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Alice Springs AGM Meetup - August 2018
Aug 18

Alice Springs AGM Meetup - August 2018

Start Date
18 August 2018 9:00 AM
End Date
19 August 2018 5:00 PM


Red Centre Tesla / EV Meetup - August 18-19,  2018

Update 29/7/18 in red

Let's show what our Teslas can do!           All Electric Vehicles welcome!


  • Fantastic drive to Alice Springs
    • Only 3 days from Adelaide via Port Augusta (based on S75)
    • 7 days from Brisbane via Mount Isa, giving you the option of a loop
    • As little as 6 days off work if you do a driver swap-over!
  • We can help organise co-drivers, swap-overs and sub convoys - whatever is needed.
    • Can help organise drivers to Port Augusta to trim time further
  • Meetup and display, including local EV'ers
  • Henley on Todd Regatta on Sat.  We are all in the parade and one car at the event itself.
  • TOCA AGM on Sun
  • Interesting side trip options including Uluru, Kings Canyon, Simpsons Gap
  • Charging well understood and will improve even further
  • Let's get Teslas represented from every state and territory (making it a first)!


See also:  Charging Options Spreadsheet


We are keen to attract Teslas and other electric vehicles from every state and territory, and as many Alice Springs local EV’s as possible.  If you are keen to come and but are not a TOCA member, no problem (apart from the AGM itself) !


Minimum time commitment is 6 working days (but nicer to take more) from the East Coast if you do a swap-over trip, which is probably less than you thought !


Two weeks allows for the drive in and a week sightseeing (swap car back).  Three weeks allows for a week’s sightseeing and the drive both ways !


This document will be continually updated.  There will be no final version !


Register your interest here now, even if you are not 100% definite, so we can organise charging, co-drivers, convoys, swap-overs and resolve questions and issues of all types.


A week or more before Aug 19th.

Depart your home city.

There are TWO ELECTRIC VEHICLE ROUTES to Alice Springs from the east...

  • Port Augusta - Coober Pedy - Alice Springs (6 days from Sydney)
  • Gladstone - Longreach - Tennant Creek - Alice Springs (8 days)

From the west travel via Nullarbor and Port Augusta (or Darwin!)

Aug 9 - 12

If you have more time the Alice Springs Eco Fair from 8th of August has an interesting program and there is plenty to see in the surrounding region in the week between events.

Sat Aug 18th

  • Parade from 10:30 be in place 9am
  • Events from 11:45

57th Henley on Todd Regatta ! !

We are all in the parade and one car and display at the event itself.  We are not paying anything but we need to enter events and help with the cleanup on Sunday morning!


Sat Aug 18th - Evening

Dinner - Casa Nostra or the Diplomat or whatever suits us at the time.

Sun Aug 19 early We need to help (2h?) with the HoT cleanup on Sunday morning!

Sun Aug 19th - 1:30pm

Tesla Owners Club of Australia AGM.

  • TOCA members only for this part. Diplomat Motel.
  • Alice Springs will be the coolest place to link in from this year !

After the 19th

(or before the 18th)

Explore the Red Centre - take as much time as you like ...

  • Larapinta drive (Simpsons gap and lots of others) 3 phase now at Glen Helen
  • Uluru and Kings Canyon 3 phase now at Kings Canyon
  • Yuendumu

Whenever suits !


Mon 20th is the earliest flight after the AGM

Sydney flight on 20/8 is 80% full (23/6)

Drive Home

 -- OR --

Swap the car to a friend and FLY HOME (like me) if you have less time !




Road conditions are excellent all the way to Alice from North, South, East and West.


This is the typical highway standard from all directions


  • Wildlife on the road is not that common during the day, but never drive after dark
  • Road trains are never over 4 trailers long and are easy to overtake given the low traffic volumes.


  • Not everybody takes a spare tyre, but you might want to think about it, especially as Teslas take a fairly unusual size tyre.  Blocks are useful as Tesla hoist pads are small and rectangular, and the large round ones in most workshops can overlap and damage the battery.


Other things to think of


Car wash

  • Non contact auto and manual wash - Easy Car Wash, 8 Gap Rd, Alice Springs



The route from SA is passable by a S75D (Darryl from last year).  3 phase now available at Pimba, Glendambo, Marla.


The Qld route will require a bit of slower driving on the 347 km Winton to Cloncurry section.


Lots of details and options including adapters HERE ON THE CHARGING SPREADSHEET ! ! !


The council car park at Alice Springs has two 3 phase outlets, as well as the two accommodation sites below.



Look at for where you want to charge and work your way through the journey.


Crowne Plaza at Alice Springs has a pair of destination chargers.


The Big 4 MacDonnell ranges Holiday park has two 3 phase outlets.

  • One in the driveway of a single cabin.
  • One within reach of 2 (or maybe 3) ensuite cabins if you have a 15m extension lead.


But you can stay elsewhere and charge on 10 or 15 amp, and top up at the council car park.


Organise accommodation as early as you can as other events are on in Alice that weekend.


At the Holiday Park



Just message Richard McNeall on Facebook or 0421 059 377 or


See also:



Register your interest here now, even if you are not 100% definite, so we can organise charging, co-drivers, convoys, swap-overs and resolve questions and issues of all types. 




Yuendumu indigenous art gallery


Glendambo Sunrise

At Coober Pedy


Guess where !



Simpsons Gap


Kings Canyon






Register your interest here now, even if you are not 100% definite, so we can organise charging, co-drivers, convoys, swap-overs and resolve issues of all types.





Event Location
Alice Springs
Contact Details
Richard McNeall
0421 059 377

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