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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.

What 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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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

To 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 :  

animated leaf dripping waterShould 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.

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Wildlife in W.A North: The only ones you are likely to see are:

 Agile Wallaby Found on the open forest and grasslands. 

Common Wallaroo: Lives alone in rocky hill country.

Dingo: Found all over. Keeps away from people. Adopted as friends by the Aboriginal people. 

Fresh Water Crocodile: Grows up to 3m. Supposed to be harmless unless injured or threatened, I don't trust them. 

Red Kangaroo: The most common found. 

Bats or called here Sugar Glider : A tiny creature and totally harmless.

Lizards: Perenty being the most common, up to 2m long and being the largest in Australia. 

Snakes: Heaps and a variety, most being poisonous. 

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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:


Ashburton Pea. Grows to 2m with big purple flowers. Found in the Ashburton Fortescue areas.

Boab.  Grows in the Kimberleys. Has a bottle shaped trunk which Grows up to 2.5m in diameter.

Bats Wing Coral Vine. Also in the Kimberleys. Grows to 10m high. Has a rough corky bark with batwing shaped leafs, hence its name.

Beach morning glory. Found south of Carnarvon. Grows around the beach area.

Bright  Podolepis. Found in the Shark Bay Area. A daisy with soft female ray flowers.

Climbing Daisy. Also in the Shark Bay area. Grows up to 2m. Grows in sand.

Desert Parakeelya. A ephemeral herb with numerous ascending stems. Flowers open for only one day. Found widely through the North-west coast heading South.

Golden Everlasting. Gives a impressive display of flowers lasting a few weeks. Found from the Minilya River heading South.

Green Birdflower.  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 the desert.

Kapok Bush. A small tree that grows to around 5 m tall. Found on rocky hillsides in the Kimberly's.

Northern Byblis. 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.

Poached-egg Daisies. Found in the sand plains and dunes from Shark Bay to Meekatharra. 

Rough Bluebell. A perennial herb that grows up to 2 m. Found along gorges, rivers and dunes. Found along the coat and in the desert. 

Splendid 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.

Tree Orchid. 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.

White Dragon 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.

Wild Tomato. A 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 Kimberlys.

Yellow Hibiscus. 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.

Rattle 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).

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BEST TIME TO TRAVEL                        animated sun

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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CAMPING GEAR                                          

animated fireWood 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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How to arrange travel adventure

There 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


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