Melbourne to Canberra and back - some photos

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Melbourne to Canberra and back - some photos

Post by Mark.T » Tue Mar 30, 2010 2:24 pm

Just come back from a 1200 mile camping round trip from Melbourne up to Canberra and then the New South Wales coast in our UK-export BX 19 TRS. 470 miles in 10 hours on the first day. It was not quite the BXagon, but then again there is not a small Citroen garage in every small town over here either. The car behaved well and was its first long trip after replacing a rear suspension cylinder and rear arm bearings. Only "repairs" on the way were a fuse blown by a dodgy mobile phone charger and a blown indicator bulb. Needs a good wash now though! A few photos are below...

Stop-off at Cann River where the Princes Hwy (heaeding east) meets the Monaro Hwy heading north to Canberra...
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Pulled up in front of the Australian Parliament to see if Kevin R. was at home...
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By the 70m antenna at the NASA deep space tracking centre at Tidbinbilla near Canberra...
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Stopped off for a break on the way to the coast...
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Some beautiful scenery at the coast, here crossing the bridge at Cutagee Lake...
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Camp ground was two miles down a very steep dirt road...
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Some of the local wildlife...
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And peaceful bush setting...
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Finally heading back home - "are you sure we brought all this stuff with us...?"
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The car does have a knocking from the front right suspension which was noticeable on the dirt roads so will need fixing soon. Judging by posts on this forum it will be a process of elimination. I'll keep you posted.
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Post by Defender110 » Tue Mar 30, 2010 2:53 pm

Nice one, looks like you should have imported an estate though!
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Post by Tim Leech » Tue Mar 30, 2010 2:58 pm

Great picstures mate, she just needs a good clean (and maybe a drop link or ball joint?)
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Post by rayfenwick » Tue Mar 30, 2010 4:59 pm

I agree! Great photos - thanks for posting!
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Post by mat_fenwick » Tue Mar 30, 2010 8:57 pm

I wouldn't worry about the cleaning, dirt tells a story! I'm quite jealous, I enjoy road trips/camping wild. Over here it's not that easy to find good spots where you won't be disturbed, but it's a great feeling waking up in a remote location.
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Post by scarecrow » Tue Mar 30, 2010 9:14 pm

I agree Mat. The forests in Southern Scotland are great for exploring and most of the tracks are hard for the logging lorries.

These days I just sleep the other way round in bed now and then. No idea where I am when I wake up.

Love the car - it looks so at home in Oz.
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Post by Lester » Tue Mar 30, 2010 9:23 pm

Roverman wrote:she just needs a good clean
I'd say any car that's just done a 1200 mile trip needs a clean! :roll:

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Post by mat_fenwick » Tue Mar 30, 2010 9:56 pm

scarecrow wrote:I agree Mat. The forests in Southern Scotland are great for exploring and most of the tracks are hard for the logging lorries.
Scotland is brilliant for that kind of thing. Sorry for digressing but below is a photo near the Kyle of Lochalsh from a couple of years back - was almost dark when I stopped for the night, then I woke up to this:
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Post by rayfenwick » Tue Mar 30, 2010 10:20 pm

Lester wrote:I'd say any car that's just done a 1200 mile trip needs a clean! :roll:
Having driven to Malta from England in my XM (and about to drive back next week...) I can testify to this!
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