Preparing to go bush
Caravanning and camping are exciting ways to experience our great state and, like with any trip, there are a couple of important things to keep in mind before setting out for the first time.
Laverton-based Golden Outback Board Member and Chair of The Outback Way Patrick Hill said it was important to ensure others knew your plans.
“I think the biggest mistake a lot of first-time campers make is they don’t let people know where they are going or what they are doing,” he said.
“Communication is the biggest thing.”
Mr Hill said it was important to bring enough supplies and prepare for various scenarios.
“Water is the biggest requirement out in the bush,” he said.
“Having backup supplies like spare tyres is also important in isolated areas. Being able to do some minor repairs yourself and knowing a bit about your vehicle is good.
“Where possible, carry a sat phone. Even if you don’t break down yourself, you might see someone broken down on the side of the road and be able to call for help.”
Mr Hill suggested taking a guide or someone familiar with camping on your first trip.
“A lot of people find it really hard to deal with the bush,” he said.
“If you haven’t been in the bush before it would be best to go with a guide so you have some idea of what to do.
“Follow them and talk to them about what you need so you know what is required and what you are up against.”
You should also try to protect your vehicle from the rigours of the bush, Mr Hill said.
If you haven’t been in the bush before it would be best to go with a guide so you have some sort of idea of what to do.
“You need to take shade cloth and put it over your front grill, this will help keep the bugs out of your radiator,” he said.
In addition, Mr Hill recommended staying vigilant and aware of the wildlife and weather in any given area.
“Keep an eye on camels, wild dogs and other forms of wildlife,” he said.
“Something I wish someone told me before my first time was to be prepared for mosquitoes.”