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12-year-old boy tried to drive solo across Australia before being stopped

Driving across Australia, of all places, isn’t something you do on a whim.

Yet that was the plan for one kid, who was stopped by police after driving 1,200 kilometres (745 miles) from the country’s east coast.

“Checks revealed the driver to be a 12-year-old boy travelling from Kendall, NSW, on his way to Perth,” New South Wales Police said in a statement, via ABC News. But it wasn’t bad driving, apparently, that caught the eye of authorities.

The boy was pulled over after authorities noticed the car’s bumper was dragging along the road on the Barrier Highway, located in the far-west of the state of New South Wales. He was arrested and taken to Broken Hill Police Station, where inquiries are continuing.

The distance from Kendall to Perth is a mammoth 4,095 kilometres (2,558 miles), which would take 43 hours of driving to complete. Even a flight from one side of the country to the other would nearly seven hours.

Part of the trip would’ve included crossing the Nullarbor Plain, a 1,256 kilometre (781 mile) stretch of highway which is Australia’s longest and flattest road. The country’s tourism site recommends “carrying extra petrol and plenty of water and food” due to its remoteness.

Again, it’s not a trip you can do randomly.

IMAGE: It’s not a trip for the faint-hearted IMAGE: FLICKR/AMANDA SLATER

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