Grey nomads walk away from Outback rollover

Published: April 22, 2015

There has been yet another caravan rollover involving grey nomads in Outback Australia.

In the latest incident, a Queensland couple walked away with only cuts and bruises after their 4WD and caravan crashed on a remote Northern Territory road.

The man and woman, in their 70s, came to grief on the unsealed Shady Camp Road near the Stuart Point Wilderness Lodge, about 110 kilometres east of Darwin. The road the pair were travelling on leads to Shady Camp, a popular fishing location on the Mary River system.

According to the ABC, another motorist came across the crash site, then drove to the lodge to raise the alarm because there is no mobile phone

CareFlight medics treat injured grey nomads after rollover

CareFlight medics treat a person at the scene of the rollover. PIC: (Supplied) CareFlight

coverage in the area.

The CareFlight TIO Rescue Helicopter was despatched to the scene. The couple, who are from the Gold Coast and were planning on spending winter in the north, were treated by the CareFlight doctor and nurse for cuts and bruises and then flown to Royal Darwin Hospital.

They were in a stable condition when the helicopter landed at the hospital after yesterday’s accident.

In the past few weeks, there have been a series of caravan rollovers involving grey nomads.

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Robert Buckley
7 years ago

It’s certainly a wake up call, it would be beneficial to other grey nomads if the cause of the incident was publisized so they can be more astute as to avoid falling into the same traps.

Rob & Pam King
7 years ago

It’s more about driving to the road conditions, we have towed a 20 ft standard road caravan across the Plenty Hwy from Alice Springs to Tobermory, up to Urandangi on to Camooweal then to Burketown and across to Cairns then up to Aurukun, with out any broken bits falling off. At times we where travelling at 10 to 20 klm’s per hour across corrugations to avoid damage. It is imperative if you want to travel on DIRT roads with or without off road caravans YOU MUST TRAVEL TO THE ROAD CONDITIONS AS THEY ARE. Remember haste makes waste, the fish will still be there even if you are a couple of hours late.

John Macey
7 years ago
Reply to  Rob & Pam King

if you have a tyre pump available you can take the bounce out off your vehicle by letting down the tyre pressure around 25 psi., this will give you a softer more controllable ride with less bounce

Wendy Semple
7 years ago

Pleased everyone is safe but it’s a reminder about lack of communication. Everyone travelling in the outback needs to have a satellite phone. They are not cheap but what value is your life?


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