It’s fair to say that very few of us have seen Australia; meaning ALL of Australia. It’s a big land with big cities separated by vast amounts of big sky, just waiting to be explored. Not many of us are heading overseas at the moment, so it stands to reason that one of the prize options in Mater Cars for Cancer lottery 101 is a Toyota Prado Kakadu and a Jayco campervan. Throw in a couple of Dyson eBikes and the nation is there for the taking.
There are few cars on the market as versatile as the Toyota Prado. As equally at home on the school run as it is on the Birdsville Track, it’s a testament to the model’s popularity and capability that Toyota has issued its first major upgrade in six years. This isn’t a watershed model changeover like the incoming 300-series Landcruiser, but instead, a finessing to bring the big Prado into 2021 and is probably an indicator as to just how right the design was from the outset.
Inside, the new Prado Kakadu receives a nine-inch infotainment system with no less than 14 high-quality JBL speakers, plus three wireless headphones for when you say ‘no’ to your kids adding JoJo Siwa to your Jay-Z, Jebediah, and Elton John playlist.
The Prado is a highly capable touring wagon, with on-road safety features such as Pedestrian Detection, Cyclist Detection, Active Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert and even Road Sign Assist. Some of these will be handy on the school run, some on the Great Ocean Road.
The range-topping Kakadu is the only Prado variant to get Toyota’s Kinetic Dynamic Suspension and Multi-Terrain Select Systems. These two features allow the Prado to sit flat when cornering, hunker down on the highway and raise ground clearance to crest over rough ground. You can even disconnect the swaybars to give the axles greater articulation, allowing the Prado to get into some pretty serious off-road situations without the need for further, aftermarket upgrades. You can explore your own way, should you hold the winning ticket.
Of course, holding the winning ticket isn’t necessarily your window to commanding views of the school run coupled with the occasional off-road adventure. Mater Cars for Cancer will also give you a Fiat Ducato with a full campervan conversion by Jayco, one of Australia’s leading recreational vehicle producers.
The Jayco FD-19.1 provides all the comforts and amenities of home in a tidy RV enclosed entirely within a standard Ducato van body. This gives the Jayco the flexibility to be a second car, with a pair of rear seats for friends or kids. And while the Jayco only sleeps two, the four-metre box awning increases usable space markedly, creating an area for a couple more bodies to bunk down. The van includes a toilet and shower, two-burner cooktop, 85L fridge, 100amp auxiliary battery system and solar panels, so you’re only limited by your desires, not the availability of a powered caravan site.
The experience of exploring off-grid is enhanced by a pair of Dyson Hard Tail Evo mountain bikes, meaning you’re only limited in your adventure by how far your electrically-assisted legs will take you. Park the Jayco, get on the bikes and explore the countryside, getting more progress with every pedal. The eight-speed transmission will make mincemeat of the mountains, while the hydraulic disc brakes will be welcome when you head down the other side.
During the week, the Dyson bikes are equally usable on the daily commute, much like the Fiat or the Prado, making this one of the most flexible Mater Cars for Cancer prize options ever. There’s plenty of Australia to see and so few of us have seen it all. A ticket in the latest lottery may just be the passport to explore the rest of the country, your way.