This is the twenty-third and final page of 23 with related information about making the most of your caravan holiday. At the bottom of this page I have links to the other pages and I suggest you check these out as well.
The free useful tips for survival in the bush and outback provided here will hopefully make your journey safer and easier. The outback of Australia can be harsh and if you are driving in remote areas you should take a number of precautions.
The outback of Australia can be a harsh environment, subject to droughts, floods, bushfires and cyclones. Most Australians have a basic awareness of the dangers and survival in the bush and outback.
Before leaving the beaten track try to find out what awaits you. Visit the local visitor information centre or park rangers, listen to the local radio station and read the local paper. You should notify the local police or property owners of your journey and ask about conditions on your intended route and when you expect to return. Check in when you arrive at your destination and when you return. If you have a well prepared vehicle, a supply of tools and spare parts, some mechanical knowledge (or at least a workshop manual) and sufficient food and water for at least 14 days, there is only a very slim chance of running into trouble.
If you are going into an isolated or remote area, your most serious threat is that of becoming stranded. Do not assume that a road indicates habitation. It could lead to an abandoned homestead or geological survey site.
Note these tips for driving cross country do not only apply to us in Australia, they are appropriate everywhere.
Tips for driving cross country if your car breaks down in a hot, dry region:
Stay with the vehicle and do not panic. If you must leave the car, attach a note to the steering wheel stating your proposed route. Move at night when it is cool and mark your route clearly as you go so you can be followed or find your way back easily.
Ration your food and water supplies. Keep them cool under the car, scraping a shallow hole to place them in.
Cover as much of your body as possible with light clothing; this reduces perspiration.
Rest to conserve energy. Do strenuous jobs only at night.
Make a sunshade from a tarpaulin or blanket strung from the south side of the car. Stay in shade.
Make a solar still if water supplies are low.
Identify the closest high ground. Remove you car's rear-view mirror to use for signalling, and prepare appropriate air search signals.
Becoming stranded is not un-common: cars get bogged; dinghies break down; bushwalkers wander off the track. The best insurance for survival in the bush against a simple mishap turning into a life-threatening situation is to carry a suitable communication device (like a mobile phone).
In addition, observe these basic survival in the bush and outback tips:
Do not try to walk out of a remote area for assistance.
Stay with, or close to, your vehicle or boat.
If the weather is hot or wet, set up shelter from the elements.
Wear sensible clothing including a hat and footwear.
Conserve your food and water supplies in anticipation of a long wait.
Conserve your energy.
Try to signal for help using fire, or scratch the word “help” into the ground or sand.
The most important thing is Do Not Panic. Even if you do go off the beaten track that never seems to be used, you are rarely alone. A fellow traveler will appear sooner or later (within days, not weeks).
8 Planning Your Trip (when to travel, weather, school and public holidays, local events, finding your way, GPS, maps and guides, visitor information centres, permits, Aboriginal land, National Parks, private land)
Hopefully, after digesting all this information you will have a fantastic caravan holiday. (With many more extended trips in the future). If you find it all too hard have a look at where Our Tours go and you may wish to consider one of these.