Image gallery: Land Rover Experience Tour of Australia 2015

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30 Dec 2015 13:09:27 IST

The Northern Territory of Australia comprises an area equal to France, Spain and Italy combined. It's over twicethe size of India and also has the world's oldest surviving culture that existsin areas occupied bythe Aboriginal people. The Land Rover Experience Tour of Australia 2015took us to the protected regions where these indigenous people stay in government run missions or communities. And what better way to explore the great Australian Outback than in LandRover Discovery Sports. Here are some images from the expedition.

Note the tents or 'swags' strapped to the roof of the Land Rover Discovery SportNote the tents or 'swags' strapped to the roof of the Land Rover Discovery Sport - these would be our shelter in the great Australian Outback, apart from the SUVs of course

All cars had a special accessory to monitor tyre temperatures and pressuresAll the cars in our convoy had a special accessory to monitor tyre temperatures and pressures

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Land Rover Experience Tour Australia 2015Land Rover Experience Tour Australia 2015

We saw such four wheel drive territory signs all the timeWe saw such four wheel drive territory signs all the time

We spent a lot of time in the Northern TerritoryWe spent a lot of time in the Northern Territory

We visited many ' Ghost Town's' that are completely deserted nowWe visited many ' Ghost Town's' that are completely deserted now

With Dag Rogge, Expedition LeaderWith Dag Rogge, Expedition Leader

You had to keep a sharp lookout for ruts. One Range Rover Discovery Sport broke its suspenion when the driver hit a rut at high speed.You had to keep a sharp lookout for ruts. One Range Rover Discovery Sport broke its suspenion when the driver hit a rut at high speed

We had proper dining facilities in the camp and each vehicle carried its own folding table and chairsWe had proper dining facilities in the camp and each vehicle carried its own folding table and chairs

This is a wildlife rich regionThis is a wildlife rich region

Vehicles often got stuck in the soft sand. Sand rails, man power and winches all were usedVehicles often got stuck in the soft sand. Sand rails, man power and winches all were used

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The logo was a boomerang with abroginal style paintingsThe logo was a boomerang with abroginal style paintings

The organizers carried satphonesThe organisers carried satphones

The outback is full of  abandoned ghost towns with modern housesThe outback is full of abandoned ghost towns with modern houses

The police use Toyota Land Cruisers fitted with winches and extra lightsThe police use Toyota Land Cruisers fitted with winches and extra lights

The tents or swags had to be strapped to the roofThe tents or swags had to be strapped to the roof

The Chief Minister of the region met us at the finish and turned out to be a keen car guy and very down to earth. He was also by himself and without any securityThe Chief Minister of the region met us at the finish and turned out to be a keen car guy and very down to earth. He was also by himself and without any security

The cars did kick up a lot of dustThe cars did kick up a lot of dust

The bush also has the world's biggest colony of termitesThe bush also has the world's biggest colony of termites

The Australian Bush is the 'fly capital' of the world. They are everywhere- from sunrise to sunset. I must have swallowed atleast 2 dozen while eating!!!The Australian Bush is the 'fly capital' of the world. They are everywhere- from sunrise to sunset. I must have swallowed atleast 2 dozen while eating!!!

The Australian bush is beautifulThe Australian Bush is beautiful

Sunsets in the outback are really scenicSunsets in the outback are really scenic

That's is a petrol pump in Kiwikburra, a town at the edge of the outback.That's is a petrol pump in Kiwikburra, a town at the edge of the outback

The  Fly Net was a constant companion as the Australian Outback is the 'fly capital' of the world'The Fly Net was a constant companion as the Australian Outback is the 'fly capital' of the world'

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The Australian Bush from the airThe Australian Bush from the air

Stephan and Marvin, both part of the organizing team, looking up the next day's routeStephan and Marvin, both part of the organising team, looking up the next day's route

Rejoicing at the sunrise at Ayers RockRejoicing at the sunrise at Ayers Rock

Punctures were the biggest problems with some teams having well over a dozenPunctures were the biggest problems with some teams having well over a dozen

Our very own 'Bush Barbeque'. The truck carried all kinds of frozen meat in its big refregiratorOur very own 'Bush Barbeque'. The truck carried all kinds of frozen meat in its big refregirator

Our 'Mother Ship' even had an onboard refuelling station!!!Our 'Mother Ship' even had an onboard refuelling station!!!

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One of the famous Australian 'Road Trains' that carry supplies across the massive continentOne of the famous Australian 'Road Trains' that carry supplies across the massive continent

Our - Mother Ship - The 6 X 6 wheel drive truck getting re-stocked from a plane. Water also came in the plane and was the most vital thing in the bush.Our - Mother Ship - The 6 X 6 wheel drive truck getting re-stocked from a plane. Water also came in the plane and was the most vital thing in the bush

Our Land Rover Camp on the banks of Lake Mackay- a huge salt lakeOur Land Rover Camp on the banks of Lake Mackay- a huge salt lake

Our 'Master Chef' at workOur 'Master Chef' at work

On bad stretces the co-driver would get off and guideOn bad stretces the co-driver would get off and guide

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Night driving was tough and many got lost too wherever the GPS mapping was off the mark.Night driving was tough and many got lost too wherever the GPS mapping was off the mark

My luxurious toilet travelled from Bombay to the Australian Bush, and is now resting at our last campsite. I hope to revisit it again someday.My luxurious toilet travelled from Bombay to the Australian Bush, and is now resting at our last campsite. I hope to revisit it again someday

My bush bedroom, the tents the Aussies call a swagMy bush bedroom, the tents the Aussies call a swag

Kiwikurra's resident mechanic was on hand in the small town to help us. Fortunately we needed nothing and had a good laughKiwikurra's resident mechanic was on hand in the small town to help us. Fortunately we needed nothing and had a good laugh

Look at what is written on the groundLook at what is written on the ground

Many broken down cars are abandoned in the bush, becasue it would  be just too expensive to tow them to a proper workshopMany broken down cars are abandoned in the bush, becasue it would be just too expensive to tow them to a proper workshop

Meals were magical in the bushMeals were magical in the Bush

Most of our drive was in restricted or protected areas where you needed permits and permissionsMost of our drive was in restricted or protected areas where you needed permits and permissions

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It was always party time!!It was always party time!

I saw a snake- and also this lizard.I saw a snake - and also this lizard

I really enjoyed the long hours of drivingI really enjoyed the long hours of driving

Flying off- after supplying the expeditionFlying off- after supplying the expedition

Feast in the bush- rice, chicken, prawns, veggies and of course pudding. Never had a better meal.Feast in the bush- rice, chicken, prawns, veggies and of course pudding. Never had a better meal

Farewell party on the duneFarewell party on the dune

Farewell party on a sand dune overlooking the amazing Ayers RockFarewell party on a sand dune overlooking the amazing Ayers Rock

Expedition Leader Dag Rogge welcoming everyone on the boat cruiseExpedition Leader Dag Rogge welcoming everyone on the boat cruise

Even in the middle of nowhere, on a track used by very few people, you found such warning signs. AmazingEven in the middle of nowhere, on a track used by very few people, you found such warning signs. Amazing

Drivers breifingDrivers briefing

Cuts in sidewalls were a common complaintCuts in sidewalls were a common complaint

Caught up with Henning- my German co-driver on the 2013 expedition from Berlin to BombayCaught up with Hennin g- my German co-driver on the 2013 expedition from Berlin toMumbai

Cars often got bogged down on the sand dunes- and then it was team workCars often got bogged down on the sand dunes- and then it was team work

Camp getting ready to roll at 6.00 am- our regular starting time.Camp getting ready to roll at 6.00 am- our regular starting time

At places where the bush was too thick, we had to hack our way through.At places where the bush was too thick, we had to hack our way through

At one of the campsites we even had a shower!!!What magic to see water come out of a pipe.At one of the campsites we even had a shower!!!What magic to see water come out of a pipe

Bush lookBush look

Bush BuffetBush Buffet

An indigenous Australian playing the wind instrument didgeridoo. In the backdrop is the Ayers RockAn indigenous Australian playing the wind instrument didgeridoo. In the backdrop is the Ayers Rock

An Aboriginal  bushman in western dressAn Aboriginal bushman in western dress

All helped with chopping, cooking, cleaning dishes, etcAll helped with chopping, cooking, cleaning dishes etc

At the famous Ayers RockAt the famous Ayers Ro

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