Whenever you head out self-driving through the Wheatbelt of WA, it is important to ensure that you are heading out well prepared. Depending on where you plan to go, it is important to remember that some area’s are remote and have limited amenities, services and mobile coverage. Planning your travels and being aware of distances between towns and services will assist in you having a memorable experience (for all the right reasons!).
The following is a list of travel tips you may find helpful:
- Always tell someone where you are going, when you plan to return and your scheduled itinerary.
- Make sure your vehicle is in top mechanical condition.
- Make sure you are aware of the mobile coverage available in the areas you are travelling to.
- Check road conditions before departure. Rain can make some tracks and roads impassable. When travelling on unsealed roads, exercise caution and ‘read’ the road well ahead of the vehicle.
- Carry extra food, water, fuel and vehicle spares if you are travelling on remote tracks.
- In event of a breakdown in a remote location, remain with your vehicle.
- Make sure you are carrying a supply of drinking water.
- Roads and tracks on private property should not be used without the landholder’s permission. Leave gates as you found them.
- Take care at all railway crossings. Train movements can be irregular and not all crossings have flashing lights.
- Large slow-moving agricultural machinery may be encountered on main roads and local roads, so take care when overtaking.
- Dust can obscure vision when travelling or passing on dirt roads.
- Beware of wandering livestock and wildlife, especially at dusk and dawn when visibility may be poor and they become more active.
- Be prepared! Pack a first-aid kit. Slow down on corrugated dirt roads and always drive at a speed suited to the prevailing conditions.
Food and fuel
Food and fuels are generally available every 100-300kms. It is recommended that you plan ahead, LPG Autogas is not available in all regional areas or in all regional towns. Contact local Visitor Centres for fuel availability before travelling.
Road Trains and Long Vehicles
Road trains and long vehicles are common along many regional Western Australian roads and in particular agricultural areas. Road trains can have up to four trailers and on the open road can travel at speeds up to 100kph.
Travelling with Pets
Some caravan parks do not accept pets. Ensure you contact caravan parks in advance to identify those that are pet friendly. Dogs and cats cannot be taken into any WA national parks.
Please be advised that baiting programs using 1080 are carried out across pastoral leases and Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) reserves to control wild dogs, foxes, feral cats, feral pigs and rabbits. Exercise caution when visiting these areas. Domestic pets should be kept close and under control at all times. Owners may consider the use of muzzles for their domestic pets.
Wildlife and the Environment
When bush walking or visiting Nature Reserves do not disturb wildlife, remove plants, rocks or aboriginal artefacts. In warmer months watch out and stay clear of snakes. Always have a well-equipped First Aid Kit nearby in case of emergencies.