Something we all plan on doing at some time – so let’s do it right!
Always inform someone of your destination, planned route and estimated arrival time as well as the make and registration number of your car and how many passengers you are taking.
Obtain necessary permits and permission from appropriate authorities if travelling interstate, on private land, through indigenous communities, into national parks & various other restricted access areas, before leaving home. Access permits vary from state to state & locations. Not all roads are open to all. Some permits require forward planning & pre-payment of fees. Some permits are available locally. Always check before entering these areas.
If travelling in a remote area, always carry some form of communication device with you. Even the humble UHF radio can get you out of trouble. Remember mobile phones are of little use in these areas. If possible, take a satellite phone or EPIRB. These are available for purchase or hire.
Note: The Australian emergency mobile phone number is 112.
Carry adequate water, food, fuel and clothes on all trips. Weather and road conditions can change extremely quickly and you may find yourself having to spend longer in a place than you had planned, or having to detour to get to safety.
If you do break down always stay with your vehicle and use something that is visible from the air to make a signal. A smoking fire is highly visible especially during the day.
Remember: You have a greater chance of being found if you stay with your vehicle!
There are a multitude of websites available offering more information on this topic or alternatively, you can always check with other experienced club members who have previously travelled to your planned location.