Today our car was serviced and the problem we have with our right rear wheel was investigated (it’s getting very hot). The good news is there is something wrong with the brakes, as opposed to the wheel bearings. Some relatively minor parts needs to be replaced, brake pads and something that activates the brake.
Now for the bad news: the parts, worth about 200-250 AUD, need to come from Japan… This takes 3 to 4 weeks and we cannot drive any further with our car except for short distances (10 km or so at a time) because the break pads have worn excessively to less than 10% of being completely worn.
Our last hope for our current car, but we are not holding our breath:
So what’s next, unless a ‘miracle’ happens:
Although this seems to be disaster for our trip in Australia, this is NOT the case. This car brought us to some AWESOME places!!! And we have done most of the things we absolutely wanted to do:
The remainder, such as Kakadu National Park and traveling to Sydney, we can probably do with a hired car (2WD), except for Fraser Island but that was more of a bonus for us.
This may also allow us to do other stuff that we thought we had very limited time for… however the cost of our stay may sky rocket 🙂 (like having dinner at “Vue du Monde, one of the most expensive restaurants in Melbourne)