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PostPosted: Jan 29th, '16, 23:30 
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My wife and I are planning to visit our friends Marc and Bonnie in Australia (Grampians area). Also we want to travel around on our own as much as possible. We hope to spend the month of October in country. After that I personally want to visit Khe Sanh, Viet Nam. That issue is still in negotiations. :cry:

The CFO has made it clear we can visit SOME aquaponic projects BUT this is NOT an AP road trip. :naughty: :cry:

We are just beginning to plan a travel loop to experience different parts of Oz. Tentatively we will start in Adelaide. Our friends Marc and Bonnie will drive us from Adelaide to Melbourne. From there, Nancy and I want to rent a car and drive to Sydney. From there we might fly to Cairns. From Cairns we might fly to Alice Springs. At Alice Springs we are thinking of renting a car and drive back to Adelaide.

We do not want to do the typical tourist areas/traps. Maybe a museum or two. Most importantly we want to experience the average LOCAL Oz cultures.

So with that intro can any one make suggestions, offer advise, pros and cons of different sites, budgeting, expectations during travel, much detail is needed.....etc

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Haha NOT an AP. road trip..... That made me laugh ;)

So how far afield from the Grampians are you looking to go? You know you need a month just to travel between states here? Hehe mayne not quite but...if you're only here for 1 month that will certainly restrict how much you'll get around.

I hate to say it but around October you're probably better off hearing north where it's warm and any AP system should still be going hard.
Unless you feel the need to see some trout....


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WHAT!!! No W.A.!!!!!

Oh well, your loss.

Maybe next time Bob. :wink:

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I would have love to visit the birth place of AP in Oz but the CFO is calling the shots this time around :cry:

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So cunningstunter, how cold is cold in October?

From the land of the frozen chozen :)

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"how far afield from the Grampians are you looking to go? "

So far the route looks like start at Adelaide, by car to Melbourne, by car to Sidney, fly to Cairns, fly to Alice Springs, car to Adelaide. The most quantity of AP visits I could negotiate are "a few along that route".

Can anyone recommend AP systems along that route?

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Bob H wrote:
So cunningstunter, how cold is cold in October?

From the land of the frozen chozen :)


It's not too bad I guess pending where you are in our great land. I guess we're coming out of the worst of winter by then.
April through to august-sept is reasonably cold - june/July would see minus 10 (Celsius)

Don't know what you're hoping to see as far as systems go, I guess mine is fairly small and may not be packed full of plants in Oct BUT if you're going from Melbourne to Sydney and feel like seeing the nation's capital (I can almost hear everyone laughing) then there's lots to see (yes stop laughing everyone) and do (ok really stop laughing now)......

On second thoughts.... Just skip Canberra. ;)


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"April through to august-sept is reasonably cold - june/July would see minus 10 (Celsius) "

Minus 10 Celsius? :)


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Hi Bob, October is generally lovely spring weather in the SE states. We often have pleasant warm burst into the mid 20s celcius. The nights can be cool with a rare light frost (or heavier frosts in Canberra, but the days are fine afterwards!). Its getting into agricultural show and food festival season in rural Victoria. The Spring horse racing carnival starts in Melbourne culminating in the Melbourne Cup on the 1st Tuesday in November. What are you interested in? Nature, food & wine, post colonial history, indigenous culture, the folk music scene, gardens, walking, arts, sport, adventure? You can travel from Melbourne to Sydney via the inland route through Canberra with the fantastic National War Memorial and National Gallery, or via Gippsland and the coast on the Princes Highway through rich farming land and forests of East Gippsland and beautiful coastal towns off the highway. You could see humpback whales migrating close to shore at Greencape lighthouse in New South Wales.

AP systems - check out IcemanDude (Craig) at Western Aquaponics at Melton just out of Melbourne to the west. Food&fish (Milne) in Sunbury to the NW of Melbourne. Jayendra (Jay) in Warragul an hour east of Melbourne in Gippsland, including the Baw Baw community garden and Yarragon Sustainability hub. I am a hour or so further east in Gippsland. Check out Rendang in Sydney and Colum in Adelaide.

Let me know what you are interested in and I can make more specific suggestions.

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Don't forget Bathurst 1000 V8 super cars!! You can catch some great aussie culture there.

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Bob, you'll likely blow through or close to Canberra on your way to Sydney.

The war memorial (as sad as it is) is amazing, you'll need a good day to check it out even then likely not to see it all.
Perhaps take a look at my system thread and if it interests you, you could swing past. That said I'm sure there's many more systems more impressive than mine! However by the time you come to our great land which is girt by sea (haha) I will have two fish tanks, a mix of perch and trout feeding 4 media based grow beds.

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Sleepe wrote:
"April through to august-sept is reasonably cold - june/July would see minus 10 (Celsius) "

Minus 10 Celsius? :)



canberra.....


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When you fly into Alice you can rent a car from the airport.
I would recommend the Desert Palms Resort in Alice and any number of things there to occupy your time, depending on how much time you have.

As far as Adelaide goes I have only just started aquaponics myself and haven't got much to show, but by that point if I haven't gone completely mad I would have built a bigger system and made a few contacts around town regarding AP.


Adelaide to Melbourne 750 k's
Melbourne to Sydney 880 k's
Check the distances that you want to travel. Alice to Adelaide is 1500k's you might want to break that up into a few days.

The only other recommendation I would make is you stay longer.
I came on a three month holiday 21 years ago and am still enjoying it.

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And you are welcome to visit us in Sydney..
All very industrial and messy, but provided we have no serious grand-kid issues, we should be around..
There are many prime locations to visit in Sydney, the Capital of the World.. :-)
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You could visit here on your way from Adelaide to Melbourne (slight Detour) help me build my hoop house and shift my system . Catch a few fish in our Murray River Ect Ect.

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