The Mystery Machine

December 6, 2009 · 29 comments

Finally, after months in Perth, I am ready to set off across the outback to Eastern Australia. I will be taking the southern route via a camper van I own (as oppose to rent) at my own pace with the intention to bring in 2010 on Harbour Bridge in Sydney watching the fireworks over the Opera House. I won’t be tackling it alone, I have my travel partner Alex accompanying me, who I’m sure will be a great asset for tackling a desert with.

Anyway! It is time to reveal my camper van to the world, it’s already done a few rounds in Australia so a veteran at this game, I figured it would be easier to take a video (presented by yours truely) rather than shoot photos and write about it, but as it turns out, getting a video right takes a lot of thought, direction and editing, so I’m not sure if I’ll be doing much more in the future, depends what sort of reception this gets. Enough with the blabbing on, here is The Mystery Machine:

Apologies for video quality, I’m pretty sure that’s all YouTube’s fault though.

Ready for action!

Ready for action!

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Chris December 6, 2009 at 4:10 PM

Hi Rob, I like your Mystery Machine, we are also traveling in the east coast of Australia; our van is Milky Way.
For me traveling by camper van is the best.
Take care

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Abbie December 6, 2009 at 5:23 PM

Awesome – can’t wait to hear about the trip!!!

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Shannon OD December 6, 2009 at 5:29 PM

How fun! Looks like you are ready to head out! I love that you’ll be riding around in the mystery machine :-)
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AdventureRob December 6, 2009 at 5:55 PM

Thanks y’all n_n
.-= AdventureRob´s last blog – Other Cheap Methods of Getting Across Australia =-.

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Candice December 7, 2009 at 3:54 PM

DAMN I can’t wait to hear about this adventure. This is definitely the way to travel, I love it. I think the video thing rocks.

Lol @ the kangaroo thing…and the spider spray makes me never want to come to Australia.
.-= Candice´s last blog – The Three Best Kept Travel Secrets in the History of the Universe =-.

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AdventureRob December 7, 2009 at 4:22 PM

Thanks Candice :-) I was thinking of doing a few videos on the move across Australia, but from how this one took to do (over 50 takes to get that believe it or not) I’m not so sure.

I’m going to use a can of deordorant and a lighter on any spiders that come close I think… just to be sure.

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Amiee December 7, 2009 at 8:44 PM

Oh my – that is awesome! You are sooooo living my dream. Love the sun roof and surf rack.
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Candice December 8, 2009 at 6:15 PM

Really? Ouch. Why 50?
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AdventureRob December 9, 2009 at 4:09 AM

Aimee – someone has to do it – live the dream whilst you’re still young and good looking!

Candice – 50 because I suck at presenting videos, using wrong words and numbers. Am seriously considering an outtake video though if I can learn how to bind some videos together and edit them.
.-= AdventureRob´s last blog – Other Cheap Methods of Getting Across Australia =-.

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David December 13, 2009 at 11:28 AM

Hey Rob – camper van looks great. I’m going to be doing a similar thing around Australia next year and was wondering what kind of price you paid for the van?

Best of luck with your journey!

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Heather Carreiro January 23, 2010 at 6:11 PM

What a great way to strike up conversation with other travelers!

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Moonbadger February 1, 2010 at 9:38 AM

Great vehicle, i especially like the big can of spider repellant. Essential traveling gear

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AdventureRob February 2, 2010 at 4:13 AM

David – Got the van cheap, but it needed some repairs and registration, so totalling that you’re looking at about $3500-4000

Heather – It’s good for striking up conversation with anyone to be honest :-) Have people always asking for photos of it.

Moonbadger – I was actually lucky and never had to use the spider spray in the end :-) There is still time though in the 2nd trip I shall be doing in it later.
.-= AdventureRob´s last blog – Mystery Machine = Win Again =-.

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Moonbadger February 2, 2010 at 9:20 AM

Better to be safe then sorry i guess, best of luck to you and the mystery machine on your second trip :P
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Temperence March 13, 2010 at 2:42 AM

Wow, that’s really neat. It would be so cool to ride around on that :) All you need a scooby like dog and your good to go.

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Retro Fashions March 17, 2010 at 4:59 PM

That is a very cool vehicle, I really enjoyed reading this blog and watching that video. You have a good style of writing. Thanks!

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AdventureRob March 19, 2010 at 3:16 AM

Thanks for comments everyone.

Currently selling the Mystery Machine too in Brisbane, run out of money and need to leave this expensive country!
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Kerner March 19, 2010 at 4:15 PM

Wow! I never thought i would ever see a real scooby doo van! I love that cartoon! and you have really done a great job with the van! amazing stuff! Do you have all the gadgets installed as well? i bet you do!

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Anthony March 25, 2010 at 6:00 AM

I love it! amazing stuff ! you must really love Scooby Doo! I really coudlnt get enough of it when i was a kid! still watch it on and off when it goes on tv! love that dog!

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Joseph March 30, 2010 at 3:31 PM

Oh, I loved this cartoon! Everyday after school I would always come home looking forward to watch this! the job with the van is fantastic! great job man! seriously it really does look a lot like it!

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Pam April 7, 2010 at 3:14 PM

omg! i used to watch scoobydoo as a child, i love your van and i love the idea of what you are doing, hope you have an amazing time and lots of fun, sounds awesome!

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AdventureRob April 11, 2010 at 2:45 AM

No gadgets inside except my camera and laptop I’m afraid :-)
.-= AdventureRob´s last blog – Lessons From a Year of Travel =-.

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AdventureRob April 11, 2010 at 2:46 AM

I liked Scooby Doo as a kid but I really can’t tell you much about it, I wouldn’t say I love it, but it’s certainly an awesome theme to base a campervan around :-)
.-= AdventureRob´s last blog – Esperance =-.

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JayJay April 16, 2010 at 4:51 AM

It certainly is adventure bob! it looks amazing! so much like the the scooby van actually, brilliant replica! yeah it wasnt my favourite cartoon either, but i still enjoyed watching it!
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FunTarifa April 28, 2010 at 10:56 AM

Amazing the Scooby-Doo Travel Van. Really prepared for adventure.

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Alien Lover September 8, 2010 at 12:22 PM

Dude you have the coolest camper van i ever did see!

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Mark Jamieson March 27, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Hi Mate, stubbled across your website whilst surfing the web. Just thought I’d let you know that me and my girlfriend at the time bought this van when we were travelling Oz in 2005/6. It was plain white and she was a big scooby doo fan, so we painted it up. Had a great time in it. Good to see it was still on the road a year ago.

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=118171310147&set=a.118167545147.131611.667495147&theater

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=118171285147&set=a.118167545147.131611.667495147&theater

Hope your travels in it went well.

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AdventureRob March 29, 2011 at 3:08 AM

Awesome, thanks very much for photos. It’s nice to see it’s origins! As it has quite a high turnover there is a few owners who have scribbled their names on it now over the past 5 years.

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