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What should I take?
Common sense dictates that you should have the car serviced before you go. Check you have a spare wheel and the necessary tools, such as a jack. 4WD vehicles owners, often have a range of other equipment as well.

When travelling to remote areas, ensure you have spare water and some non perishable food stashed / tucked away in your vehicle, a good idea if you get delayed between towns or because of weather. This bit of planning will make an unexpected delay, a comfort break rather than a big problem due to lack of water or food. Make sure that your planned en-route stops, will have any necessities, such as fuel.

How much time do I need for a trip?

Create a travel plan, allowing flexibility to changes in the itinerary. Don't try and rush the trip to get to your destination. Allowing for comfort stops and breaks means you will get to your destination with some degree of safety.
Bush Etiquette
  • Leave all gates as you found them, this means usually they are closed.
  • Always seek permission before entering private or leasehold land.
  • If a road is closed because it is wet, stay off it, penalties may apply for this unwelcome behaviour.
  • If fossicking, ensure you have permission/permits and fill in any holes that you make.
  • Don't take dogs or firearms on to private properties, government parks, reserves etc.
  • Dispose of rubbish properly, take it with you.
Outback Safety
  • If travelling into remote areas, advise someone of your destination.
  • Ask the locals for information and advice.
  • Drive carefully and slow down on unsealed roads.
  • Slow down on approaching curves and bends, especially on unsealed roads.
  • Drive carefully in the early morning and dusk, native wildlife are more active at these times.
  • If you do break down, stay with your car.
  • Ensure you carry some hoses and belts for your car.
  • Ensure you have calculated enough fuel between fuel stops.
  • Ensure you have enough water for your personal and passengers consumption.
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