December 14, 2019
Heading off on an adventure is an exciting prospect, but good planning ensures that you get the most out of your trip.
Here are 10 travel tips to ensure you get the best from your Litchfield outback experience – visual wonders, dirt roads and all.
- Take note of the road rules as many outback roads have their own ‘rules’.
For example, it is expected that slower vehicles will allow faster vehicles to past them by hugging the left side of the road. Slow down on dirt roads for on-coming traffic, so you don’t spray rocks into cars or onto their windows.
- Prior to your journey let someone know where you are headed, your expected stopovers and when you plan to get back.
Mobile phone coverage is limited once you leave town outskirts and not all telephone providers service this area. So let someone know your plans, this way if anything goes unexpectedly wrong, friends back home can know your approximate location in order to notify help.
- Bring extra cash to cover water, food and petrol.
Technology fails and it can be a long drive to the next ATM. You never know when you may have to drive an extra 100kms or stay an extra night, so it’s important to have backup cash (coins and notes) as a safety net.
- Preparation beats boredom.
As anyone with experience will tell you, travelling long distances can quickly become tedious. Plan for this by bringing plenty of music, audio books or car games, which can keep you entertained for extended periods. There are no chemists in our area, do you have your prescriptions? Ensure you have enough fuel to make it to the next station.
- Avoid driving into the night.
Nothing is more dangerous than a tired driver, so limit any driving after sunset. The daylight will also help you steer clear of roaming animals.
- It’s going to be hot! And depending on the time of year, maybe wet.
Do some research before your journey to ensure you have the appropriate clothing, sunscreen and water. You don’t want to be stuck on the side of the road without anything to drink.
- Wear sensible shoes and comfortable clothes.
If you plan on making plenty of stops, make sure you have a pair of shoes easily accessible; this way, you will not have to take on any rocks in thongs or do that hot ground dance. Remember to be sun safe – wear sunscreen and hats.
- Check your vehicle regularly.
Make sure your vehicle has been serviced prior to your trip and regularly check oil, water and tyres. Make your spare tyre is in good condition and inflated. Do you have your wheel jack and brace?
- Take your time exploring.
Don’t breeze through the trip – take time to appreciate everything you see. Chances are you will not be back there anytime soon.
- Plan your trip ahead of time.
The most important tip is to make sure that you know where you will be going and what you can expect to encounter. Research and be prepared.