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"Just got it today. Stopped watching to have dinner then straight back into it. Just awesome, well done guys."
"Just finished watching all 3 DVDs and wow! What a great watch it was but makes us want to leave tomorrow on our big lap!"
"It's the best 4WD camping DVD out, I have watched my copy 3 times and love it, very inspirational."
The Ultimate Aussie Road Trip Adventure
Taking a year or two off and driving around Australia is a dream that many people share.
For the Baile family, tired of the rat race and yearning for distant horizons, their dream finally came true after 7 years of planning.
After selling their business, their house and most of their 'stuff', Steve, Jen, Savanna & Sara leave behind friends, family and Melbourne city life to experience everything Australia has to offer in this epic 46,600km road trip adventure.
Determined to get ‘off the beaten track’ and find some real adventure, the Baile’s set themselves the goal of visiting every state and territory and reaching the extremes of the continent . . . that’s the north, south, east, west, the exact centre and even the highest point at Mt Kosciuszko. All while travelling many of Australia’s toughest roads and visiting many spectacular remote destinations.
Now you can share their adventure in this 10 episode series filmed over 2 years that will give you hours of entertainment, ideas, plenty of laughs . . . and a few tears.
"There are plenty of travel shows on TV but none like The Big Lap."
"Finished watching at 2am this morning, it's so addictive! We have so many 4WD DVD's but nothing like The Big Lap. What an epic journey guys!"
Some of the awesome places you'll discover in The Big Lap
Karijini National Park
Tasmanian High Country
Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park
The Tanami Road
Lawn Hill National Park
The Great Ocean Road
Every state. Every territory. Every extreme.
“We have just finished watching your DVD’s and they were awesome, loved them all. Thanks heaps for sharing your adventures with us. Even our kids loved it.”
"I think you guys are amazing just tackling the journey with the rugrats. Well done Jen and Steve."
"The Big Lap is a priceless insight into the real experience of travelling around Australia by road that will inspire you to make your own travel dreams a reality."
Things don’t always go to plan!
Of course with an adventure on this scale things can go wrong and we had our share of dramas!
A couple of vehicle rollovers, a broken camper trailer, being stranded in the outback with a collapsed wheel bearing on our Landcruiser and the ever present challenge of travelling on a very tight budget.
We actually ran out of money along the way and had to stop and work out a way to make some extra cash so we could keep going (see this in episode 6).
Despite the challenges, our mission from the very start was to capture the entire experience on film so that we could make The Big Lap series and share it with other fellow travel lovers.
Of course not everyone who watches the series is planning to sell up, pack up and take off around Australia for a year or two, but if you share our passion for exploring remote and spectacular destinations and discovering new places then you’re going to fall in love with The Big Lap.
"Bought this for Hubby for his birthday. WARNING: it's addictive!!!!"
"We love your DVDs too! Our 4-year-old's fave...even before the Wiggles!"
Come along with us on the Adventure
When we decided to make the film series, we wanted to make it in a way that you would feel like you were there with us along the way sharing the experience, so that even if your own 'Big Lap' is still a dream for sometime in the future, at least you can have a taste of what it would be like.
Best of all, by watching The Big Lap you’ll get ideas of places to go for shorter trips and what to expect along the way and when you get there.
- What’s it like driving up to Cape York?
- What’s it like staying at El Questro in the Kimberley?
- What does the Tanami Road look like?
- How do you travel long distances with young children on board?
- How tough is it to drive the Gibb River Road?
Many TV shows do a great job of highlighting beautiful destinations, but celebrities flying in for 12 hours and having the red carpet treatment for the camera isn’t really something that any of us can relate to.
In The Big Lap our experience is much more authentic from the perspective of travellers just like you, so you’ll get a genuine sense of what to expect when planning your own adventures. We didn’t have a big budget or big sponsors expecting us to spend the whole time ‘spruiking’ their product.
We didn’t even have a crew!
But that’s not to say we haven’t been able to make a great film series. We invested in the right equipment and worked hard to make sure we captured the experience as authentically as possible.
“Received the DVD on Friday – the misses and I thought we would watch it over a few days. Well we put the first disk in Saturday midday and could not contain ourselves, watched all 3 disks on the Saturday – when friends rang we said we weren’t home as we didn’t want to miss a minute! Best Aussie adventure movie I have ever watched, a down to earth Aussie family living the dream.”
“Wow, we LOVE your DVDs. Thanks so much for sharing your trip with us, we really felt like we were tackling it with you . . . we particularly liked the attention to every little detail, whether it was preparing meals, reading maps, shaking sand out of ones undies, or hiking to the most beautiful areas, these details made it so real. We are in awe of your decision.”
PENELOPE RISBEY TURNER
Discovering Lake Argyle
PREVIEW: Watch the first 5 minutes of Discovering Lake Argyle
Australia has many incredible pioneering stories and the opening up of the East Kimberley and creation of the Ord River Scheme is one of the biggest.
In Discovering Lake Argyle, traveller and filmmaker Steve Baile, uncovers the regions incredible history from the early Durack pioneering days right through to today.
The film also includes many historical photos and original 16mm film footage of the construction of both the Diversion and Ord Dams as well as spectacular footage shot around Lake Argyle, the Ord river and Kununurra.
Steve also interviews local experts who together help to tell the amazing story of Australia's East Kimberley.
- The pioneering Durack family
- Ord River Scheme
- Diversion Dam & Ord Dam Construction
- Spectacular Ord River & Lake Argyle
- Kununurra & Local Attractions
Included on the DVD are the complete original dam construction films shot on 16mm film.
"The Ord Project" Original Kununurra Diversion Dam Construction (1963) (25 minutes)
"Ord River Dam" Original Ord Dam Construction (1971) (42 minutes)
Escaping desperate poverty in the mid 1800's, Michael & Bridget Durack flee Ireland with their 8 children and barely the clothes on their back in search of a better life in the new and untamed colony of Australia. Tragically Michael is killed in an accident soon after their arrival thrusting the eldest teenage son Patsy to the head of the family.
Undeterred by the death of his father, and against all odds, Patsy picks up the reigns and over the coming decades amasses a fortune in property and cattle in Queensland and New South Wales before setting his sights on the virtually unexplored East Kimberley region around the mighty Ord River.
Patsy commissions an exploratory party to travel by boat and horseback to scout the black soil plains surrounding the Ord and on the strength of their findings he commits to the largest cattle drive in Australia's history with over 7000 head of cattle walked cross country from Queensland to the Kimberley in a drive that took two years, cost several men their lives and the loss of over half of the cattle.
Argyle Downs Station was established on the banks of the Behn River near the Ord and slowly but surely the Durack empire was built.
Patsy's grandson, Kimberley Durack, was also a visionary but his dreams were not of cattle and grass but rather water and agriculture. He proposed to dam the Ord River and capture the massive wet season flood for use year round for agriculture on the nutrient rich black soil plains.
Kununurra, the Diversion Dam and Ord Dam and the massive Lake Argyle are all a result of Kimberley Duracks vision and the determination of the many people who worked to make it a reality.
But the prosperity enjoyed by the region today has not come easily with many setbacks along the way and the entire Ord River Scheme being labelled a 'white elephant' early in it's life due to the many setbacks it faced.
Join Filmmaker Steve Baile as he discovers the amazing story behind Lake Argyle, The Ord River Scheme, the pioneering Durack family and the spectacular East Kimberley region.