Your birding vehicle

To: "Graham Etherington" <>, <>
Subject: Your birding vehicle
From: "Ross Smith" <>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2006 12:01:15 +1000
Gooday all,

My two bobs worth. Having a 4X4 vehicle gives us that little bit of
insurance and confidence to venture down a wet and slippery rain forest road
or some sandy track etc. Yes in days gone by I have taken my 2 wheel drive
in far worse places than my present vehicle. But that was when I was young
and adventurous and with other lads. No way would my wife come with me on
some of out birding jaunts without the insurance of a 4X4, even though it
has so far only got us out of trouble two times in the 4 years we have owned
it. So in summation - a 2 wheel drive will get you there 90% of the time but
you may be a lot more apprehensive and choosy about where you go.

For the record we have a Holden Frontera and love it. We pull an off road
camper trailer.

Ross smith

-----Original Message-----
 Behalf Of Graham
Sent: Thursday, 23 February 2006 8:35 PM
Subject: Your birding vehicle

Hi everyone,
I'm expecting to move from the UK to Brisbane at the end of March or
the beginning of April. I'm planning of spending a lot of time
birding, probably going away for birding trips every other weekend, by
My question is this - do you really need 4x4 to fully enjoy the best
of QLD/NWS birding? I know I'll need something with plenty of space
for camping gear and the like, but I'd be interested to see how many
Australian birders use 4WD vehicles (and where you use them).
I've visited Queensland once before and thought that a good off-road
vehicle would have been handy sometimes, especially at places such as
Noosa Plain and Lamington.
Also, what about the various different types of 4x4. I know about the
usual Nissan Patrols and Toyota Landcruisers, but what about the
'station wagon' type 4x4. Anyone use one of them?
So, what I'm really after is comments from birders about what they
drive (4x4 or other), how they think their vehicle copes with birding
terrain, how necessary they consider a 4x4 to be, and where they spend
most of their time birding.

Looking forward to joining you all in Oz and meeting up with some of
the local birders in Queensland.
Best wishes,
Graham Etherington
Norwich, UK
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