Archive for November, 2010

10 things to consider when traveling in the Australian Outback

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Australian Outback Travel can be very rewarding, especially when you do your homework. below are 10 things to consider when planning an Outback Holiday:
1/ Be organized and do your homework. Know the areas you will be visiting so there are no nasty surprises;
2/ Be prepared for the unexpected, understand road conditions and road closures, contact the local road transport authorities to check if there have been any problems with roads before going there. It will save a lot of time and unnecessary effort. NB. being caught on a closed road is a fine of $1500.00 AUD per wheel on the ground i.e. $6000.00 per car Ouch!!!;
3/ Carry at least 10 litres of drinking water per person in case of emergency or breakdown. Drink lots of water and keep your body hydrated. By the time you realize you are thirsty, you are already on the way to being dehydrated;
4/ if you plan on doing a bit of bush walking, choose comfortable, light, enclosed shoes to protect your feet. If you can afford it, waterproof shoes are a definite advantage in wetter climates;
5/ When traveling in small groups using only 1 vehicle, prepare your vehicle for breakdowns. Carry spare fan belts and radiator hoses and at least 2 spare wheels if traveling in remote or isolated regions;
6/ Avoid where possible, dawn, dusk and night time travel, there are more than a few good reasons and playing it safe might just be good insurance for a fun and memorable trip. no-one likes pulling roadkill out from under their vehicles;
7/ Wear a broad brimmed hat. You perspire a large percentage of your body fluids from your head. covering it helps to keep you from dehydrating, and also stops you getting sunburned ears and neck;
8/ If traveling in remote areas, call ahead and let people at your next accommodation spot that you are coming. Tell them when you plan to arrive and which route you will be taking. Make sure to check in with them when you arrive so they don’t send out a search party. Stick to your route. if it changes, let the accommodation place know;
9/ If possible, carry extra fuel with you. if your fuel tank is breached by a rock, plug it with something, (in an emergency i have heard that soap will do) and then you can top up with your fuel reserve;
10/ Go to a cheap shop and buy a couple of tarps. They won’t cost you too much and you can use them for a stack of things including temporary shade in case you break down in the middle of treeless country. they can also prove a great windbreak if you need it.

Bookabee Tours Australia - Kangaroos drinking water on the road

Bookabee Tours Australia - Kangaroos drinking water on the road

Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby Mum & Joey

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

I was traveling through the Flinders Ranges in South Australia, when I came across the beautiful sight. Perched on a rock near the edge of the road was a female Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby and in her pouch was a small Joey. My tour Guests were ecstatic. What a life… come see for yourself. Join Bookabee Tours Australia when you next come to visit outback Australia. :-)

Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby

Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby

Bookabee Tours takes in the Flinders Ranges

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

One of the memorable experiences of traveling on a Bookabee tour is the ability to stop and take a break when you need to (something you can’t do on a tour bus crammed with 28 other eager passengers). On the weekend we had just that experience. whilst traveling to a bush walking spot to do a bush-walk up to a lookout that features spectacular views of Wilpena Pound, we came across a Emu and his 8 week old emu chicks. we stopped the 4WD and everyone jumped out and enjoyed a few moments of joy as we photographed and videoed nature at its best. Further, whilst we were there it gave me the perfect opportunity to share the Adnyamathanha creation story of the Emu and the Bush Turkey. this story tells why the Emu can’t fly and why the Bush Turkey only has 1 or 2 chicks. what a joy.

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Bookabee Tours Australia - Emu Family

Bookabee Tours Australia - Emu Family