LOTS of people have been asking, well here it is, our itinerary for our Canberra to Lake Eyre and return trip!
As we pack the car (it's a Landcruiser this time, sorry old shot!) the camper and the kids the excitement is growing. It is different to last time, not only are we going for 3 weeks, not 4 months but we are prepared (I think). We know how amazing our time will be and we know that we can hande anything that gets thrown our way.
8th June 6am, leave Canberra. Overnight stopover wherever we make it to.
9th June Travel as far as we can, unsure where we will stop at this stage.
10th June PM, Arrive Maree/Lake Eyre
11th June Lake Eyre – relax/explore/get info
12th June Lake Eyre
13th June Lake Eyre
14th June Lake Eyre
15th June Leave Lake Eyre, Arrive Arkaroola
16th June Arkaroola
17th June Arkaroola
18th June Leave Arkaroola and see where we get to.
19th June wherever we got to, arrive Menindee Lakes
20th June Menindee Lakes
21st June Menindee Lakes
22nd June Leave Menindee Lakes, Arrive Lake Mungo
23rd June Lake Mungo
24th June Lake Mungo
25th June Leave Lake Mungo, Arrive ????
26th June ?????
27th June Leave ???? arrive Canberra, HOME!!
You will notice that we have no fixed plans for the last location, I think we are looking forward to seeing where we get to and stopping at a place that just looks awesome!
To give you a little reference, Canberra to Lake Eyre is roughly 1700kms, we plan to cover this in 2-3 days so that is some hefty k's to travel each day. Thankfully, there are lots of new toys in the car for the children thank to our wonderful sponsors so they should be right (fingers crossed).
Part of the fun of Road Trips is to drive and see how quickly the scenery changes. The girls love to take lots of photos out their window, of each other and most of all - themselves! Cows in the paddock become fun to spot, lunch breaks are something to look forward to and there are always goodies that Mummy packs without anyone knowing. You can stop where you want to, enjoy pottering through little country shops and when you stop for the night, make sure you say G'day to your neighbours for the night and have a chat about their adventures too.
One thing that has always stuck in my head and I have read it on many websites, visit the local pub (now not always possible with children but read on), buy a drink it doesn't have to be alcoholic! You will learn more from the local pub than any website, book or map can tell you and even though it is one drink, you are helping the local economy and encouraging the link between locals and tourism.