An update about our newsletter, new website, and summer travel tips for safe outback travel.
In this week’s outback travel news update:
00:27 – Weekly news video format change
01:01 – New website coming mid-November
00:39 – Incorporating stories into your sales material
01:25 – Is it safe to travel the outback during summer?
02:33 – 5 Essential tips safe summer travel in the outback
Weekly News Format:
It’s been a little while since out last newsletter, and we’ve decided to change the format from a newsletter to a short 2-5 minute video news update. Our hope is to bring a little bit of the outback to you each week, so we’ll be filming from a different location every time.
Our other aim is to offer you the freshest, up-to-date outback news and travel advice, as well as to share special offers and discounts on tours and accommodation.
Well… if you’re reading this blog post, you’re already on the website 🙂
Feel free to have a look around, and please keep in mind that we’re working on the site at the moment, so there are a lot of broken links and formatting issues that we still need to fix. It’s a BIG job. There’s over 140 pages on the old site that we’ve moved across and need to refresh.
We’re planning to launch the site mid-November and we’ll update you when it’s ready to go.
Outback in the Summertime?
The answer is YES, you can visit the outback in the summertime – however, you need to be mindful of the intense heat and of the wet season in the tropical North (the Top End).
What this means is that most unsealed (gravel, dirt) roads and 4WD tracks like those in Litchfield and Gregory National Parks will be closed. When there’s lots of rain, even the highways and sealed roads in the Top End can be closed as well.
In the drier regions of the outback, like Central Australia and outback South Australia, heavy rain doesn’t fall as often – but when it does ALL unsealed roads and tracks quickly become impassible. Most of the main highways and sealed roads remain open.
The good news is that in the drier desert regions of the outback, everything dries up pretty quickly.
5 Tips For Safe Summer Travel in the Outback:
- Make sure you tell someone where you’re going and when you intend to return so they can raise the alarm if you don’t arrive on time
- If you’re doing any walking, take a minimum of 2 litres per hour you plan on walking for; when driving, make sure you carry 20 litres per day with you in your vehicle
- Try to do all of your walking/outside activities in the morning (or evening) when it’s cooler
- Always carry some form of communications with you: mobile phone on the highways, satellite phone or Personal Locator Beacon when in remote areas
- If you break down DO NOT leave your vehicle. It’s far easier for search and rescue aircraft to locate a vehicle than a human from the air
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