The Bailey Australia West 2 East Challenge started at the most westerly point of the country, Denham in Western Australia, on 21st August 2015 and the team then travelled eastwards through the centre of the country arriving at the most easterly point, Byron Bay in New South Wales, 14 days later on 3rd September 2015.
This extreme challenge took the caravans through some of the most remote parts of Australia passing iconic Outback locations such as Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Alice Springs in the Northern Territory and Birdsville in Queensland, travelling over approximately 2,200 kilometres of gravel, dirt and corrugated roads in the process.
The vehicles used on the challenge were the first two Bailey Rangefinder models to be built in Australia.
During the two week trip both caravans stood up to everything the Australian Outback could throw at them and safely negotiated all of the obstacles put in their path, managing to complete this marathon of endurance almost totally unscathed and in doing so demonstrated that they could hold their own in even the toughest conditions.
As in the UK, one of the key selling points for Bailey caravans in Australia is the Alu-Tech body shell construction system. This fully patented technology produces vehicles that are more robust, more durable and yet lighter than those manufactured using conventional methods and offer greater protection against the elements to keep owners comfortable, safe and secure all year round – making caravans manufactured this way ideally suited for the rugged terrain and harsh climatic conditions found ‘Down Under’. To date over 65,000 Alu-Tech leisure vehicles have been built and are being enjoyed all over the world.
Watch Part 1 of the W2E Challenge below, following the first half of the trip from Denham to Alice Springs.
Part One of the W2E Challenge
Watch Part 2 of the W2E Challenge, from Alice Springs to the finish line in Byron Bay.