GoSeeAustralia.com.au
Australia's Largest Caravanning Directory
 
Grampians Insurance Brokers
GoSeeAustraliaCaravan Park and Holiday Park Directory

Search GoSeeAustralia

Search Help
Advanced Search

   
www.goseeaustralia.com.au

Please Login to TravelSmart Club or Register with TravelSmart Club to enable this function.

close

Monday, 25 Apr 2005

To Perth and back by "Statesman RV"

To Perth and back by "Statesman RV"
To Perth and back by "Statesman
RV"


Aussie Travellers Pam and Alan Hislop turned their Holden Statesman into a comfortable RV and completed the return road voyage to Perth from their Geelong Victoria home.

As Alan said, when return airfares for two to Perth add up to $1,200. “Wow! Where’s Jetstar when you want them?” “So we decided to Go See Australia, drive 3,400km and have a leisurely return journey,” he said. “We varied our accommodation on the way west, used our tent whilst in Perth and utilised cabin accommodation in caravan parks for the return journey.” “We found the challenge exciting, so we wrote up our list of requirements, planned the trip with GSA’s ‘plan a trip’ facility, calculated expected fuel consumption and cost (about $420 each way) and researched our caravan park accommodation for Perth,” Alan said. 90 Miles Straight

“We made an on-line booking with credit card payment direct to Karrinyup Waters Resort, a member of the Top Tourist Parks of Australia chain. It is nice and close to Perth CBD, and we got our booking confirmation in quick time from the friendly staff. “There was some time spent hunting around in the shed at home looking for camping equipment that hasn’t been used for five years, but our list of essentials made this daunting task much easier. “Within hours, the Holden Statesman was transformed into a luxury RV with a quick check of the vehicle fluid levels and tyres,” he said. Then came the camping essentials. In went an Engel fridge, cigarette lighter adaptor cord for DC power and 15 amp power cord for caravan park AC supply. Although the 35 litre Engel fridge takes up a lot of space in the Statesman’s boot there is still plenty of room for the rest of the equipment. That includes a 3 x 3 Nomad dome tent from BBQ’s Galore, two fold up chairs, an aluminum fold-up table, picnic set, Primus Butane cooker, saucepan, fry pan, two inflatable mattresses, first aid kit, two bags of groceries, (no fruit or vegies as that needs to be surrendered at the fruit fly roadblock on the SA border), 10 litres of water, slab of beer, several bottles of favorite wine and a Banrock Station White Shiraz cask.

The back seat housed pillows, doona, two overnight bags, a backpack full of Imelda’s shoes, laptop and brief case. As Alan says, “Thank goodness for the self leveling suspension fitted as standard equipment on the Statesman”. Bull Dust as far as the eye could see In a little over four hours driving the “RV Statesman” entered SA and the Hislops felt they were really on their way west. “We had decided to end each day’s driving before Kangaroo time,” Alan said. “They pose extreme danger to motorists in the evenings and early mornings. So our plan was to drive in two hours stints to maximize our driving fitness and minimize fatigue. “A walk around the car whilst having a drink from the thermos also helps. “Authorities also recommend driving with the vehicles lights on, as roads can blend in with horizons in the long flat areas. “Driving west in early March we had an advantage with the State time differences so we turned our clocks back 30 minutes as we cross into SA and a further 45 minutes at Eucla when we crossed into WA. At Norseman, WA, add another 45 minutes And if it is Day Light Saving in the Eastern states go back another hour,” he said

The initial driving session ended in Penola via the lush green dairying areas of Western Victoria, and wool capital Hamilton, the home of the ‘Big Wool Bales’ where the dogs ride on the sheep’s back. Penola just happens to be in the the Coonawarra Wine Region, one of SA’s premium wine districts and home to some 26 cellar doors. The Hislops discovered Penola’s Chardonnay Lodge and the famous Poplars’ Restaurant and enjoyed wine tastings, great food and friendly personal attention. Day two took the ‘RV Statesman’ through the Coonawarra, via Naracoorte Caves to join the Dukes Highway at Keith where the water supply pipe follows the road right through SA. “It’s an easy run into and through Adelaide,” Alan said. “And just north of the city the Dublin Hotel has great meals. The roadhouse even has a bucket of clean fresh water for people travelling with their dogs.

“Further north we passed Snowtown, site of the infamous murders. Highway A1 follows the base of the Southern Flinders Ranges. Port Augusta has a lovely picnic area right on the beach before you cross the bridge and every imaginable takeaway food chain is right on the highway. Perth International a welcome stop “Travelling west towards Iron Knob, you notice the lowering sun shining straight into your eyes and the bitumen road becoming a reflective silver color. The country is very dry, undulating with low scrubby trees,” Alan said. “We traveled through a major wheat belt area and stayed overnight at Kimba, where the Sturt Desert Pea, SA’s National flower is grown commercially.

“There is a real change in the water quality. Being bore water it is slightly salty and hard, when you wash, the soap doesn’t lather, and it does not feel like it has washed off either. “Wirrulla Caravan Park is an overnight stop with basic facilities and an honesty box for payment. A key to the showers can be obtained from the shop or pub for $5 “Along the edge of the Great Australian Bight, limestone cliffs are magnificent.

The Nullabor Plain is “straight” driving. But as the light changes interesting colors tint the scrubby undergrowth of about 50 cm in height which covers the plain mixed with sand, clay and rocks. There is a quarantine station at Border Village near Eucla. Inspectors search vehicles for fruit, vegetables, plants and seeds, which are not allowed to be taken into WA. After Eucla the drive is interesting, with the scenery constantly changing and the road follows the Hampton Tablelands for the next 100 or so kilometers to Madura. The Eyre Highway is shared at regular intervals with the Royal Flying Doctor Service as an emergency airstrip. All vehicles must give way to aircraft landing and taking off. Steel cattle grids also cross the road and usually mark outback station boundaries. There are plenty of wayside stops, which provide shade, picnic tables, emergency telephone and toilet facilities.

The flies can also be interesting, Alan said. Fuel, accommodation, meals and refreshments can be obtained from the various self contained Roadhouse complexes about every 100 – 200kms. Because of the isolation, they also accommodate all their own staff and generate their own power supply. Most have internet facilities. There is no Telstra digital mobile phone service between Ceduna and Norseman and minimal car radio reception. The Silver Chain Hospital, with an ambulance and resident sister, is located at Eucla, while Ceduna and Kalgoorlie both have hospital facilities. There is a Royal Flying Doctor Service base  located at Norseman and  they can land in cases of emergency on designated highway areas. Vehicular ambulances are located at Caiguna, Nullarbor, Cocklebiddy, Eucla and Ceduna. Common signage warns of the collision risks posed by kangaroos, emu, camels and wombats.

“In the interests of road safety, there is a high police presence between Ceduna and Norseman,” Alan said. “Our vehicle was speed checked four times and stopped for a licence and alcohol breath check once. “Traffic levels seem high and the drive is not an easy one as your eyes are constantly darting to each side of the road watching for any wildlife movement onto the road, at the same time you dodge all the crows feasting on kangaroo carcasses littering the highway. Adelaide shores ..just a tent this time.. “The scenery includes red sand, yellow paddy melons which line the road, ghost gums and salmon gums. “The 5.7 V8 Statesman loped along at the maximum legal limits at just 1,900 rpm making the trip so enjoyable. Fuel consumption at around 10.6 litres a hundred kilometers was better than expected. “In the outback, it is customary to lift two fingers from the steering wheel acknowledging on-coming fellow traveler’s. It’s such a friendly gesture,” Alan said.

“We visited Cocklebiddy Roadhouse Motel close to the famous underwater limestone caves. Further west, headed for Norseman, we crossed the “90 Mile Straight” which is a perfectly straight section of highway for 146kms. The legendary 90 Mile Straight is treeless and the road seems to run into the sky. “Suddenly, three kangaroos hopped across the road. The Statesman ABS managed a perfectly straight emergency stop from 110 kmh with only three metres to spare, two more kangaroos followed,” he said. “From Norseman to Coolgardie we found the country uninteresting and we passed many mine entrances. We pressed on arriving at our destination in Perth at 6pm after 35 driving hours, 3,464kms and a petrol bill of $408. The V8 Statesman returned fuel consumption figures of 10.6 litres per 100km.

“We returned to Victoria, at a more leisurely pace,” Alan said. Overall for the whole trip the accommodation varied. It included Chardonnay Lodge in the Coonawarra Wine District, Kimba Hotel Motel, Cocklebiddy Roadhouse Accommodation, camping at Top Tourist Park Karringyup Waters Resort Perth, luxury Holiday Villa with Spa at Big4 Perth International Tourist Park, Villa accommodation at Family Parks of Australia Boulder Accommodation Village, Madura Pass Oasis Motel and En-suite cabin accommodation at FPA’s Streaky Bay Foreshore Tourist Park.

The Hislop’s tented again in the beautiful Big4 Adelaide Shores Tourist Resort for the Adelaide Clipsal 500 V8 supercar race and completed the tour with 4 star cabin accommodation at Top Tourist Park’s Lake Fyans Holiday Park in the Grampians region before heading home to Geelong.



 


 



 


 

LOG BOOK

 


 



 


 



 


 



 


 



 


 



 


 



 


 

Day

 


 

Temp

 


 

KMS

 


 

Ave Speed

 


 

Ave Fuel

 


 

Town

 


 

Cost

 


 

Litres

 


 

$/lit

 


 

1

 


 

17 - 24

 


 

387.0

 


 

83.0

 


 

11.4

 


 

Keith

 


 

30.00

 


 

26.5

 


 

112.9

 


 

2

 


 

15 - 31

 


 



 


 



 


 



 


 

Tailem Ben d

 


 

47.83

 


 

45.6

 


 

104.9

 


 



 


 



 


 

833.0

 


 

92.0

 


 

10.9

 


 

PtAugusta

 


 

38.30

 


 

40.0

 


 

95.9

 


 

3

 


 

14 - 36

 


 

1078.0

 


 

97.3

 


 

10.7

 


 

Ceduna

 


 

49.38

 


 

50.0

 


 

98.7

 


 



 


 



 


 



 


 



 


 



 


 

Mundrabilla

 


 

65.10

 


 

56.0

 


 

114.9

 


 

4

 


 

20 - 40

 


 



 


 



 


 



 


 

Caiguna

 


 

20.00

 


 

14.0

 


 

142.9

 


 



 


 



 


 



 


 



 


 



 


 

Norseman

 


 

61.32

 


 

52.8

 


 

116.0

 


 



 


 



 


 



 


 



 


 



 


 

Sthn Cross

 


 

40.00

 


 

35.4

 


 

112.9

 


 



 


 



 


 

1166.0

 


 

99.5

 


 

10.6

 


 

Perth

 


 

56.38

 


 

55.3

 


 

101.9

 


 

SUMMARY

 


 

3464.0

 


 



 


 



 


 



 


 

408.31

 


 

375.6

 


 

108.7

 


 



 


 



 


 



 


 



 


 



 


 



 


 



 


 



 


 



 


 



 


 

 

 


 

590.0

 


 



 


 



 


 

Boulder

 


 

78.50

 


 

63.8

 


 

117.5

 


 



 


 



 


 

270.0

 


 



 


 



 


 

Norseman

 


 

28.00

 


 

24.0

 


 

116.9

 


 



 


 



 


 



 


 



 


 



 


 

Madura

 


 

25.00

 


 

17.0

 


 

144.5

 


 



 


 



 


 

646.0

 


 



 


 



 


 

Mundblly

 


 

66.32

 


 

53.0

 


 

123.9

 


 



 


 



 


 

560.0

 


 



 


 



 


 

Ceduna

 


 

62.22

 


 

60.0

 


 

103.7

 


 



 


 



 


 

499.0

 


 



 


 



 


 

PtAugusta

 


 

53.59

 


 

50.6

 


 

101.9

 


 



 


 



 


 

426.0

 


 



 


 



 


 

T/Bend

 


 

56.50

 


 

50.0

 


 

112.9

 


 



 


 



 


 

461.0

 


 



 


 



 


 

Ararat

 


 

49.39

 


 

46.6

 


 

105.9

 


 



 


 



 


 

448.0

 


 



 


 



 


 

Geelong

 


 

58.76

 


 

56.0

 


 

104.9

 


 



 


 



 


 



 


 



 


 



 


 



 


 



 


 



 


 



 


 



 


 



 


 

3900.0

 


 



 


 



 


 

Total

 


 

886.59

 


 

796.6

 


 



 


 



 


 

Beautiful Valley Caravan Park
Beautiful Valley Caravan Park
WILMINGTON 
FLINDERS RANGES SA
Explore Alligiator Gorge, National Parks and more while staying at our friendly park
Pets welcome!
Email Us
Our Website

Rawnsley Park Station
Rawnsley Park Station
WILPENA
FLINDERS RANGES
Stay with us and explore this superb region, take a  tour, eat in our restaurant, and much more!
Email Us
Our Website


Holiday Parks
Go See New Zealand

Comprehensive
Online Directory.
for Everything
NZ Holiday Park,
RV and Camping
Related!

Email Us
GoSeeNewZealand.co.nz


Caravan Parks
Go See Australia Advertising

Promote your Caravan Park, Business or Attraction here!
Ads stay on our site permanently 
for a one-off cost.
Multiple ad packages are available.
Call us NOW!
1800 605 198

Email Us
GoSeeAustralia.com.au




www.GoSeeAustralia.com.au
 


 Refund Policy | Privacy Policy | Contact Us Copyright © 1997-2014, Contact Internet Solutions Pty Ltd.