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You want it we have it. From snow to super hot heat. The best food and Barbecues The best looking girls in the world ( only kidding). But we do have the best outback travel. For green go south and for desert go north.
you may see: Roo's Dingoes Camels, Horses, Cats. That's about all you may see, oh and the odd lion or the West Australian Wild Dog. (So I'm told)
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OUTBACK TRAVEL INFO.
Always carry enough water as it is scarce and hard to come by. Don't steal water from farms. Ensure you have cooking gear and medical kit. Check your maps to where you are going to ensure you can carry enough fuel. Don't forget fuel for your return. Let some one know where you are going if you intend bushing on rare tracks. Watch out for snakes, Crocks in the deep north, Scorpions. Check weather depending on season. Even a four wheel drive bogs in mud. Walk river crossings before driving through. ( watch the
crocodiles) The fresh water are regarded as safe to humans and salt water ones
are the dangerous eat you type.
Crossing Rivers with Crocodile's
cross or wade through a river with Crocodiles first approach the water with
caution. Bring your hands together just under the surface and skim the top of
the water a few times. The noise in the water will clear the area so you can
cross in safety. ( you got to give the impression of something bigger and more
dangerous coming in ) NOTE: Use extreme caution if
trying this method. I don't know how true it is. I was told this by somebody.
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Emergency Water :
Should you be stuck for drinking water there are
tricks to getting some. One is the good old plastic bag trick where you
cover the leaves of trees overnight and you will have water in the morning. The
other method is to look for a green clump of trees and bush, dig down and you
will find water usually around three meters deep. Should you be on the coast
I have heard that digging down not far from the ocean (Usually about 100 meters in) will also give you drinkable water.
Wildlife in W.A North: The
only ones you are likely to see are:
Found on the open forest and grasslands.
alone in rocky hill country.
all over. Keeps away from people. Adopted as friends by the Aboriginal
Fresh Water Crocodile:
up to 3m. Supposed to be harmless unless injured or threatened, I don't trust
most common found.
Bats or called here Sugar Glider : A tiny creature and totally harmless.
the most common, up to 2m long and being the largest in Australia.
and a variety, most being poisonous.
Wildflowers By Debbie
After the winter rain
the North comes alive with heavy flower carpets and plants that grow in the
remote areas. Plants that grow here are:
Pea. Grows to 2m with big purple flowers. Found in the Ashburton
Grows in the Kimberleys. Has a bottle shaped trunk which Grows up to 2.5m in
Bats Wing Coral
Vine. Also in the Kimberleys. Grows to 10m high. Has a rough corky bark with
batwing shaped leafs, hence its name.
glory. Found south of Carnarvon. Grows around the beach area.
Podolepis. Found in the Shark Bay Area. A daisy with soft female ray
Also in the Shark Bay area. Grows up to 2m. Grows in sand.
A ephemeral herb with numerous ascending stems. Flowers open for only one day.
Found widely through the North-west coast heading South.
Everlasting. Gives a impressive display of flowers lasting a few weeks. Found from the
Minilya River heading South.
A pea shaped flower . Grow on shrubs that grow up to 2 m. Found widely through
the North West.
Hairy Mulla Mulla.
Grows up to 40cm tall, with numerous branching stems. Found North West and into
Kapok Bush. A
small tree that grows to around 5 m tall. Found on rocky hillsides in the
Grows up to 35cm tall with sticky leaves to trap insects. Found around the upper
part of the Murchison River.
Pink and White
Everlasting. After rain they add colour to the arid 'Mulga' country.
Found in the sand plains and dunes from Shark Bay to Meekatharra.
Bluebell. A perennial herb that grows up to 2 m. Found along gorges, rivers and dunes.
Found along the coat and in the desert.
Everlasting. Mingled with other ephemerals it forms vast carpets. From Coral
Bay heading East to the desert fringe.
Sturt's Desert Pea.
Occurs on the North West coast and East into the desert.
Tall Mulla Mulla.
Grows to around !.5m. The flowers spikes grow up to 10cm long and 4cm wide.
Found in the North West.
This flower has sepals and petals 12-18mm long. Usually found in Eucalypts trees
in the Kimberly region.
Weeping Mulla Mulla.
Has long wiry stems carrying small rose-pink flowers.
Tree. Largest native legumes in WA .This flower has petals around 9cm long and seed
pods 60cm. The tree grows to 10m with leaves up to 40cm. Found
upper North West
and the KImberly.
woolly shrub that grows between 1-2m, with large berry like fruit. Found on
rocky hillsides from Carnarvon to Port Headland and then extending into the
A soft shrub that grows between 1to2-5m tall. Bright yellow flowers with a
crimson centre. Found from the Ashburton River east to the desert and the Kimberlys.
Prod. A herb commonly found in the Kimberly region. Has a pea shaped pod
which rattle when dry.
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Most the video was shot using the cannon E110. You can notice the difference with later shots using the Panasonic Digital. The pictures are captured from the movie cameras. There are a few normal camera shots but these are few. The clips are very short bits from the final movie but the quality has been cut down to cater for the webs slow resolution and speed.
Videos are available on request of different parts of WA. E-Mail for more
information on these. At present most where only VHS format, but
now they are also available on DVD and in CD Rom format
(Vcd / Svcd).
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
To escape Perth's winter, best time for the North is end of June or early July. The weather north is warm but not hot. November is a good time as then it is a comfortable hot and ideal to swim. From end of January it gets extremely hot and many find it too uncomfortable. Avoid the wet season with its cyclones. For the South best times are Perth's Summer months unless you like wet and cold. The South is very green with large forests and National parks everywhere. Oh and beaches if you keep to the coast.
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Wood in the north is scarce and not suitable for camp fires. I carry a 2 burner gas stove with a spare single cook top and a small single burner camp bottle as spare. A decent pillow, as little clothes as possible, tin food and sausage meat for me and the dogs. Generator with 20
liters fuel drum. Battery torch and lantern with 1 set spare batteries. Fishing gear and fishing knife. 80
liters water as water is scarce. Tools for emergency. Medical kit. Maps of local area. Compass for bush travel. Tent gear. Stainless steel kettle and 2
Billy cans for cooking. 2 electric tire pumps.
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to arrange travel adventure
are numerous tour companies who all offer something slightly different. Their ternaries
are good but the time is short. I have found from experience and feedback from
others that you can have a more enjoyable time having your own vehicle and being
independent. This way you plan where you want to go and how long you want to
stay at your own leisure. Hiring a 4WD for a trip can even work out cheaper than
an organized tour. Look at all the pros and cons then decide. For a adventure
with reasonable comfort and a short trip bush the tour is the way to go. For the
robust adventurer with lots of time your own vehicle most definitely. 4WD
vehicles can be hired as plain or ready for camping with bed, kitchen etc. For
more information and our recommendations see links above.
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Last updated: Saturday, November 03, 2012