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Bookabee Tours Australia shares the good times in the Flinders Ranges

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

One of the great things about traveling through the outback at the moment is the impact that almost 2 years of generous rainfall has had on the region. As I travel through the Flinders on my Chauffeured outback tours, I can identify easily how the region is recovering from the extended drought that has occurred over the past decade and a half.

The first notable impact is the bush (which has generally a brownish hue) is now proudly portraying a greenish tinge. The abundance of water has resulted in streams and creeks that have flowed (some are still flowing) longer and with more vigor. Waterholes have breathed a breath of new life into the scorched dry landscapes. They provide wonderful opportunities to take a break and enjoy the moment with families and the wildlife alike.

Bookabee Tours Australia - Reflections of sunset in the Flinders Ranges

Bookabee Tours Australia - Reflections of sunset in the Flinders Ranges

Bush flowers and plant have blossomed including some which have not been evident for many years. The wildlife seems to have breathed a sigh of relief and emu and kangaroo alike are enjoying the rewards of a lush breeding season. As i travel across the land it just appears to have a healthier look about it.

Come see for yourself join me on my next Bookabee tour – www.bookabee.com.au/aboriginal-tours/

Bookabee Tours Australia - creek crossing in the Northern Flinders Ranges

Bookabee Tours Australia - creek crossing in the Northern Flinders Ranges

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

Bookabee wins Eco-Tourism Australia’s – 2010 National Indigenous Award

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Bookabee Tours Australia attended the 2010 Global Eco Asia Pacific Tourism Conference held in Noosa Queensland from October 25 – 28. Cultural Director – Haydyn Bromley presented a Keynote Address to the Conference titled Experience is Everything – Creating Memorable Aboriginal Experiences. Drawing on the knowledge gained from being one of Australia’s most awarded Aboriginal owned and operated Commercial Tour Companies, the presentation touched on the growth of, challenges for and rewards gained during the Bookabee’s first 6 years of operation.

Bookabee wins Eco-Tourism Australia National Indigenous Award

Bookabee wins Eco-Tourism Australia National Indigenous Award