On the way back we actually couldn’t´t really find anything that we should change for next time. The solutions to the issues will get it´s own post some time soon. The long-range tank and the water and rubbish solutions on the rear bar improved things a lot.

An enormous difference

Notice the black L on the back of the Cruiser? Yes, the teenager in the family now holds a WA Learners permit and has started her driving lessons on the Holland Track. Is that awesome or what?

After the trip is before the trip (2/2)

Following up on the things we did right on our last trip, here the..

Top 5 things we hope to do better next time:

1. Plan ahead

This one sounds really silly and yet it´s the most fundamental one. Of course one plans ahead, right? Well, if you are going bush, you need to plan ahead just a little bit more. Especially when you base your expectations on European experience. Where did we fail?
  • Outside of the cities you actually need cash, so bring a fair bit of cash.
  • The combination of a fully packed 4WD, a big engine, a rather small tank (85l) and rather large distances between service station is not to underestimate. The machine stopped after only 450 km, that´s not much. So, a long range tank or some jerry cans are a must.
  • You are going out into the wild, you´ll take it as it comes, right? We almost learned the hard way that certain areas (Steep Point) actually need a permit that people apply for 10 months ahead!! Same goes for camp spots there. So, do your research on the locations that need a booking and book ahead, well ahead.
  • The further you go from the Cities, the sparser the supermarkets and the thinner the selection there. The longer and the more detailed you plan your meals, the better you can shop for ingredients, and pack the right amount in parts before leaving. Think about the quantities and how annoying it may be to drag around 1 litre olive oil instead of a small container that is sufficient for the trip.

2. Where to put the rubbish?

You most likely have a superb packing system for your vehicle and you know exactly what goes where. At least when you leave home. Latest after the first night and the first meals you start to carry around a fair bit of waste, likely yucky food waste. We used standard shopping bags and that was not good enough. Especially as you don´t have a “place” for those bags, they fly around in the trunk and the risk for a ripped open rubbish bag is not particularly nice. We hope to find a better solution next time. Suggestions? No, those “4WD-camping-rubbish bags” aren´t the solution either, they are far to big.

3. Laundry management

When it comes to packing and organising your things one issue is often forgotten, where to put the laundry that starts piling up over the days. A proper cloths packing system is crucial with 5 people in one car, sharing two duffle bags for all neccesities. that works all good with these handy zipper-dividing-bags, until you start to accumulate dirty cloths that need to go somewhere. A plastic bag that fits in somewhere in the trunk? Not so good. We actually haven´t yet fully figured out the ultimate hack for this issue. Best we could come up with is an additional, very light and very flexible dividing bag that can separate the laundry from the rest of the clothing items. As the laundry bag gradually increases, parts of the fresh clothes move from one to the other bag (which shrinks in the same time). In the end this would lead to one bag with laundry and one with cloths. Sounds good does it?

4. Firewood

This is not such a big issue as campfires aren’t allowed in most of WA and especially in national parks but if you find yourself at a location where it actually is allowed, you can bet that there isn´t any firewood. So, carry it with you! You would´t want to touch that forgotten, small pile of firewood over there anyway, would you? Snakes like such places …

5. Fly-net (for your head)

Yes they look ridiculous but yes these flies can drive you MAD when you have them all over you the second after you step out of your vehicle.

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Alright, once we´re at it, here are the top 8 things we shall/want/would like to do to the machine before we head bush next time:

8 Most desired Land Cruiser updates

  • Wheel alignment – She´s pulling to much to the left, the left swivel hub needs eccentric bearings to correct the camber (That´s what the no bullshit guys say)
  • Rear bumper / dual wheel carrier – In an emergency reverse, the original plastic (!?) bumper got bent. Time to swap for the real thing, with one wheel and one jerry can holder.
  • Long range tank – 85 liters is not enough and x jerry cans on the roof rack are wrong
  • Drawers – boxes are nice, drawers would be very nice
  • Suspension – will need an upgrade after installing the last three items, also one shock is leaking a bit.
  • Roof rack storage bags – We have real estate up there that would work fine for snorkelling gear / toys and maybe even sleeping bags
  • 3 inch exhaust – For better fuel efficiency, and sound 😉
  • Any other suggestions?

Avon Valley National Park sunday outing

One of the closest parks, just under an hour NE from Perth with quite picturesque wilderness and landscape carved out by the Avon River. It´s the northern limit of WAs Jarrah forests and rich of wildlife. We saw a bunch of kangaroos outside of the park and an Emu running away when it caught sight of us.


It was quite a nice four wheel drive as well as the heavy rains throughout the last days had filled up some of the track´s depressions to adventurous levels. Even had to put the machine in low gear to get out of one waterhole 😉

After traversing the park, we stopped for a bbq in Toodyay, happy boys all around 🙂