TRAVELLERS BULLETINS & UPDATE - TOURING AUSTRALIA
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AUSTRALIA ALL OVER
Want to Find a Camp In Australia?
Here' are a few of the new websites worth checking out when you are looking for a campsite. These include: www.findacamp.com.au (online directory) and www.freerangecamping.com.au (presently on online Directory). We still often use Wikicamps (which is an App): www.wikicamps.com.au - which we have found to be very good.
Caravan, Camping, 4WD and outdoors shows
For a full listing of all the Caravan & Camping Shows Australia wide, check out the information on the web site of 'caravancampingsales.com.au'. They have an extensive list showing caravan, camping, 4WD and outdoors shows in 2017:
Also check out the events information on the 4WDA web site:
Interesting Mapping Info on Oz
For those wanting to know about our long distance walking tracks, our major rivers' watersheds, the extent of our deserts and a whole lot more check, out this latest mapping site from the Federal Government: http://nationalmap.gov.au/.
Free Maps for Garmin brand GPS Devices
OpenStreetMap creates and provides free geographic data such as street maps to anyone who wants them. The project was started because most maps you think of as free actually have severe legal or technical restrictions on their use, holding back people from using them in creative, productive, or unexpected ways. One of such productive uses of OpenStreetMap data are free maps for Garmin GPS devices as is the case of this website.
OpenStreetMap data and the maps from this site are available for free. But OpenStreetMap totally relies on the input of it's users.
Sat Phone Sim Card Hire (Australia all over)
If you have an Iridium Satellite Handset without a connection, quite often it is more economical just to hire a SIM card and use your own phone. Short and Long term hire is available. Satellite phone models suitable for SIM hire are the Iridium 9500, 9505, 9505A, 9555 and 9575. For more go to: www.satellitehire.com.au/satellite-phone-sim-card
No Service ...No worries (Australia wide)
If you’re in an area without a mobile phone network, then Telstra's Wi-Fi Calling can make calls to landlines and mobiles over an available Wi-Fi network. How does this help you? Voice services can be connected over compatible smartphones where previously no service was possible and it’s simple to use. For more info, visit the Telstra Wi-Fi Callinpage for the list of compatible devices, set up instructions and full details.
Better Mobile Phone Coverage
Recently the Federal Government advised that it would team up with telcos and the states to improve mobile phone coverage for regional and remote areas of Australia. That's not only good news for the locals but also for travellers. By all accounts there will be 500 new or improved base stations established. For more details go to: www.communications.gov.au - Mobile Black Spot Programme.
Sat Phones & Triple Zero
From our friends at Westprint it seems that there are new government rules for satphone service providers to ensure that all satphones can access the emergency Triple Zero call service (see: https://www.acma.gov.au/new-rules-more-resilient-emergency-call-service). This is great news for remote area travellers where normal mobile phones often don't work and where satphones, in the past, couldn't or wouldn't access the emergency call service.
Track Classification Australia Wide
4WD Qld, the peak state body, has adopted the track classification scheme first adopted by FWDVictoria. This is also the standard and model that is recommended by Four Wheel Drive Australia. Other state 4WD associations are working with their local public land managers in rolling this standard out, nationwide. This is great news for the travelling public. For more details check out, http://www.4wdqld.com.au, and follow the link to Track Classification.
Outback Safety Card
Four Wheel Drive Australia, the peak body for four wheelers in this country has produced an Outback Safety Card for outback travellers. The info, while pretty basic, could save a life. It is available free from their website, www.anfwdc.asn.au, and go to ‘Tourist Info’.
Info Packed website - Outback Travel Australia
If you are looking for info on outback travel, suggested itineraries or any technical info on vehicles, suspensions, etc check out the Outback Travel Australia website: www.outbacktravelaustralia.com.au. It’s packed full of up-to-date info!
A handy new Travellers guide to Australian Interstate Quarantine is now available. The book details all Quarantine areas in Australia and you may be surprised at how much of the country is affected, and the restrictions on taking food in and out of both states and regions. For more details and a free copy visit: https://www.interstatequarantine.org.au/travellers/interstate-quarantine/
or freecall: 1800 084 881.
Garmin Maps of Oz
Garmin GPS users should check out the following website for downloadable maps for their GPS unit: http://shonkylogic.net/shonkymaps
The GPS Oz website also is a good source of tracks for Garmin GPS users that cover the remoter areas of Australia. Check out: www.gpsoz.com.au/tracks4australia
Going somewhere and neet a Permit?
On the National 4WD Council website at, https://4wda.com.au/permits/, you’ll find handy information on the permits you may require when travelling remote areas of Australia and how to apply for them. This includes permits for national parks, Aboriginal land and some of the tracks and remote regions of Australia that us four wheelers want to visit.
Transporting your vehicle by Train
It's becoming more common for busy, keen four wheelers to transport their vehicles to Alice Springs, Darwin, or other far-away places. The plan being they fly in, pick the vehicle up and can then spend more time in the part of the country they wish to explore. Trouble is the size of vehicles able to be transported by rail is very dependent on where they are going and how high they are - the height including roof racks! Across to WA from Adelaide the maximum height is 1.94 metres; from Sydney to Adelaide it is just 1.57m, while north to Darwin it is 2.0m.
Check out the following web sites for more information:
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