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Ayers Rock

Postby Roderick Smith » Fri Jan 08, 2016 1:25 pm

This location has its own set of tourist-transport buses, and is a magnet for almost every charter operation in the nation, bringing school and other groups. I have kept the heading open ended.

770512Th Ayers Rock (NT): Red Sands Motel courtesy bus (Toyota Coaster?), behind a Connair DH Heron. (Roderick Smith)

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Re: Ayers Rock in 1977

Postby Roderick Smith » Mon Jan 18, 2016 10:21 am

Thurs.12.5.77, Ayers Rock airstrip.
* Toyota Coaster, for local touring and/or motel transfers.
* Mystery: another Coaster? Something on a 4wd platform? Also for local touring and transfers.
* GM-Denning, probably single rear axle, and possibly pensioned off from interstate and charter work for local touring. It is labelled generically 'Holiday Tours'.

Edit: I have a suggestion from a different group that the middle one may be a Nissan Civilian.

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Re: Ayers Rock in 1977

Postby Roderick Smith » Wed Jan 20, 2016 10:55 am

770512Th Ayers Rock (NT): Rain on the rock and on a Toyota Coaster parked at the airstrip terminal. (Roderick Smith)

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Re: Ayers Rock

Postby Bedford-29 » Thu Jan 21, 2016 5:18 am

Second picture the green mlni bus is a Toyota Coaster which has the same hump on the roof as the Toyota Coaster in this picture.Picture from Looselion
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Re: Ayers Rock

Postby Looselion » Sat Jan 23, 2016 10:46 am

Bedford-29 wrote:Second picture the green mlni bus is a Toyota Coaster which has the same hump on the roof as the Toyota Coaster in this picture.Picture from Looselion


Around 10 years earlier than the above photos, here's a group of Redline Dennings at the Rock's designated coach camping area....which was located right beside the Redline Motel compound.

And another coach at the old airstrip, with 'The Brain' in the background.

Re the Toyota Coaster Bedford 29, this was well spotted and is undoubtedly the same vehicle. This Coaster was unique for the reason that Redline converted it to 'Jet Air' forced air ventilation for use in Ayers Rock operations, based at the company's Redline Motel during the '60's. The roof 'hump' carried air from a moveable flap in the front to the internal nozzles fitted to the ceiling.

This wasn't the only small capacity unit in service at the Rock with Redline back then, being accompanied on airport transfer and local tours by a Ford Transit and an International converted to passenger configuration. I'll post a photo of each of these, and note the Transit also had the 'Jet Air' conversion treatment....!

That's Rex's wife Beris taking it easy beside the Inter....I'm guessing, but the location looks like the Devil's Marbles.
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Re: Ayers Rock

Postby Looselion » Sat Jan 23, 2016 11:15 am

Roderick Smith wrote:This location has its own set of tourist-transport buses, and is a magnet for almost every charter operation in the nation, bringing school and other groups. I have kept the heading open ended.

770512Th Ayers Rock (NT): Red Sands Motel courtesy bus (Toyota Coaster?), behind a Connair DH Heron. (Roderick Smith)

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Just as a matter of interest, the Red Sands Motel, as identified on the side of the Coaster, was the last incarnation of the very first accommodation facility (ex military tents) established at Ayers Rock by Len Tuit. It was purchased by Reg Ansett in 1959, along with Tuit's other business interests, and operated for many years as the Ansett Pioneer Lodge. Each of the five historic tourist accommodation establishments was bulldozed by Federal Govt edict in mid 1984, with every last trace of their existence completely removed from the landscape, as if they had never existed.
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Re: Ayers Rock

Postby boronia » Sat Jan 23, 2016 11:22 am

There were a few 4WD conversions of Coasters back then.

The hump on the roof would be an aftermarket a/c installation. Definitely not a factory option in those days.
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Re: Ayers Rock

Postby Looselion » Mon Jan 25, 2016 3:15 pm

Here's a shot from earlier in the history of Ayers Rock tourism...
Redline's Watt Bros/Commer No 21 and Denning/Bedford No 22 (side on to camera) at the climb base in 1963. Note a few climbers doing it the hard way as the chain had not yet been installed.
This was the year Redline opened its first Ayers Rock accommodation facility, known as the Redline Chalet.
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Re: Ayers Rock

Postby Roderick Smith » Thu Jan 28, 2016 11:10 am

What wonderful extra material: history, scenery, vehicles.
Here is my fourth and final for the day, taken before the rain hit (I have posted out of sequence).

770512Th Ayers Rock - Olgas: Tourist Toyota Coaster pausing for a photostop. R Smith.

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