We’re heading Outback for a few days – (In The Landy)

The Landy and T-Van Trailer
The Landy and T-Van Trailer

Touring the harsh environment of the Australian Outback is best done in a robust vehicle designed for the job.

Mind you, in days long gone people travelled the Australian Outback in old Model T Fords…

The Landy - straight from the farm
The Landy – Straight from the farm
The Landy - Straight out of the workshop
The Landy – Straight out of the workshop

Our vehicle is a Landrover Defender 130 Twin Cab manufactured in 1995, and completely rebuilt from scratch in 2006. Up until the time we purchased the vehicle it had been used as a farm vehicle in the wine growing region of the Hunter Valley just to the north of Sydney.  We reconfigured it for long-range travel and it can cover a distance of around 1,800 kilometres without the need to refuel.

Strewth, that would be 1,100 miles…

We intentionally chose an older vehicle so we didn’t have to deal with a “computer failure” disabling the vehicle in the middle of no-where. A rare occurrence mind you, but it is a long walk from the middle of no-where in the Australian Outback!

The Landy + T-Van
The Landy + T-Van

It uses solar panels for power management and has a High-Frequency Radio for long-range communication that enables us to stay in contact even in the most remote parts of Australia.

And it can carry 100 litres of water in a specially designed stainless steel water tank.

Inside the canopy we carry an inflatable boat and outboard motor for touring the creeks and billabongs we come across in our travels, has a 60 litre fridge, and we carry a comprehensive range of spare parts, tools and tyre repair equipment.

The Landy - packed ready for adventure
The Landy – packed ready for adventure
The Landy - acked ready for adventure
The Landy – packed ready for adventure

After all, in the event of a break-down help can be hundred’s of kilometres away. We also carry a substantial medical kit.

And to enable it to cope with the harsh environment we travel in, it has specialist suspension.

The Landy and T-Van, no show ponies here!
The Landy and T-Van, no show ponies here!

The camper-trailer, a Track T-Van, is every bit as tough as the vehicle and was designed by a company that makes trailer equipment for the Australian army. It doesn’t come on all our trips, but crikey, we need to find a good reason not to take it, as it makes for a very comfortable night’s sleep.

Our go anywhere T-Van camper trailer
Our go anywhere T-Van camper trailer

Quite a change to a bivvy bag and sleeping bag on the side of an alpine mountain in the freezing cold!

Anyway, make sure you give us a wave if you see “The Landy” Out and About.

Landrovers, I love ‘em so much that I’ve got two (Janet rolls eyes 😉 )

Our other Defender - Red Rover
Baz’s Commute Vehicle  – Red Rover
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15 thoughts on “We’re heading Outback for a few days – (In The Landy)

  1. Charles Cooper April 3, 2013 / 10:10 pm

    I used to drive a defender many years ago and recently purchased a second hand Freelander for the wife . Great fun!

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    • Baz - The Landy April 3, 2013 / 10:24 pm

      Hi Charles…you have to love ’em, and nurture them sometimes, but good, solid vehicles…

      I’m a tragic, got two, and could have three – just kiddin’ Janet 😉

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  2. Carol Page-Potter March 28, 2013 / 9:03 pm

    Yeah, the Landy’s out and about!! Have a great time.

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  3. Cowboys and Crossbones March 28, 2013 / 8:03 am

    You have a Landrover entourage! Impressive gear – have fun and safe travels!

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  4. barbara grandberg March 28, 2013 / 6:38 am

    enjoy :}

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    • Baz - The Landy March 28, 2013 / 5:01 am

      Should be good, the temperatures are fairly high out there still, but we thought a good opportunity to sneak away for a few days over Easter…

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  5. theselens March 27, 2013 / 10:42 pm

    What a kit! Best of luck mate and let us know how you go.

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  6. icescreammama March 27, 2013 / 10:10 pm

    we’ll you certainly are prepared!! go get em!!

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