Brendon and Robyn (Owners/Managers) have seen their fair share of outback roads. They have travelled off-road in every state of Australia. Their latest adventure was to Cape York, for the fifth time, but for this trip they took an ex-army Land Rover Perentie.
Travelling in a convoy of vehicles, Brendon and Robyn went up and back entirely on the Telegraph Track. Nolan Brook, on the Track, presented the wettest and trickiest challenge, as it has for the past few years. Of the 6 vehicles in the group, three had to be retrieved from the waters of Nolan Brook – a 2009 Toyota Hilux, a Mitsubishi Pajero and a 2000 Jeep Wrangler.
The hero of the day was the Land Rover Perentie, which was at the ready to save the drowning vessels (sorry – vehicles!). The Pajero suffered more than $2000 worth of electrical damage but was drivable; the Jeep sputtered for a few days but recovered; the Toyota was written off and sent back to Cairns by barge.
Here were some of the lessons that were learnt on the trip:
- The Perentie will do what most other vehicles can’t do and go where most other vehicles can’t go.
- It’s always a good idea to have a Perentie travelling along with your convoy - as a rescue vehicle for the modern, fancier and less hardy 4x4s.
- It is way too much fun getting about in a Perentie to keep it all to ourselves – which is why we have bought a few more to hire out!
Toby (Operations Manager/Tour Leader) has seen every corner of Australia, and everywhere in between, for both leisure and employment. In 2005 Toby and his wife Jess traveled the country for almost 2 years. Living out of the back of their 4x4 they tackled the Simpson Desert, Cape York, the Gibb River Road and many other iconic 4x4 tracks and destinations. Through his decade long work as a Parks and Wildlife Ranger, Toby and his family (Jess, Henry and Maigen) have lived in various locations across the country including South East South Australia, the Victoria River District in the Northern Territory and the Fraser Coast Region of Queensland. Toby has a Bachelor Degree in Applied Science (Parks, Recreation and Heritage) and has a passion for wildlife and environmental conservation. This passion is obvious on tours while leading wildlife spotlighting sessions, fishing or when sharing his wealth of knowledge of bush tucker, native flora and fauna and cultural history.
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