Time zones in australia

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V Williamson
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Time zones in australia

Unread post by V Williamson » May 22nd, 2018, 8:16 pm

So one of the things you do is hook your fourby up to a caravan or camper and go for it...

Preamble: Now when you arrive at Border Village on the lower wa border from sa, you enter a rather exclusive time zone that is somewhere between central australian time and perth time. This lasts until about Caiguna going west. But going east on the great northern highway, you stay on perth time until you reach the wa/nt border.

Question: Why? Wouldn't it make sense to cross to the lower wa time zone for Border Village etc. once you reach the approximate equivalent longitude, say , Fitzroy Crossing on the Great Northern Highway?

Is there a reason for this discrepancy?

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Re: Time zones in australia

Unread post by Peter Aawen » May 22nd, 2018, 10:36 pm

It's all about how many people live in that little 'Central Western Time Zone' area along the Hwy/Nullarbor Plain stretching from Border Village West as far as Caiguna.... the people living there were seriously impacted by the gap between the Western & Central Time Zones especially during Daylight Saving, cos WA doesn't (well, didn't!) use DST, so the difference in time zones dragged out to as much as 2 & 1/2 hours, which can be pretty annoying for those people living & working along that stretch of road!! There's more people than you might think living in that stretch too, and since they hafta work/fit in with various businesses in each direction, even when the time difference is stretched out to 2.5 hrs, this can be pretty hard to do & more than just a tad annoying, so they all got together & agreed on using the compromise 'half way between' Central Western Time Zone as an unofficial zone until the authorities on this sorta stuff eventually caved & agreed to allow them their own special 'mini time-zone' which made it a lot easier on them! :thumb:

But, as you've discovered, CWST doesn't go as far North as the Indian Pacific Railway (which btw, runs its own 'railway time zone' for the Indian Pacific between Kalgoorlie & Pt Augusta) Since there are so few people actually living along the SA/WA & WA/NT Borders North of the Nullarbor, and what few people there are out there aren't all that worried about the difference in time zones with or without DST (it seems they don't milk too many cows that might get upset or have curtains that'll fade with all that extra sun during DST!!) so they all met at the pub one arvo & opted out of the 'new' CWST when they were asked if they wanted to adopt it.... Well, maybe they did it by conference call or something, but collectively, the whole 2 dozen or so people who were actually living out there within cooee of the Border at the time decided they didn't want to bother with a 'mid-range' time zone, & they decided to stick with changing their clocks just the once - when they crossed the Border as they travelled West or East. Easy for them, and not really any more of a biggie for anyone else passing thru than any other time zone change might be - so you shouldn't complain, after all, you do only hafta change your clocks once, instead of having to change them all into CWST as you arrive, then only 'a few kms later' (they are used to long days out there! :rolleyes: ) hafta change them all again as you leave. :p

Going back to 'railway time', how busy do you think it would've been for the poor bugga changing all the clocks on the Indian Pacific as it crossed the Country if they didn't run their own time zone!! How many clocks in each carriage, & carriages in each train?? :boggle:
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Re: Time zones in australia

Unread post by V Williamson » May 23rd, 2018, 8:03 am

Yeah but by 5:30pm its nearly dark in Kununurra in mid May. When is sunset on June 22? Teachers couldn't keep the naughty kids in after school detention because they have to get home before it gets dark. Oh well I suppose the solution to the problem is not have naughty kids at school.

Another thing for those considering the big lap is watch those high pressure systems in the bight which produce winds across the continent. Going clockwise on the lap can mean significant headwinds and heavy fuel consumption.

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Re: Time zones in australia

Unread post by hoyks » May 24th, 2018, 5:30 pm

My sister lives in north western NSW and loathed daylight savings time when her kids were little.
8.30 at night and the sun still hadn't gone down, kids wouldn't go to bed, but she still had to leave for work at 5am :irked: .

Broken Hill are meant to run on Sydney time, but go with Adelaide as its where they do most of their business.


More importantly, your on holiday, so chuck the phone in the glove box and travel at your own pace.

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