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SEPTEMBER 2012

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Fatal distraction

Deadly in-car habits

More for members

A new partnership that could

save you thousands

To a tee

Five of the best Aussie golf courses

Gems of

the Dampier

Peninsula

A close-up look at the Kimberley coast

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september 2012

President

Robert Bradley

Council Members

Doug Phillips (Vice-President),

David Booth, Graeme Buckley,

Daryl Manzie, Brian Measey, Suzanne

Morgan, Mark Rowberry, Mark Sweet,

Sharon Winks.

General Manager

Edon Bell

Office

79–81 Smith Street

DARWIN NT 0800

Postal Address

GPO BOX 2584

DARWIN NT 0801

Phone (08) 8925 5901

Fax (08) 8925 5902

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ntmotor

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Marija Filipovic

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To a tee – 22

CONTENTS

FEATURES

06 Fatal distraction

The dangers of inattentive driving

09 Save on groceries and fuel

Our new partnership with Woolworths

20 Gems of the Dampier Peninsula

A close-up look at the majestic

Kimberley coast

22 To a tee

The top five Aussie golfing

experiences

COMPETITIONS

05 WIN a car care gift pack

08 WIN a model car

18 WIN a boating safety kit

REGULARS

04 Welcome

04 In brief

05 Insight

10 Shopping

12 Show Your Card & Save

13 Approved Repairers

14 New and used car reviews

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welcome

in brief

BY Marija Filipovic

EDITOR

Every morning on my way to work, I

lose count of the number of people I

see eating their breakfast, putting on

their lipstick, listening to music with

earphones in or talking animatedly to

passengers. I’ve also lost count of the

number of times I’ve seen these same

people almost crash into another vehicle

or swerve to miss an obstacle. The car

has morphed into an extension of our

homes and offices and we often forget

the effects this has on in-car behaviour.

This edition, we investigate just how

dangerous these in-car distractions can

be. Turn to page 6 to find out.

We’re also pleased to share a new

partnership between Australia’s

motoring clubs and Woolworths.

The arrangement could save you and

your family thousands of dollars at

supermarket checkouts and at other

retailers. We’ve got all the details on

page 9.

In travel, we explore the majestic

Kimberley with a look at the hidden

gems hiding on Cape Leveque (page 20)

just on our doorstep. There’s something

for the golfers too, as Australian

professional golfer Greg Dowling takes a

look at the best places in the country to

tee off for golfers of all levels, and he’s

given us his top local pics too (page 22).

We also road test the new Volkswagen

Scirocco (page 14), the Mazda CX-5

(page 15) and see how the Kia Rio fares

in the used-car market (page 16).

As usual there are also plenty of

competitions, motoring news (page 17),

shop specials (page 10) and travel info

(page 18).

Safe motoring!

Marija Filipovic

Editor

NOTICE OF

AANT ANNUAL

GENERAL MEETING

Notice is hereby given that the

Forty-Ninth Annual General Meeting of

the Automobile Association of Northern

Territory Inc. will be held at the Mantra

Esplanade, Darwin, on Tuesday

23 October 2012 at 6pm.

BUSINESS

1. To confirm the minutes of the

Annual General Meeting held on

18 October 2011.

2. To receive the Annual Report and

Audited Accounts for the year ended

30 June 2012.

3. To elect three members to the Council

in accordance with Rule 17 of the Rules

of the Association.

The following nominations for

election to the Council have been

received, with three to be elected:

• Mr Mark Sweet

• Mr Mark Rowberry

• Mr Darryl Manzie

4. To appoint an auditor for the 2012–13

financial year in accordance with Rule

43 of the Rules of the Association. The

following nominations for the Auditor

were received:

KPMG Darwin – Audit

BDO Audit (NT)

Merit Partners Pty Ltd

5. To deal with any other business of

which due notice has been given.

By order of the Council.

FINANCIAL REPORTS

In accordance with section 44 of

the Northern Territory of Australia

Associations Act, the audited statement

of accounts of the AANT Inc. will be

available for inspection by members at:

AANT, 79–81 Smith Street, Darwin,

from 8 October 2012.

VOTING AT

THE ANNUAL

GENERAL MEETING

In accordance with Rule 15 of the Rules of

the Association, only financial Full and Life

members of the Association are entitled

to vote at meetings of the Association.

If you are unable to attend the AANT

Annual General Meeting at 6pm on

Tuesday 23 October 2012, and you want

another person (your proxy) to attend and

vote on your behalf, you can choose any

person who is a member of the AANT as

your proxy, or you may choose the Chair

of the Meeting to act on your behalf.

Proxy Forms are available at: AANT, 79–81

Smith Street, Darwin, or www.aant.com.au

NOTE: The appointment of a proxy

relates solely to any vote taken at the

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

or any adjournment of that meeting.

The completed Proxy Form should be

mailed to AANT, addressed as follows:

AGM Proxy, General Manager, AANT Inc.,

GPO Box 2584, DARWIN NT 0801.

In accordance with Rule 34, completed

Proxy Forms must be received by the

General Manager before 5pm

on Wednesday, 17 October 2012.

Competition Winners

Congratulations to the following winners from ntmotor June 2012.

Ugly Fish sunglasses: SJ Pardon, Larrakeyah.

Three-piece luggage set: M Koponen, The Gardens.

Model car: K Noble, Winnellie.

4 sept 2012


insight

Goodbyes

After more than 15 years, Brian Measey is retiring

from his position as an AANT Councillor.

Since his appointment in September 1997,

Brian has been instrumental in a number of AANT

projects, and has offered crucial behind-the-scenes

support, without ever seeking the limelight.

As a well-connected and entrepreneurial

businessman – having founded Thrifty Rent

A Car in the Northern Territory – he’s been a

valuable asset to the AANT Council and the wider

community. He’s also lent valuable support to a

number of community groups, such as Variety NT,

local sporting clubs and charitable organisations.

Brian was awarded AANT Life Membership in

2011 for his contributions. His ability to get things

done, his fair attitude and wicked sense of humour

will be greatly missed.

In place

As we mentioned last edition, works are still

continuing in the AANT building.

We’d like to reassure members that it’s

business as usual and access is still through

the main door to the annexe.

And despite all the activity going on,

you can still expect the great, friendly

service you’re used to.

Brian Measey

BY ROBERT BRADLEY

AANT PRESIDENT

In the last edition of ntmotor, I mentioned

that the AANT had FIA funding for a road

safety initiative on Groote Eylandt. I’m

pleased to announce that as part of its

commitment to ‘The Decade of Action on

Road Safety,’ the Australian Automobile

Association (AAA) has now contributed

top-up funds to the project. We expect to

get the first group of mentors active on site

in September.

Last edition’s election coverage segment

received some excellent feedback from our

members. I congratulate the new Territory

Government and wish them well. The

AANT will continue to lobby for the best

possible outcomes for the motoring public

of the Northen Territory. For full details on

these promises, refer to the AANT website.

Earlier this year, the AAA published the

AusRap (Australian Road Assessment

Project) report, which highlighted the

accident rates on all Australian highways.

Of special interest to the Northern Territory

was that the Darwin to Pine Creek section

of the Stuart Highway is rated as the most

dangerous link in Australia. The second

phase of the AusRap program is to assess

the physical attributes of the roads and

assign a star rating and the results will be

published when available.

Finally, after 15 years of outstanding

contribution to the Association, Brian

Measey, a Life Member of the AANT, has

decided to retire and with great reluctance,

the Council accepted his resignation. We

wish Brian and his wife Pat all the best for

the future.

WIN

AN ARMOR ALL ENHANCED CAR CARE GIFT PACK

Car care is more than just maintaining the look of

your car – it’s about maintaining comfort and safety

while driving. This Armor All gift pack includes

a one-litre bottle of Wash and Wax, 250mL of

protectant, glass cleaner, multi-purpose cleaner and

a large sponge.

For your chance to win, write your name, address

and AANT Membership Number on the back of – or

inside – an envelope and post it to:

ntmotor car care gift pack competition

Automobile Association of the NT Inc.

GPO Box 2584

DARWIN NT 0801

Bob Bradley

AANT President

Conditions: The competition commences 10 September 2012 with the last mail on 29 October 2012. Prize value in Australian dollars. Total

prize pool is valued at $38.95. Entry is open to Northern Territory residents only who are members of AANT. The first entry drawn that fulfils the

competition criteria will win the prize. The draw will take place at AANT, 79−81 Smith Street, Darwin, at 2pm 30 October 2012. The winner will

be notified by mail or phone within 14 days of the draw date. The winner will be published in the December 2012 issue of ntmotor, published

3 December 2012. Prizes cannot be exchanged or redeemed for cash. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount. The

promoter is the Automobile Association of the Northern Territory Inc., 79−81 Smith Street, Darwin, NT 0800 ABN 13 431 478 529.

www.aant.com.au

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oad safety

Fatal

distraction

Inattentive driving accounts for at least a third

of crashes on Australian roads every year.

As Marija Filipovic explores, in-car distractions

can come in all shapes and sizes.

Hopping in a car once involved simply driving from point A to point B – something

you might do to relax on a Sunday afternoon to get away from the hustle and

bustle of the daily grind. But with the non-stop bleeping of mobile phones, more

advanced in-car gadgets and demands on our time, getting behind the wheel can feel

like stepping into an office.

As General Manager AANT Edon Bell explains, there are many things that can divert

your focus when driving.

‘Any activity that competes for your attention while you should be focusing on the road

is considered to be a distraction,’ he says.

‘That can range from talking on a phone or texting, fiddling with entertainment systems,

self-grooming or even talking to passengers.

‘All these things can affect how drivers control a vehicle and their awareness of what’s

happening around them,’ says Mr Bell.

What’s more, driving is a complex task and undertaking different activities when

your hands should be on the wheel and your eyes on the road can affect your driving

performance in different ways.

There are four main types of distraction:

Visual – your eyes aren’t on the road and the driving conditions.

Auditory – focusing on sounds and signals that aren’t associated with driving;

for example, listening to the radio or having a conversation.

Physical – removing one or both of your hands from the steering wheel to do

something other than drive.

Cognitive – taking your mind off the road and the task of driving.

Take a look at the most common in-car distractions and how they affect your

driving performance.

6 sept 2012


Mobile phones

Using a mobile while driving is not only

illegal, it’s dangerous. Research shows

that drivers who use a hand-held mobile

phone are up to four times more likely to

be involved in a crash.

‘Talking on a phone reduces reaction

times and affects your decision-making

processes and judgment calls,’

Mr Bell says.

‘What’s more, not having both hands on

the wheel makes maintaining your speed

and position on the road more difficult,’

he says.

In fact, research by the British Transport

Research Laboratory shows reaction times

are actually 30 per cent slower when

talking on a hand-held mobile phone than

when drink driving and 50 per cent slower

than in normal driving conditions.

Furthermore, people spend about

three to four seconds, on average, looking

at a text while driving – that’s like driving

with your eyes closed for the same period

of time.

And while many drivers think they can

multi-task, the brain can’t actually switch

between tasks. What actually occurs is

what psychologists refer to as ‘inattentive

blindness’, which creates a tunnel-vision

effect that prevents you from recognising

all the details surrounding you, particularly

in your peripheral vision [see 'Spot the

difference', page 8].

Although using a hands-free

system might seem preferable,

emerging research

suggests it may not be

much safer.

GADGETS AND GIZMOS

Modern vehicles have dozens of dials and

buttons for nifty features that allow you to

listen to music, watch movies, see behind

you or navigate your route. However, while

it means you can say goodbye to complex

map coordinates and sing along to your

favourite songs, fiddling with controls

and gadgets is one of the most common

causes of driver inattention.

Whether you’re turning on the air

conditioner or swapping a CD, we’re all

guilty of fiddling with in-car controls.

It may only be for a split second, but

that’s all it takes for you to lose control of

your car.

Indeed, the NSW Taxi Council reports

even looking away quickly can slow

reaction times by over half a second –

the equivalent to almost 10m if you’re

travelling at 60km/h.

What’s more, a study by Monash

University’s Accident Research Centre

found that participants who frequently

changed CDs deviated from their lane and

glanced away from the road more often

and had longer driving times than those

people who were eating or talking on a

mobile phone.

TIPS:

• Mount any devices out of your line of

sight so they don’t obstruct your view

while driving.

• Don’t program or adjust settings while

you’re moving.

• Activate any voice controls

where possible.

• Familiarise yourself with the route you’re

going to take before you leave.

• If you’ve got a passenger in the car with

you, get them to navigate the way as

well as adjust in-car controls.

• Wait until you’re parked or stationary

to adjust settings or play with

entertainment systems.

Images © iStockphoto.

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oad safety

Can you spot the difference?

make eye contact or use your hands

while speaking.

‘All of these things make it harder for

you to maintain control of your vehicle,’

Mr Bell explains.

But it’s not all bad. Passengers can

also protect you from dangers, by

alerting you to hazards you might not

have seen and they can also respond to

environmental changes.

Talking on a phone while driving actually prevents your brain from processing all

the details around you – what psychologists refer to as ‘inattentive blindness’.

Here’s a representation of what a driver might perceive when they’re not talking on

the phone (left) and when they’re talking on a hands-free or hand-held phone (right).

Source: A study by David Strayer et al. in The Psychology of Learning and Motivation © Elsevier.

EATING AND DRINKING

With drink holders now standard features

in cars and fast-food drive-throughs on

every corner, it’s no wonder eating while

driving is an often overlooked danger. In

fact, as many as 70 per cent of people are

guilty of regularly snacking and drinking

behind the wheel, with almost two per

cent of drivers involved in accidents

distracted by these acts.

But did you know, it can be just as

dangerous as texting or talking on the

phone and can double your crash risk?

Research by the University of Leeds

earlier this year suggests that eating

while driving can slow your reaction time

by 44 per cent, compared with normal

driving conditions. What’s more, drinking

increases reaction times by 22 per cent

and both activities increase the chance of

you straying from your lane by 18 per cent.

As Mr Bell explains, this is a distraction

that we don’t often think about.

‘People don’t really consider the dangers

of having a snack while driving,’ he says.

‘But as soon as your hands leave the

steering wheel and your eyes aren’t

focused on the road, you’re putting

yourself and others at risk of crashing.’

OTHER PASSENGERS

It can be hard to concentrate when

you’re around excitable friends and overenergetic

kids at the best of times – let

alone in the tight confines of a car. So

it’s no surprise that a 2006 parliamentary

investigation in Victoria found the greatest

source of driver distraction wasn’t

technology – it was other passengers.

This is because multi-tasking becomes

harder in social situations and your brain

struggles to focus solely on important tasks.

What’s more, when you’ve got people

around you, you’re more inclined to look

in the rear-view mirror, turn your head to

Alarmingly however, a 2008 study by

Murdoch University shows most drivers

don’t consider passengers a source

of distraction.

Research by AANT’s sister club in South

Australia, RAA, indicates that particularly

in the case of P-platers, drivers are more

inclined to be distracted by passengers

and engage in higher-risk behaviours when

in social situations. And although younger

drivers are at a higher risk of crashing

generally, Murdoch University’s research

suggests factors like gender, age and

inexperience aren’t always indicators of

who’s likely to be distracted by passengers.

TIPS:

• When you find yourself in the middle of

a heated discussion, or find you need to

attend to children, pull over safely and

sort it out.

• Give the passenger something to do.

For example, let them navigate the

route, answer text messages or adjust

in-car controls, or give kids a toy or a

book to read.

• If you’re the passenger, respect all

instructions given by the driver. Your life

is in their hands.

• Restrict the number of passengers your

P-plater can have in the car with them.

WIN

A MODEL HOLDEN FB SPECIAL STATION WAGON

Released: January 1960

The FB wagon was a sign of the United States’ styling influence of the time, and also

offered all of the improvements that the FB sedan brought. Of note was the use of

the sedan rear doors, resulting in an unusually shaped rear side glass and mouldings.

For your chance to win, write your name, address and AANT Membership Number

on the back of – or inside – an envelope and post it to:

ntmotor model car competition

Automobile Association of the NT Inc.

GPO Box 2584

DARWIN NT 0801

Conditions: The competition commences 10 September 2012 with the last mail on 29 October 2012. Prize value in Australian dollars. Total

prize pool is valued at $42.95. Entry is open to Northern Territory residents only who are members of AANT. The first entry drawn that fulfils

the competition criteria will win the prize. The draw will take place at AANT, 79−81 Smith Street, Darwin, at 2pm 30 October 2012. The

winner will be notified by mail or phone within 14 days of the draw date. The winner will be published in the December 2012 issue of ntmotor,

published 3 December 2012. Prizes cannot be exchanged or redeemed for cash. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or

discount. The promoter is the Automobile Association of the Northern Territory Inc., 79−81 Smith Street, Darwin, NT 0800 ABN 13 431 478 529.

8 sept 2012


membership

Save $1000 a year on groceries and fuel

It seems like the price of fuel and groceries just never stops increasing, but AANT has found a way to reduce

the costs and help you save.

We’ve teamed up with Woolworths to offer AANT Members five per cent off WISH Gift Cards.

Members can then use these cards at Woolworths Supermarkets, BIG W, participating

Woolworths/Caltex fuel outlets and many more places to save.

How you’ll save

A typical family of four will spend $263* a week on groceries and around $100 on petrol. By using a gift

card to purchase these items, a family would save $18.15 a week – equating to a huge

saving of $943.80 a year.

Because WISH Gift Cards can be used at many stores – from BIG W to

Dick Smith – you can also save on everything from electronics and homewares

to clothing and kids’ toys. It’s really up to you how much you save.

How to get a card

Just head into the AANT Shop and show your membership card to

purchase your WISH Gift Card at five per cent off. Cards are available

in $100 and $250 denominations. For example, purchase

a gift card worth $100 and you’ll pay only $95.

Find out more at www.aant.com.au

*Household Expenditure Survey, Australia: Summary of Results, 2009–10, ABS.

From just $99

take your car

BOOK NOW –

call 8925 5901, visit

www.aant.com.au

or drop into 79–81

Smith St, Darwin.

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Adult $2116 $1505 $611

Pensioner/CSHC # $1464 $1048 $416

Darwin to Alice or vice versa/ Alice Gold Service AANT Member Special Saving

Springs to Adelaide or vice versa

Adult $1096 $779 $317

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For travel from 1st October 2012 - 31st March 2013

Darwin to Adelaide or vice versa Platinum AANT Member Special Saving

Service

Adult $3210 $2599 $611

For travel from 1st October 2012 - 31st March 2013

For bookings 1 September 2012 to 24 December 2012, for travel from 1 October 2012 to 31 March 2013. Offer subject to availability at time of booking. All fares include fuel price surcharge. Through

or stopover fares not applicable. Offer available with $99—$299 Motorail offer. #Concession fares are valid for Australian citizens only. To receive concessional fares Great Southern Rail is required

to confirm your eligibility at the time of booking and travel for the concession electronically with Centrelink. If you do not want this to happen you will need to contact Centrelink to obtain a Pension

Concession Letter as proof of your eligibility for the concession and provide this directly to Great Southern Rail before the concession can be given. All fares and timetables are subject to change

without notice. All fares quoted in Australian Dollars. Conditions apply. For general terms and conditions of carriage please visit greatsouthernrail.com.au. Travel Agent License No.TTA164190.

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shopping

10 sept 2012


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APPROVED REPAIRERS

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

To obtain the benefits under the AANT Show Your Card & Save program, members must show their membership

card in a participating retail outlet, or quote their member number if transacting via phone or internet, at the

point of payment to the relevant benefit provider for goods or services provided. It is the responsibility of the

member to ask for the Show Your Card & Save benefit at the point of payment. The AANT gives no warranty

in relation to any goods, services or information provided by Retail Partners participating in the program.

Participation in the AANT Show Your Card & Save program is subject to the full Terms and Conditions of the

program, which can be obtained from the AANT Darwin branch, 79–81 Smith Street, Darwin, NT 0800. Any

offers extended under the program are subject to availability and subject to the Terms and Conditions imposed

by Show Your Card & Save Partners and will not be redeemable for cash or kind. Any benefits provided to

the member cannot be transferred, assigned, sold or otherwise retained. For AANT Show Your Card & Save

inquiries, phone 08 8925 5901 or visit www.aant.com.au

FREEDOM

HAS NO LIMITS

If you are driven by

adventure, and want the

freedom to explore the NT

at your own pace,

just ‘Britz it’!

Call AANT on

08 8925 5901 or

visit aant.com.au

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*10% off applies to full retail price and cannot Don’t forget to show your card & save.

be used in conjunction with any other offer or

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car navigation devices, motor vehicle and marine

batteries, engines, gift cards, any trade purchases

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approved repairers

Ben's Automotive SERVICE Centre

Local NT boys Glen Parry and Peter Blaser have dreamed of opening their own

mechanical workshop since their youth. Now partners in a successful automotive

business in Coconut Grove, it’s safe to say their dream’s come true. From mechanical

repairs to rego and pre-purchase inspections, Glen and Peter pride themselves

on an honest and reliable service. Located about 10 minutes away from the town

centre, they’re popular with locals and offer same-day servicing for customers as

far away as Katherine.

Pictured left: (Left to right) Josh Behn, William Latu, Randall Smith, Peter Blaser and Glen Parry.

Auto Inspection and Road Service

If you’re on the lookout for quality workmanship and fair pricing, look no further than

Auto Inspections and Road Service in Woolner. Owned by Selina and Claude Petrilli,

the family-run business prides itself on general mechanical repairs, air conditioner

servicing, warranty run-outs, as well as rego and vehicle pre-purchase inspections.

After purchasing the business from Selina’s father six years ago, the secondgeneration

business has become a family venture for the couple, with their sons –

Rhys and Michael – bringing a wealth of knowledge to their team.

Pictured right: (Left to right) Claude, Selina, Rhys and Michael Petrilli.

Automobile Association of the Northern Territory

approved repairers

mechanical repairers

ALICE SPRINGS Peter Kittle Motor Co

46 Stuart Highway 8952 5500

BERRIMAH Hidden Valley Auto Ctr

9 Hidden Valley Road 8947 0060

CASUARINA Ultra Tune 1–8

3 Dripstone Road 8945 2122

COCONUT GROVE

Ben’s Automotive Service Centre

47 De Lator Street 8985 5455

COCONUT GROVE

Prompt Auto Repairs Pty Ltd

14 Travers Street 8985 6733

DARWIN Carmech

5–7 Carey Street 8942 3342

HUMPTY DOO

All Rural Mechanical

5 Vereker Street 8988 9746

PALMERSTON

Palmerston Mechanical Centre

51 Georgina Crescent 8932 2532

PALMERSTON Ultra Tune

3 Muluka Street 8931 3411

STUART PARK Darwin Mitsubishi, Suzuki,

Ssangyong, Land Rover, Volvo

34 Stuart Highway 8946 4444

STUART PARK Brian Turner Automotive

35 Stuart Highway 8981 9191

mechanical repairers

WINNELLIE Winnellie Auto Ctr 1–8

370 Stuart Highway 8984 4448

WINNELLIE NT Auto Repairs

9 Steele Street 8947 4746

WOOLNER

Auto Inspection and Road Service

15/34 Bishop Street 8981 7333

WOOLNER Paul’s Service Centre

6 Charlton Court 8941 1322

specialist repairers

automotive windscreens

ALICE SPRINGS

Trusty Glass (O’Brien Glass agent)

31 North Stuart Highway 8952 3322

STUART PARK

O’Brien Glass

38 Stuart Highway 8981 4612

automatic transmissions

YARRAWONGA

Mick Taylor Automatics

4618 McEnzie Place 8983 1231

automotive electrician

COCONUT GROVE

A&C Automotive Electrics•

Unit 1/6 Travers Street 8948 1244

crash repairers

ALICE SPRINGS Andrew Paterson

Crash Repairs, 49 Priest Street 8952 6360

BERRIMAH Berrimah Panel Works

1140 McMillans Road 8984 3137

DARWIN Darwin Crash Repairs

2 Finniss Street 8981 4000

WINNELLIE B & S Body Works

85 Winnellie Road 8947 2251

mechanical repairer

categories

1 Engine tune-up

2 Minor engine repair and vehicle servicing

3 Major engine repair

4 Steering and suspension

5 Brakes

6 Electrical

7 Clutch, manual transmission and rear axle

8 Automatic transmission

9 Air c onditioning

Where no categories are shown,

the repairer is approved in all nine.

•AANT Battery Service Centre

www.aant.com.au 13


new car reviews

Volkswagen

Scirocco R

The reputation of the Scirocco has been

legendary around the world, but until

recently it hadn’t been available on the

Aussie market. Now we’ve driven it, we

can say that the hype surrounding the

Portuguese-built hatch is well deserved.

Value for money

The sub-$50,000 sports car class is very

competitive and the Scirocco R’s biggest

rival may be a family member – the Golf R;

however, the Scirocco’s standard features

offering is better than most rivals. It

includes items like the MP3-compatible

audio system with 6.5-inch touch screen

display, SD card slot and dash-mounted

six-disc CD player. Nifty features like the

bumper-mounted LED daytime running

lights, automatic dimming interior rear-view

mirror and chillable glove box are also

good additions.

Design and function

The Scirocco R’s low, sleek silhouette comes

at the expense of side and rear visibility –

especially on lane changes – and it’s a pity

that it doesn’t have a blind-spot detection

system available. The front occupants are

pretty well catered for with six airbags,

supportive seats and reasonable room.

However, it’s not so for those in the rear

who’ll have to live with limited head and

leg room – so it’s a place to sit for short

trips only.

Driving a sports car means you’ll have to

make some compromises, and in the case

of the Scirocco it’s not having a spare wheel.

Tyre pressure monitors will let you know if

you have a problem, but there’s only a 12-

volt compressor and tyre sealant included.

On the road

The 2.0-litre TSI engine uses turbocharged

petrol direct-injection technology that runs

on the more expensive 98RON fuel. The

six-speed manual or six-speed DSG options

come in at an additional $2000.

Handling is excellent, as is its precise

electro-mechanical steering and the

Scirocco is able to get power to the front

wheels out of corners without fuss. The

electronic front differential system applies

slight braking to the inner wheel on a tight

turn to reduce understeer when powering

out of a corner. Ride and handling

is further enhanced with VW’s active

control suspension.

The Scirocco has all the normal active

safety features, plus hill-start assist to stop

those annoying roll-back moments that

botched clutch application can induce.

Summary

The Scirocco is a high-end hatch that adds

to the VW range and is great for both city

driving and the race track.

Power

188kW @ 6000rpm

Torque

330Nm @ 2500 to 5000rpm

Price as tested

$49,990

Fuel consumption

10.1L/100km

Green Vehicle Guide rating

★ ★ ★ ★

Crash rating (ANCAP)

Not tested

Warranty

3 years/unlimited kilometres

14 sept 2012


Mazda

CX-5

Now’s the time to buy a mid-sized SUV,

as there are twice as many varieties on

offer in this class than in any other. Why

so popular? People are moving away from

big SUVs and instead want cars with a

height advantage in traffic but with the

city convenience of a small vehicle.

Value for money

There are three grades – the Maxx, Maxx

Sport and Grand Touring. The petrol

engine is available across the range, but

the turbo diesel is only available for the

top two. Prices vary from $27,800 for the

Maxx 2.0-litre petrol FWD to $46,200 for

the Grand Touring 2.2-litre diesel AWD.

It’s no bargain in this market but you do

get Mazda quality.

Standard equipment reflects the

slightly higher price, with air conditioning,

Bluetooth hands-free and audio

streaming, cruise control, MP3/WMAcompatible

CD player with four speakers,

steering-wheel-mounted audio controls

and keyless push-button start.

A reversing camera’s also standard

across the range.

Design and function

The Mazda technology story really is about

two new engines. Both come standard

with Mazda’s i-stop system, which turns the

engine off at idle to improve fuel economy.

The clever engineering design is in what

Mazda calls its ‘SKYACTIV’ technology.

The SKYACTIV-D 2.2-litre diesel engine

runs at what Mazda claims is the world’s

lowest compression for a diesel. It does

this while still achieving relatively low

fuel consumption, and at the same time

producing 400Nm of torque.

The rest of the CX-5 is all you need in a

medium-sized SUV with reasonable space

for both front and rear occupants. The rear

seat is a 40/20/40 split configuration in the

Maxx Sport and Grand Touring, while in the

Maxx a 60/40 rear seat configuration folds

flat to allow greater use of the cargo area.

On the road

The diesel is the better all-round performer.

It’s got tremendous torque and from take

off it’s immediately apparent that it’s better

than the petrol version. The whole range

is auto transmission only, except the Maxx

where you can choose a six-speed manual.

Regardless of which you choose, all are

well matched to the engines and work well

either with the 2WD or 4WD powertrain.

The CX-5 handles well and the ride is firm

and more akin to a European vehicle set-up.

Summary

With novel engineering, excellent

performance and good fuel efficiency, the

Mazda CX-5 is one of the most attractive

vehicles in the busy SUV market.

Power

Petrol 114kW @ 6000rpm/Diesel 129kW @ 4500rpm

Torque

Petrol 200Nm @ 4000rpm/Diesel 420Nm @ 2000rpm

Price as tested

$48,190 (Grand Touring + Tech Pack)

Fuel consumption

Petrol 8L/100km/Diesel 7.7L/100km

Green Vehicle Guide rating

★ ★ ★ (diesel)

★ ★ ★ ★ (petrol)

Crash rating (ANCAP)

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Warranty

3 years/100,000km warranty

All AANT tests are conducted under the road-testing and

scoring regime of the Australia’s Best Cars awards, which are

announced each December.

www.aant.com.au 15


used car review

Kia

Rio

2006

PRICE RANGE

EX 5-door Hatch $9000–$9300

EX 4-door Sedan $8600–$9000

Sports 5-door Hatch $10,200–$11,200

Luxury 4-door Sedan $8600–$9600

PRICE WHEN NEW

EX 5-door hatch $15,990–$17,990

EX 4-door sedan $15,990–$17,990

Sports 5-door hatch $18,990–$20,990

Luxury 4-door sedan $18,990–$20,990

AVERAGE KILOMETRES

79,000–91,00km across the range

CRASH RATING (ANCAP)

★ ★ ★ ★ EX 5-door hatch and 4-door sedan

Other models not rated

GREEN VEHICLE GUIDE RATING

★ ★ ★ EX 5-door hatch and 4-door sedan

It was in the mid-2000s that Kia started to

get its act together in the quality stakes,

and the Rio was one of the first Kia vehicles

to gain the confidence of the buying

public. Kia loaded the base model Rio EX

sedan and hatch with standard features.

The hatch is probably the pick of the litter.

All models had dual airbags, air

conditioning, remote central locking and

power mirrors, steering and windows.

Some buyers bought options such as ABS,

which meant the normal rear drum brakes

were ditched for disc brakes on all wheels.

Look for the used models that have

this option.

The Luxury version also came with ABS,

15-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, head and

side airbags and leather steering wheel,

while the Sports model was the same

but featured 16-inch alloy wheels and a

rear spoiler.

The 1.6-litre 74kW engine is lively and

easy to drive in the city – especially the

five-speed manual – but not so much with

the four-speed auto. Performance is not so

impressive when in the higher gears.

By now, all models will be getting close

to needing a 90,000km service and timing

belt replacement at a princely sum of $800

to $900, so don’t inherit that bill unless

you’ve factored it into your buying price.

We’ve also had reports of some Rios

becoming very hard to start, mostly caused

by faulty antenna coils around the ignition

switch and this will cost around $170 to fix.

Similarly, the rear shockers can leak or go

soft, giving you a soft floating ride and

will set you back about $450 to make

things right.

So for those who are on a sub-$10,000

budget and are in need of an easy and

relatively inexpensive car to drive, the

Rio is worth a look. However, make sure

you choose a loved car that’s had all of its

services on time.

All car reviews are compiled by AANT Head of Technical and

Automotive and Australia’s Best Car judge, Mark Borlace.

Prices shown for used cars are approximate dealer retail prices

for vehicles in average-to-good condition. These

prices will vary depending upon vehicle condition and

kilometres travelled. Source – Glass’s guide. For full range

of prices, contact AANT Technical Advisory Service

on 1300 661 466.

16 sept 2012


motor news

PLUGGED IN

Automakers around the world have come up with a way for all electric

vehicles to charge in just 15 to 20 minutes. Audi, BMW, Chrysler,

Daimler, Ford, General Motors, Porsche and Volkswagen have

agreed to support the development of standardised charging

ports, which would mean specially equipped charging

stations could be accessed by all car makes.

The new charging system would also be part of a

shift towards industry-wide manufacturing

standards across the globe.

did you

know?

If you’re not covering the number of

scheduled service interval kilometres,

arrange to have your oil changed

by time rather than the distance

travelled. AANT recommends

you change oil in modern

vehicles every six to

12 months.

jargon buster:

Bore

The diameter of an

engine cylinder,

not a wild pig.

In rare form

Honda has teamed up with the Japan Metals and Chemicals

Company in an exciting new recycling initiative.

Rare earth metals will be extracted from used nickel-metal hydride

batteries, collected from Honda hybrid vehicles and dealers in

Japan and other countries.

The new process will result in

metals with a purity as high as

that of newly mined and refined

metals that can be reused for a

variety of different products.

New car diary

Keep your eyes peeled over

the next few months for these new cars

fresh off the production line…

Infiniti

Infiniti is to Nissan what Lexus is to

Toyota – their luxury brand. Nissan

is set to launch the Infiniti badge in

Australia in the last quarter of 2012.

Its first foray into Australia’s luxury car

market will see a range of vehicles –

from a sports convertible and a coupe,

to a sedan and an SUV crossover to

rival the BMW X5, all offering sleek

styling and exciting performance.

Volkswagen Up

After good results in the European

market, VW’s sub-Polo model Up is

sure to shake the Aussie micro-car

market. Competing with the likes

of the Barina Spark and the Kia

Picanto, expect to see both threedoor

and five-door petrol variants,

with only a five-speed manual

model offered initially. Pricing is

still under wraps, but it’s tipped to

start at an affordable $14,000.

Holden Volt

Touted as a game-changing electric

vehicle, Holden’s five-door Volt has

already earned praise from Australian

industry and government. It’s promised

the Volt won’t be compromised by the

same range limitations of other EVs,

with a capacity to travel up to 80km

on electricity alone, accompanied by

a back-up generator and a 1.4-litre

engine that’ll kick in to recharge the

battery, extending range to around

600km. What’s more, it can be charged

via standard household power outlets.

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travel shorts

Guided by the stars

Australia’s auto clubs and AAA Tourism have launched a new and

improved STAR Rating scheme for accommodation accreditation.

The standards now also measure and score the cleanliness and

quality of accommodation providers – as well as their facilities – to

ensure the accommodation you expect is what you get.

CEO of AAA Tourism, Peter Blackwell, says the new STAR Ratings

provide objectivity and consistency for all properties,

regardless of whether they’re a hotel, serviced apartment or

caravan park.

‘The major upgrade of STAR Ratings ensures a rating reflects

the standard of a property as perceived by the users,’ he says.

To search and book over 7000 STAR-rated properties,

visit www.aant.com.au/accommodation

A new lease

Thrifty’s expanded its rental car fleet, bringing a unique,

interesting and inspiring option to the compact car class with the

Hyundai Veloster.

This hot new car combines the style of a coupe, with the

everyday practicality of a hatch and features classic two-door

sports car looks, but with a hidden third door for rear seat access.

It’s powered by an efficient 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol

engine and has a five-star ANCAP safety rating to keep you

and your family safe.

The Veloster is available from various locations around Sydney,

Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Adelaide from September.

What’s more, you can still take advantage of the great savings

and specials available to AANT Members – including rent-free

days, free baby seats and boosters, free upgrades and

discounted rates – when you book.

To book this stunning new

car for your next holiday, visit

www.aant.com.au/thrifty

WIN

A ST JOHN BOATING SAFETY KIT

An absolute must if you’re out fishing on the dinghy, the St John Boating

Safety Kit is a purpose-built first aid kit for water-based activities.

Featuring essential items such as bandages, sunscreen and wound

dressings, it also includes a whistle, glow stick and shock blanket, to make

sure you’re well equipped in case of an emergency. What’s more, it’s all

housed in a floating water-resistant container.

For your chance to win, write your name, address and AANT Membership

Number on the back of – or inside – an envelope and post it to:

ntmotor boating safety kit competition

Automobile Association of the NT Inc.

GPO Box 2584

DARWIN NT 0801

Conditions: The competition commences

10 September 2012 with the last mail on 29

October 2012. Prize value in Australian dollars.

Total prize pool is valued at $34.95. Entry is

open to Northern Territory residents only who

are members of AANT. The first entry drawn

that fulfils the competition criteria will win the

prize. The draw will take place at AANT, 79−81

Smith Street, Darwin, at 2pm 30 October 2012.

The winner will be notified by mail or phone

within 14 days of the draw date. The winner

will be published in the December 2012 issue

of ntmotor, published 3 December 2012.

Prizes cannot be exchanged or redeemed

for cash. Cannot be used in conjunction with

any other offer or discount. The promoter is

the Automobile Association of the Northern

Territory Inc., 79−81 Smith Street, Darwin, NT

0800 ABN 13 431 478 529.

18 sept 2012


BAKING SODA


travel

Gems of the

Dampier Peninsula

Kerry Sharp explores one of the most alluring

spots on the Australian coastline.

Story: Kerry Sharp

Most travellers are blown away by

the spectacle of Cape Leveque

– and that’s an understatement.

They say it’s the most stunning place you’ll

ever visit and, once you’ve seen it in the

flesh, it’s pretty hard to argue with them.

It’s the colours draped over the land

and seascapes that captivate you most –

scintillating reds, ochres, blues, greens and

creamy whites that leap out at you as you

approach this secluded Kimberley hideaway

on the edge of the Buccaneer Archipelago.

More and more camping, fishing and outof-the-way

wilderness lovers are venturing

north to the tip of spectacular Dampier

Peninsula to spend lazy days and starstudded

nights at Cape Leveque.

It takes roughly two-and-a-half hours to

drive the full 206km from Broome to the

top. That doesn’t sound too arduous by

Australian outback standards, but the road

is notorious for its teeth-clattering, boltrattling

corrugations. More than 80km at

the Broome end is red sandy dirt, which

is severely pitted in places, depending on

when the last grader went through. The

road doesn’t suit conventional cars and

caravans, but 4WDs and robust off-road

vans and campers will survive the trip okay if

driven at a sensible pace for the conditions.

Regardless, the unique treasures you’ll find

all the way up this peninsula are definitely

worth a bit of buffeting.

20 sept 2012

Cape Leveque, with its popular

Aboriginal-owned Kooljaman ecoresort,

vibrant red pindan cliffs reaching

down to cobalt blue seas and kilometre

upon kilometre of crisp white beaches,

is the pinnacle for Dampier Peninsula

travellers. The marine life around here

is phenomenal. For a start, hundreds

of migrating humpback whales pass

through these waters with their lively

new babies between July and October

each year. It’s an incredible thrill to watch

dozens of them breaching and partaking

in their water-spouting antics close by in

the bay – especially when a burning red

Kimberley sun is gently sinking behind

them into the Indian Ocean.

You can spend as few or as many

lazy indulgent days as you like relaxing,

swimming, exploring and fishing around

Cape Leveque, but the adventure doesn’t

stop here.

Dampier Peninsula is home to

a number of friendly Aboriginal

communities where visitors are warmly

welcomed and embraced. Some offer

accommodation and camping facilities,

and guided cultural tours where they

share their secrets on bush tucker, bush

medicine and other aspects of intriguing

traditional lifestyles that have been

entwined with the land and sea here for

millions of years.

Beagle Bay is the first community you

come across on the trip north from Broome.

It’s a must for a stop-off to stroll through

its extraordinary mother-of-pearl shelldecorated

Sacred Heart Church, built by the

Pallottine priests who began establishing

the mission here in the late 1880s.

About 60km further north, the delightful

Lombadina community people have been

welcoming global travellers for more than

a decade. They offer self-contained cabin

and backpacker accommodation, cultural

tours, sales of traditional artefacts – and a

beach widely regarded as the most glorious

on the whole peninsula. If you go fishing or

take a scenic coastal tour with a traditional

Lombadina guide, there’s a good chance

you’ll spot some of the creatures that thrive

in the rich marine ecosystem around these

parts – dugongs, dolphins, turtles and even

humpback whales at the right time of year.

At the tip of the peninsula, 16km beyond

the Kooljaman resort, is One Arm Point, or

Ardyaloon, where the Bardi people have been

operating Australia’s only trochus (medium- to

large-sized sea snails) hatchery for a number

of years. You can visit this successful breeding

enterprise and the aquaculture centre, and

also buy exquisite polished trochus shells and

local artefacts. And if fishing is your game, you

can head out on King Sound with a traditional

guide who knows the surrounding waters like

the back of his hand.


OPPOSITE: Cape Leveque coastline.

THIS PAGE (clockwise): Cape Leveque beach;

Beagle Bay Church; pearl shell alter decorated

at Beagle Bay Church; map of Dampier

Peninsula; One Arm Point aquaculture hatchery.

Images © Kerry Sharp, Nathan Taylor, iStockphoto.

Cape Leveque

Beagle Bay

Broome

One

Arm

Point

King

Sound

Derby

Once settled into Cape Leveque, any

worldly stresses seep away and it’s easy

to do nothing here. But if you can drag

yourself away from the beach and gentle

warm waves lapping at your feet, take a

stroll along the boardwalk from one side of

the cape to the other, up through the rocky

hills and past the old lighthouse where the

early keepers watched out for ships passing

along this remote and rugged coast.

Caravans are not allowed into

Kooljaman but the resort offers excellent

accommodation options to suit all

budgets. They range from a shady cliff-top

campground – complete with dome tents

for hire if you don’t have your own gear – to

log cabins and luxury safari tents perched

high up on platforms on sturdy stilts

overlooking the ocean.

If you can’t do without the comforts of

your caravan while holidaying up here,

you can tow it in to Middle Lagoon. A lot

of travellers prefer this alluring alternative

to Cape Leveque, where the Kooljaman

campsites and accommodation can be

booked out months ahead of the peak

tourist season (May to August). Middle

Point is the perfect base from which to

explore and uncover the magic of the

Dampier Peninsula – an enchanting and, as

yet, unspoilt gem of the northern Kimberley.

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travel

To a tee

Australia is blessed to have a terrific collection of

golf courses located along coastlines, among sand

dunes, near flood plains and in sand belt areas near

major cities. PGA member and golf course analyst

Greg Dowling picks his national top five.

Royal Melbourne (West)

Royal Melbourne (West) is the nation’s

golf cathedral and an intriguing test of

ability. Strategy is dictated by a system of

breathtaking sand hazards that tighten the

gap for lower-handicappers, while massive

spaces away from trouble allow average

players to tap around for a bogey. And

that’s before reaching the famed putting

surfaces that are unmatched in contouring,

firmness and pace.

Why it’s special: Without question it

has the most world-class holes on a single

course in the country. No matter how many

times you play RM West, there’s always

another layer of subtlety to be uncovered.

22 sept 2012

New South Wales Golf Club

This is one of the most spectacular courses

anywhere on the planet. Most of the par

threes and fives run in different directions,

meaning players are tested by the wind

from all sides – just like the great links of

the UK. The finishing stretch is dramatic,

featuring classic cliff-top doglegs, an uphill

drive through a ‘saddle’, perched greens

with amazing drop-offs and brilliant pot

bunkering.

Why it’s special: The layout at La

Perouse in Sydney overlooks Botany Bay

and is quite close to where Captain James

Cook first set foot on land in 1770 – the 18

holes were built some 150 years later. The

signature – and most photographed – hole

is the sixth, with the championship tee

located on a rocky outcrop of land.

Barnbougle Dunes

This course is still a baby in terms of age

but gained instant fame due to its raw

beauty, brilliant routing plan and remote

location. This layout, near the small fishing

port of Bridport on Tasmania’s isolated

north-east coast, plays along a thin strip of

coastal land right alongside the beach and

almost every hole is bordered by dunes on

both sides.

Why it’s special: This is not a place for

yardages on the sprinklers or golfers not

prepared for ever-changing elements. The

weather can be as miserable here as it is

on a bad day on the coasts of Scotland or

Ireland, but what it delivers is a sublime

golfing experience that is truly inspirational.


Light, compact and waterproof,

this GPS is perfect for a day on the

green. This nifty accessory features

thousands of preloaded golf

course maps, and allows you to

measure individual shot distances

and yardages.

Member price $224

Non-members $249

Garmin

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Alice Springs Golf Club

Australian golf legend Peter

Thomson has had quite an influence

in the Top End. The five-time British

Open champion masterminded the

development of both the Darwin and

the Alice Springs courses. This one’s

known for its subtle severity with a

blend of unique charm.

Why it’s special: The 18-hole course

at ‘Alice’ is considered one of the

world’s finest desert layouts with a

unique mix of holes overlooked by

the majestic MacDonnell Ranges.

LEFT: A golfer chipping a ball out of a bunker.

BELOW LEFT TO RIGHT: Royal Melbourne's 5th

hole; New South Wales Golf Club's; 6th holeat

sunset; Barnbougle Dunes’ 15th hole at sunset;

Kingston Heath’s 15th hole; Royal Adelaide’s

11th ‘Crater Hole’.

Images © iStockphoto, Royal Melbourne Golf Club,

New South Wales Golf Club, Barnbougle Dunes,

Kingston Heath, Royal Adelaide.

Darwin Golf Club

Located at Links Road, Northlakes,

this tropical 18-hole championship

course is not only picturesque, it

offers a great experience for wellpracticed

and novice golfers.

Why it’s special: Darwin Golf Club

is quite a tight layout due to large

African mahogany and palm trees

lining the fairways. Mounding is also

cleverly used to make approach shots

more difficult.

Kingston Heath

Renowned for classical natural bunkering

that merges seamlessly into the heath land

grasses, Kingston Heath – a 30-minute

drive from the Melbourne CBD – provides

a sense of space and grandeur. Apart

from the aesthetics, each and every tee

box seems to present a different look with

‘blind’ shots, lay-ups, forced carries, visual

intimidation and sweeping doglegs offering

plenty of risk-and-reward possibilities.

Why it’s special: The uphill par-three

15th is a work of genius with players facing

what is probably the most testing iron

shot in the country, with the evil ‘Big

Bertha’ bunker waiting to catch anything

drifting off-line.

Royal Adelaide

A core group of holes – set among natural

sand dunes and craters in the middle of the

layout – make this course special. Also of

interest is a railway line running right past

the clubhouse, the first tee, second green

and third tee.

Why it’s special:There are two holes on

this superb layout at Seaton that became

legendary long ago: the extraordinary third

hole may well be the best short par-four

anywhere, while the 11th – known as the

‘Crater Hole’ – is also a standout, with the

approach shot from a fairway peak over a

huge hollow to a green framed by a pinecovered

sand hill.

Palmerston Golf Club

Set in stunning tropical surrounds,

the Palmerston course is both a

challenging and rewarding par 71.

Why it’s special: The two nines at the

Palmerston course are quite different.

The outward half has quite a ‘linksy’

feel, with holes being fairly open and

slightly undulating. The return journey

to the clubhouse is more defined with

trees dictating playing lines.

Gove Country Golf Club

Gove Country Club is a pretty track

located in Nhulunbuy, on the shores

of the Arafura Sea in Arnhem Land.

Why it’s special: The nine holes

are well grassed with alternating

tee boxes producing a par 72 of

reasonable length and variation.

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Visit the AANT Darwin office

*Terms and conditions apply. Offers are valid until 31st October 2013. Available at Thrifty locations in Australia and New Zealand only. 4% discount is for online bookings and bookings made over the phone

or at a Thrifty counter. Must quote AANT Membership number at time of booking and show a valid AANT Membership card at time of vehicle collection. Offers are subject to availability and cannot be used in

conjunction with any other promotion, special offer or coupon. Free day and weekend upgrade offers can not be used in conjunction with each other. Free day offers are based on time and kilometer charges only

(unlimited kms at metro, 200kms at country and 100kms at remote locations) and excludes optional and extra charges. For more information on the reduced liability or damage waiver products please speak to a

consultant. Free baby seat hire is subject to availability, only 1 seat hire per rental period. All car rentals must meet the standard age, driver’s license and credit requirements of Thrifty. All car rentals are subject to

the terms and conditions of the Rental Agreement. For full terms and conditions go to aant.com.au.

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