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The best places to camp

 

You are now allowed to hit the road in WA when Phase 2 Coronavirus travel restrictions come into effect.

Restrictions are to be relaxed with travel allowed between the new regional borders, displayed in the map below – coming into place on Monday 18 May.

We’ve come up with our top camping spots within the Perth and Peel, Wheatbelt, Great Southern & South West Regions.

Perth and Peel Region

Dwellingup

Lane Poole Reserve (100kms from Perth)

Just east of Dwellingup, along the banks of the Murray River are large camping areas and smaller private enclaves.

Pack your walking boots, mountain bike, (and if you’re game enough) kayak and canoes!

Other campgrounds in this area are Baden Powell, Charlie’s Flat, Chuditch, Nanga Mill, Nanga Townsite, Stringers, Tony’s Bend, Yarragil and Nanga Brook.

Beelu National Park (About 45 minutes from Perth)

Located in Mundaring, this camping area is the perfect first-timer experience as it is close enough to Perth whilst still being in the bush.

It is part of the Perth Hills Discovery Centre which means there are amenities available. There are many walk trails to discover including sections of the Bibbulmun Track and mountain biking on the Munda Biddi Trail.

Yalgorup National Park

Martins Tank (About 1 and a half hours from Perth)

Close to Preston Beach for fishing, swimming and walk trails to take in nature. Yalgorup means place of lakes. Check out Lake Clifton where amazing living fossils called Thrombolites can be found.

Yanchep National Park

Henry White Oval (52km North East of Perth)

Only 43 minutes from Perth is a campsite in Yanchep National Park in the Wanneroo Shire. There is a lovely meadow feel nestled in the tuart and banksia woodlands. It’s the perfect long weekend getaway with young kids.

You can check out Yanchep Lake, the Adventure Tree’s course, Crystal Cave, Yonderup Cave and Cabaret Cave.

You must book online and it is a super popular campsite (due to the proximity to Perth and affordability). Sites are allocated on a first come first serve basis so get there early!

Wheatbelt Region

Baladjie Rock (Approximately 3.5 hours’ drive from Perth)

Located 42km north of the Shire of Westonia.

Bring your camera with you and climb up the main rock for a spectacular view over the lake system and surrounding landscape. Keep your eyes peeled for Ornate Dragon Lizards (Ctenophorus ornatus) who also call this area home.  

Billiburning Rock  (358 kilometres east of Perth)

Located in the Shire of Mt Marshall

One of the best reasons to visit the site has to be the spectacular views from the top of Marshall Rock where one can see Lake McDermott, vast agricultural lands and even the Bencubbin Wheatbins.

The best time of year to come here is Spring (September to November) when there are masses of wildflowers. This Outcrop 35km north of Beacon provides excellent views of both cropping and pastoral country. This site is also dog-friendly.

Beringbooding Rock (298 kilometres east of Perth)

Located on the corners of Beringbooding Road and Cunderdin Road is a real gem if you enjoy exploring walk trails and natural attractions. Beringbooding has an amazing balancing boulder, a huge gnamma hole and Aboriginal hand paintings at the rear of the rock, painted by the Kalamaia Tribe.

Elachbutting Rock (Just over 4 hours from Perth) If Wave Rock is too far to travel, about 366 kilometres from Perth is a very similar rock formation.  

Karalee Dam (298 kilometres east of Perth) Popular camping spot on the Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail.

Kwolyin – Kokerbin Rock (298 kilometres east of Perth) Campsite is located 9kms south of Kokerbin Rock.

Great Southern

Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park

Set up and enjoy the new facilities at Conto campground (19km south of Margaret River). Keep in mind this is a popular destination during the school-holidays.

Fitzgerald River National Park

Travelling via Hopetoun stay at the Four Mile campground or Hamersley Inlet. It is the perfect time (July to October) to catch a glimpse of the humpback whales with their newborn calves.

Walk the new Mamang Trail to Fitzgerald Inlet.

St Mary’s Inlet, near Bremer Bay

Located in the coastal dunes of Fitzgerald River National Park, St Mary’s is ideal for whale watching. Nearby at Point Ann is a whale nursery.

Cape Le Grand

Lucky Bay campground (Located 50km south east of Esperance)

Here’s an old favourite and for good reason; the white beach and turquoise waters are a must see.

Stokes National Park

Benwenerup campground (80km west of Esperance.)

A 4WD is needed to access some parts of this park. This small campground is nestled on the banks of Stokes Inlet. Sites are allocated on a first come first served basis. It’s a great place to unwind and experience nature at its best with activities such as kayaking, fishing, bushwalking. 

South West

Wellington National Park

Honeymoon Pool (18km west of Collie)

Set among beautiful trees it is a popular spot, especially with the easy swimming access to the tranquil river.

Boranup Forest, near Augusta

Situated in a beautiful karri forest, you’ll feel surrounded by nature in this campsite.

Warren National Park

Heartbreak Trail, near Pemberton

Located on the banks of the Warren River in the Warren National Park, both Drafty’s Camp and Warren Camp are beautiful spots for camping.

D’Entrecasteaux National Park

Black Point, near Augusta

Accessible only by 4WD and located within D’Entrecasteaux National Park. Plenty of basic campsites, some with picnic tables. Just a short drive to great fishing and surfing spots on the south coast.

Banksia Camp, near Walpole

With pristine beaches nearby this is a great campsite for groups! 4WD access only.

Keep in mind
While we can go camping in our region, remember to keep to social distancing rules, stay in small groups (10 or less) and be aware of personal hygiene at the communal kitchen and toilet blocks. 

WA Region May 18

When You Are Ready, Your Adventure Awaits!

When You Are Ready, Your Adventure Awaits

Our current situation is not going to last forever, and things will return to normal, including road trip holidays…yay!

This has been a tough and uncertain year so far.

We believe the best way to get through this hardship is to plan for the future. We want to give people something to look forward to and dream about.

To see our beautiful country the best way we know how… on the road, off road; in a 200 series Toyota Landcruiser with a roof top tent!

Red Dirt Roof Top Tent Set Up
Whether it be a weekend away near home, a trip to another state or discovering somewhere in Australia you’ve always wanted to visit. Check out some of our itineraries here.

Whether you’re Camping, 4WDing or just touring, we want to help you get there.

We’re ready and your epic road trip adventure awaits!

Postpone, Don’t Cancel

We would like to thank you for supporting us!

In a statement released by the Tourism Council of Western Australia, CEO Evan Hall urges tourists to postpone, rather than cancel, any planned holidays in WA that can’t currently take place due to the COVID-19 pandemic… and tourism businesses were relaxing their cancellation policies to allow credits so visitors could return at a later date.

“On behalf of tourism businesses across the State, we ask that you do not cancel your holiday – just postpone it.

Get in touch with tourism businesses and postpone your booking for a better time,” Evan Hall Tourism Council WA CEO

We would like to keep our customers up to date with how our company is responding to COVID 19 and in particular options surrounding rental bookings.

We are offering the following incentives for all clients to reschedule their holiday:

Price

For rescheduled bookings made up until 30th June 2020 we will honor 2020/21 rental rates.

Discount

For rescheduled bookings made up until 30th June 2020 we will discount your rental rates by a further 5%

Generous redemption period

Customers will have 24 months to redeem their postponed booking.

Click here for more information.

As we emerge from the current travel environment, you may wish to convert your cancellation request into a booking. In these circumstances you will be afforded the same postponement incentives as previously stated.

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

This information is valid as of 1.04.2020 as it is likely to change as the situation progresses, please check back regularly for updated information.

We would like to keep our customers up to date with how our company is responding to COVID 19 and in particular options surrounding rental bookings. This is an ever changing situation and as a result our position is being constantly reviewed and the information below is current as of 1st April 2020.

During the current period where extenuating circumstances exist, such as government-mandated restrictions on travel, quarantine, etc. we have made the following exceptions to our cancellation policy.

Australian Government direction

We will waive the normal cancellation fee whilst the Australian Government has an official travel warning or ban in place that prevents you from reaching your collection point on the first day/ date of rental.

What can you do if you are affected by a COVID 19 event?

Should your booking be affected by our cancellation policy there are 3 avenues to consider;

  1. Reschedule your booking
  2. Monitor relief packages being offered by your travel insurance provider
  3. Work with us to ensure all customers have access to their entitlements based on the company’s desire to deliver a sustainable outcome for everybody

During this period our administration staff are still on hand to assist you. Please be aware the team are currently experiencing a high level of telephone and email traffic, and therefore we apologise in advance if our response time is longer than what would normally be expected.

Reschedule your booking

When you are ready, your journey awaits………

Our current situation is not going to last forever, and things will return to normal, including road trip holidays.  You are welcome to book for the same time next year or for different dates, duration or direction of travel.

Should you wish to Postpone your booking, 100% of any cancellation fee or deposit will be offset against future travel and we will reward your support with a further discount.

For many customers it will be more advantageous to reschedule a booking rather than to cancel the booking altogether.

We are offering the following incentives for all clients to reschedule their holiday

Price

For rescheduled bookings made up until 30th June 2020 we will honor 2020/21 rental rates.

Discount

For rescheduled bookings made up until 30th June 2020 we will discount your rental rates by a further 5%

Generous redemption period

Customers will have 24 months to redeem their postponed booking.

Credit Note issued

Should you not have new dates in mind, the company will issue a Credit Note preserving the value of your booking for a later date. Our team will be in regular contact with you to help you arrange your trip.

Availability

Rescheduling will ensure that preferred dates and direction of travel are secured for the customer. As we are offering an incentive to reschedule rather than cancel, we anticipate 2021 fleet capacity will be taken up earlier than normal booking trends.

Get in early….

Product changes permitted

You are welcome to change your selected product to any vehicle type offered by Crikey Campers or Red Dirt 4WD Rental.

Vehicle selection is naturally subject to availability.

No cost changes

We do not charge fees should a booking need to be changed slightly after air travel is booked.

Changes are naturally subject to availability.

Travel Insurance

In some cases, your travel insurance provider may cover your cancellation costs.

It is becoming apparent that some providers, including those products offered by your Credit Card provider are altering their initial stance of “No cover” since Government travel restrictions have been imposed.

Contact your provider and stay abreast of their current claim payment policy.

Please contact our staff to obtain the necessary documentation to support your claim.

We are in this together

In cases where you are owed money by the company we ask you to work with us.

The unforeseeable and sudden nature of the events leading to a large number of booking cancellations over a short period of time will put significant pressure on the cash reserves of all tourism providers. We are affected by this scenario.

We ask you to work with us so we can address the scale of the company’s exposure and provide a sustainable payment plan to all those that qualify.

It will take the cooperation of all stakeholders to achieve this outcome.

As the effect of current events have not yet settled, please be aware that the company is not in the position to commit to a defined time frame at this point.

As we emerge from the current travel environment, you may wish to convert your cancellation request into a booking. In these circumstances you will be afforded the same postponement incentives as originally offered.

The company will be constantly monitoring official advice and work to maintain the health and safety of its clients and staff.

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in contact.

Regards, Andrew Woodcock
Director – Crikey Campers (WA) Pty Ltd

Important Announcement

 

Operational Shut Down

Following the advice of the Australian Government and World Health Organisation, we are devastated to inform you that our business will be going into “Operational Shut Down” until 30th April 2020, after which time our position will be reviewed. At this stage it looks very likely that the shut-down will extend beyond this initial date.

This certainly was not an easy decision for us to make, although as we operate throughout regional Western Australian and Northern Territory, we feel a strong sense of social responsibility to not only keep our guests and employees safe, but also to protect our regional communities.

It is with great sadness that we have had to let many of our valued staff members go as we respond to the challenging trading environment.

However, we are still here to help.

In the interim our administration team will still be on hand. The administration team are currently focused on managing the insurmountable level of booking alterations and maintaining communication with our valued clients during this ever-changing situation.

For those travelers who were planning to visit our region in 2020, we hope you are able to postpone your travel plans and join us in 2021, or as soon as we can responsibly recommence our rental operations.

All current bookings are fully transferable, and we have committed to honoring 2020 rates for these existing bookings if you elect to postpone. Our team are working through current bookings and will contact you in due course.

If you are considering new travel plans with us, no booking deposit will be required until the appropriate Australian Government travel restrictions are lifted.

We appreciate your support and understanding.

Regards,

Andrew Woodcock

Director – Crikey Campers (WA) Pty Ltd

I’m going to holiday here this year!

Holiday Here This Year Tourism Australia

Tourism Australia is launching a campaign to encourage holidaymakers to continue to adventure to our beautiful country – Holiday Here This Year.

See Australia. Our home. And support all the incredible people who live here. Because now, more than any other time, Australia needs you to say,

“I’m going to holiday here this year.”


Over the past few weeks and months, bushfires have torn through our communities. But, through the worst, we have seen the best of Australians.

Generosity, resilience and a sense of responsibility for the wellbeing of each other that can only be described as mateship. And yet the challenge isn’t over.

As holidaymakers look elsewhere, the Australian communities who rely on tourism to thrive need our support. Tour guides. Restaurateurs. Cabbies. Dive instructors. Baristas. Hoteliers. Retailers. Artists… the list is endless. And most of them are good to go, ready for your visit.

That’s why we’re asking everyone to get out there to see our beautiful country. What better way to explore the Australian Landscape than on a road trip.

Book a week or weekend away. Hire a Red Dirt 4WD and get on  your adventure!

Revisit your favourite spot or discover somewhere new.

There are beds aplenty at hotels, resorts and campsites. And locals just waiting to say ‘G’day’.

Whether you are planning a getaway in Australia’s South West, a visit to the amazing Coral Coast or an adventure of a lifetime in some of the most spectacular outback areas on Earth, it is important to have the right vehicle to tackle the Australian environment.

Western Australia and the Northern Territory have so much to offer and we would love to help you get there! With a range of itineraries there is something for all types of journeys, from Exploring the best Perth has to offer to how to tackle the Gibb River Road

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Perth to Perth itinerary including Karijini National Park

Itinerary including Karijini National Park

Leg 1: Perth to Cervantes – 200 kms (2.5 hours)

On the way to Cervantes, stop at Yanchep National Park. This is a great place for the kids, offering a koala viewing area, caves and an aboriginal experience.
Cervantes is well-known for its Pinnacles Desert. You can learn all about those strange structures at the Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre. Just a kilometre from the town centre lies Lake Thetis, where you can observe stromatolites, most commonly known as “living fossils”. Those have been dated to about 3370 years old! Further North of Cervantes, you will find Sandy Cape, a nice little spot where you swim and watch the sunset. If you have a 4WD, you can choose to stay at Sandy Cape, otherwise stay at the RAC Cervantes caravan park.

Leg 2: Cervantes to Kalbarri

Kalbarri is a popular stop over for people on their way to Shark Bay or Monkey Mia. There are many natural attractions to visit such as Natures Window and the Z-Bend Lookout located in Kalbarri National Park. You can also go whale watching as the humpback whale migration happens between May and August. Stay at the Kalbarri caravan park.

Leg 3: Non-travel day

Leg 4: Kalbarri to Monkey Mia – 397 kms (5 hours)

If you want to break up the drive, Hamelin Pool has a museum and boardwalk over the stromatolites. Interesting history and the tea rooms do meals and a fantastic Devonshire Tea. Camping could be in either Denham Township or Monkey Mia.

Leg 5: Non-travel day

Monkey Mia is world-famous for its dolphins. A group of wild bottle-nose dolphins come to the shore nearly everyday to be fed by humans. South of Monkey Mia, you will find Denham and Francois Peron National Park. This National Park offers diverse experiences, including four-wheel-driving. 50 minutes away from Monkey Mia, you will arrive at Shell Beach, where shells replace the beach sand and stretches over 100 kilometres!

Leg 6: Monkey Mia to Coral Bay – 580 kms(7 hours)

In contrast to other locations, the coral reef starts right at the water’s edge. Coral Bay is a very popular holiday destination for Western Australians. It is recommended to book well in advance when travelling during school holidays. This place is a marine paradise where visitors have plenty of activities to choose from: snorkeling, fishing, swimming with whale sharks…You can even visit the reef shark nursery between October and March, which is only a 20 minutes walk from Main Beach. Stay at the Coral Bay caravan park.

Leg 7: Non-travel day

Enjoy the day swimming and exploring.

Leg 8: Coral Bay to Exmouth/ Cape Range National Park

The Ningaloo reef is a long coral reef swarms with turtles, tropical fish, manta rays, humpback whales and even whale sharks. No wonder that Ningaloo Reef is listed as a World Heritage Place! Whether you like snorkeling, diving or swimming, you will not be disappointed! Cape Range National Park supports a range of unique wildlife habitats from existing ocean reef to ancient reef, rugged limestone, gorges and cave systems. Throughout the park, there are ample opportunities to view wildlife. You can camp within Cape Range National Park, or in one of the caravan parks in the area. Yardie Homestead Caravan Park also seems to offer good facilities.

Leg 9: Non-travel day

Leg 10: Exmouth/ Cape Range National Park to Karijini – 674 kms (8.5 hours)

One of the big attraction of Karijini National Park is its accessibility. Simply walk 50 metres and peer straight into a deep gorge to see waterfalls and rock pools below. There are many walk trails available to further explore the gorges. Karijini’s main highlights are Fortescue Falls, Circular Pool and Fern Pool. Stay at the Karijini Eco Retreat if you have a 4WD or stay at Dales Campsite if you don’t.

Leg 11: Non-travel day

Leg 12: Non-travel day

Leg 13: Karijini to Mount Magnet or Paynes Find – 376 kms (4.5 hours)

A long drive. Get an early start and see how far you get. At the very least you should get to Mount Magnet, but if you can get to Paynes Find or further it will make the last day a lot easier.

Leg 14: Drive back to Perth (5-6 hours)

Travel times are estimated based on an average speed of 80km p/h. While the maximum legal speed while towing is 100km p/h, the travel times indicated should allow for delays due to road works, traffic and fuel/ food / bathroom stops.

Travel times and distances are approximate and we recommend using as a guide only along with a published map book or GPS navigational system.

The trip can be done in the reverse direction, however we find that doing the coast first is beneficial in case it becomes too windy. If it’s too windy, you can head inland to Karijini earlier than expected where it is more protected. If you do Karijini first you don’t have anywhere new to go to get away from the wind.

 

Perth to Broome Itinerary including the Coral Coast and Karijini National Park

Perth to Broome Itinerary including the Coral Coast and Karijini National Park

 

Traveling North will take you along the Coral Coast. The Coral Coast extends over 1100 kilometres of white beaches and offers the opportunity to swim with whale sharks, dolphins, humpback whales and manta rays. For the water sport lovers, there are countless opportunities including windsurfing, kitesurfing, diving and snorkeling. If you visit the Coral Coast in Spring, the coast is alive with colourful displays of wildflowers. If time allows, why not head to Karijini National Park, which is a day drive from Exmouth? Karijini is the jewel of the Pilbara with splendid waterfalls and emerald coloured rock pools. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your adventure with your Crikey Camper! Those are the top places that Red Dirt Rentals recommends not to miss during your trip along the coast of Western Australia, whether it is a small trip or whether is it part of a bigger adventures for our customers who will return their 4WD to Broome or Darwin!

Leg 1: Perth – Cervantes (247 kms) – 3 hours

On the way to Cervantes, stop at Yanchep National Park. This is a great place for the kids, offering a koala viewing area, caves and an aboriginal experience.
Cervantes is well-known for its Pinnacles Desert. You can learn all about those strange structures at the Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre.  Just a kilometre from the town centre lies Lake Thetis, where you can observe stromatolites, most commonly known as “living fossils”. Those have been dated to about 3370 years old! Further North of Cervantes, you will find Sandy Cape, a nice little spot where you swim and watch the sunset. If you have a 4WD vehicle, you can choose to stay at Sandy Cape.

Leg 2: Cervantes – Kalbarri (378 kms) – 4.5 hours

Kalbarri is a popular stop over for people on their way to Shark Bay or Monkey Mia. There are many natural attractions to visit such as Natures Window and the Z-Bend Lookout located in Kalbarri National Park. You can also go whale watching as the humpback whale migration happens between May and August. Stay at the Kalbarri caravan park.

Leg 3: Non travel day

Leg 4: Kalbarri – Monkey Mia (397 kms) – 5 hours

Monkey Mia is world-famous for its dolphins. A group of wild bottlenose dolphins come to the shore nearly everyday to be fed by humans.  South of Monkey Mia, you will find Denham and Francois Peron National Park.  This National Park offers diverse experiences, including four-wheel-driving. 50 minutes away from Monkey Mia, you will arrive at Shell Beach, where shells replace the beach sand and stretches over 100 kilometres! Stay at the RAC caravan park.

Leg 5: Non travel day

Leg 6: Monkey Mia- Coral Bay (580 kms) – 7 hours

In contrast to other locations, the coral reef starts right at the water’s edge. Coral Bay is a very popular holiday destination for Western Australians. It is recommended to book well in advance when traveling during school holidays. This place is a marine paradise where visitors have plenty of activities to choose from: snorkeling, fishing, swimming with whale sharks…You can even visit the reef shark nursery  between October and March, which is only a 20 minutes walk from Main Beach. Stay at the Coral Bay caravan park.

Leg 7: Coral Bay – Exmouth/ Cape Range (152 kms) – 2 hours

The Ningaloo reef is a long coral reef swarms with turtles, tropical fish, manta rays, humpback whales and even whale sharks. No wonder that Ningaloo Reef is listed as a World Heritage Place! Whether you like snorkeling, diving or swimming, you will not be disappointed! Cape Range National Park supports a range of unique wildlife habitats from existing ocean reef to ancient reef, rugged limestone, gorges and cave systems. Throughout the park, there are ample opportunities to view wildlife. You can camp within Cape Range National Park, or in one of the caravan parks in the area. Yardie Homestead Caravan Park also seems to offer good facilities.

Leg  8: Non travel day

Leg 9: Exmouth/ Cape Range – Karijini NP (674 kms) – 8.5 hours

One of the big attraction of Karijini National Park is its accessibility. Simply walk 50 metres and peer straight into a deep gorge to see waterfalls and rock pools below. There are many walk trails available to further explore the gorges. Karijini’s main highlights are Fortescue Falls, Circular Pool and Fern Pool. Stay at the Karijini Eco Retreat if you have a 4WD.

Leg 10: Non travel day

Leg 11: Non travel day

Leg 12: Karijini – Millstream Chichester National Park (207 kms) – 3.5 hours

Millstream compared to Karijini, is a more peaceful place. Nonetheless, it boasts tranquil gorges and hidden rock pools. The most popular site is Python Pool. It is one of the most important aboriginal sites in Australia! Stay at Mliyanha Campground.

Leg 13: Millstream Chichester – 80 Mile Beach (476 kms) – 6 hours

The place where majority of people stop at 80 Mile Beach to camp – it’s a beautiful beach that you can drive on (not past the high tide mark) and very popular for fishing.

Leg 14: 80 Mile Beach – Broome (376 kms) – 4.5 hours

Broome is a compact town to explore and attractions are all within 15 minutes drive.

Must see & do:

  • Camel ride on Cable Beach
  • Matso’s mango beer brewery
  • Fishing
  • Whale Watching
  • Pearl tour
  • Sunset

Total Kilometres:    3,487
Total Travel Hours:    44

Travel times are estimated based on an average speed of 80km p/h. While the maximum legal speed while towing is 100km p/h, the travel times indicated should allow for delays due to road works, traffic and fuel / food / bathroom stops. Travel times and distances are approximate and we recommend using as a guide only along with a published map book or GPS navigational system.

 

Images: Courtesy of Western Australia

Field of Light Exhibition at Uluru

Visit the Field of Light Exhibition at Uluru

The Field of Light exhibition is a beautiful art display made of more than 50,000 stems with light spheres spread covering more than 7 football fields at the Uluru site. When darkness comes, the site illuminates and display a field of ochre, violet, blue and gentle white and invites people to immerse themselves in this fantasy garden. The art exhibition has been extended until 30th December 2020. Tour bookings are strongly recommended due to the popularity of the exhibition.

There are a number of different tours such as self guided walks, a panoramic view of the Field of Light with canapes and drinks, a combination of a camel ride or helicopter ride and the panoramic view, a 3-course meal dinner or a self guided tour at sunrise.

The brochure and tour description can be found on the Ayers Rock Resort website.

Our Top 10 Travel Tips In The Kimberley Region

Preparation is the key for a successful trip

Windjana Gorge
Windjana Gorge on the Gibb River Road

The Kimberley Region is one of the last pristine regions in the world. Being pristine entails remoteness. While the region is lively during peak season, this does not mean that a trip should not be carefully planned with the right vehicle. Great organisation prior to departing will lead to a more enjoyable travel experience. This is our Top 10 Travel Tips In The Kimberley Region.

1. Campsites

There are campsites available nearby the most popular attractions in the Kimberley and along the Gibb River Road. During the Dry peak season, between May and October, it is highly recommended to book your site where it is possible to do so. If you have not booked your site, please note that sites are allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

2. Enough food, water and first aid kit

Traveling in a remote area bears its own risk. Make sure to travel with plenty of water, at least 10L per person and per day. Also make sure to pack enough food to last you for several days. All our vehicles are equipped with a first aid kit, in the event of an injury. The Red Dirt Team would also recommend to travel with insect repellents and to cover your arms and legs with loose clothing particularly at dawn or dusk to avoid mosquito and other insect bites.

3. Road Safety

Australia is a big continent and distances are often misjudged. Many towns, especially in the Northern part of Australia and the Red Centre are remote. It is highly recommended to travel with a road map and a GPS. When traveling on dirt road, it is recommended to drive no more than 60 km/h. Driver fatigue is responsible for many accidents, so make sure to take regular breaks. Enjoy the experience and don’t try to cover too much distance at a time.

4. A safe and reliable vehicle

Many places in the Northern Part of Australia such as the Kimberley Region require a 4WD to experience the best that those regions has to offer. Many natural attractions are only accessible via dirt roads. Motorhomes are not permitted on this type of road, due to the damage which may occur. Make sure to select the right vehicle for your trip!

5. Fuel

Keep in mind that roadhouses are not open 24 hours or 7 days a week in the Kimberley Region. Carrying enough fuel is highly recommended. The Derby Visitor Centre produces a guide detailing fuel stops if you would like more information before traveling on the Gibb River Road.

6. Road closures

During the Dry Season, sealed and unsealed roads can be open for travel one day and completely closed the next. The Travel Map from Main Roads in Western Australia is a great tool to keep an eye on the current road status. For the Northern Territory, you can visit the Road Report website.

7. Quarantine

To help keep Western Australia disease free, there are strict quarantine restrictions in place at the boarder.No fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, plants, flowers and honey are allowed to cross the Western Australian boarder. If you are in doubt, the best is to declare it. Heavy penalties apply to non declared items. Please visit www.agric.wa.gov.au for more details.

8. Road Trains

Road trains are trucks towing 2 to 3 trailers and they can be over 50 metres in length. Only overtake road trains when it is safe to do so. It can take up to 2.5 kilometres to overtake a roadtrain at 100 km/hr!

9. Bushfires

Bushfires can be frequent during the Dry Season and can be dangerous. Make sure to abide by any fire warnings. As the Northern Australia is quite a big region, it is possible that a bushfire can go unnoticed for several days.

10. Wildlife

Up in the North West, fences are practically non existent. Please do exercise extreme cautions on the road as cattle can be wandering on the road. Red Dirt Rentals recommends to drive during the day and to avoid driving at dawn, night and dusk in order to avoid a collision with a kangaroo or cattle. Up North, there are two species of crocodile found in the Kimberley being the saltwater crocodile and the freshwater crocodile. They can also be found in the Pilbara coast. Observe warning signs near swimming holes and rivers.

Source: Australia’s Northwest

Image courtesy: Western Australia

 

 

 

 

 

 

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