We’re so proud that we decided to buy a Toyota Troopcarrier for our trip around Australia. It’s taken us to some really amazing places around the country and it still amazes us with some of the things it’s capable of. Anybody who’s ever owned a Troopy will understand this appreciation. This Troopy love.
The Troopcarriers of Australia (ToA) facebook page is full of Troopy legends – some have just bought their first Troopy while others have been driving them for over 30 years. Some are fully qualified diesel mechanics and others can barely use a spanner.
Each year, the administrators of the page organise a social get-together in winter, and 2015 Winter Ramble was held at Coorongooba within the Capertee Valley in Wollemi National Park, NSW. Covering around 487,500 hectares, Wollemi National Park is the second largest conservation area in NSW and is part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. Within the park is the largest remaining wilderness area in NSW and includes rugged terrain, rainforests, swamps and amazing cliffs.
When we arrived at the campsite, there were Troopcarriers everywhere – it was overwhelming! The weekend attracted over 150 people in over 70 Troopies. The campsite was surrounded by huge sandstone escarpments. We reckon the cliffs are better than the Blue Mountains. As the site was so large, people with kids, party animals, and everyone in between could be accommodated comfortably.
After finding a nice spot to set up, we started walking around the area to meet people and check out all the Troopies. Quite a few people knew us because of Our Naked Australia or from the ToA facebook page. It was great to meet so many people who were friends we’d never met.
The event was really well organised, with raffles, event stickers and a huge campfire for everyone. We all got to vote for the award winning Troopies in various categories like: favourite, best modification, furthest travelled, and more. As the night progressed, beer cans piled higher and fires grew bigger as the smell of dinner cooking filled the air. Great music was played all night and there were even fireworks!
The morning after was a big difficult for some (Dave, haha!), but we all said goodbye to our new mates with promises made to catch up again soon. We drove out of the valley smiling to ourselves and reflecting on how the love of the Troopcarrier had brought together so many different people.