Aussie 4wd Trips, Treks, Tracks and Tours
Australia's 4wd community has a wealth of trips, treks, tracks and
to it. These range in difficulty from softroader type vehicles with
high range only to those requiring serious low range 4wd drive.
Every state has a wide range of 4wd destinations and to list them all
would be an almost impossible task.
Conditions do change our there, and can change very quickly, so please make sure that you have the
most up to date information before embarking on your trip.
When planning your trip it is important to remember that Australia is a
very big place and some of the tracks lead through remote country.
Please make sure that both you and your vehicle are well prepared for
whatever journey you are planning. The more remote your trip
the more preparation you will need.
There are a few golden rules of travelling in Australia's remote
outback and desert regions and your should observe them, to not do so
would simply mean that you are placing the lives of you and your
passengers at risk. Ideally never go alone, two or more vehicles is
Always let someone know where you are going and your estimated time of
arrival and, on arrival, let whomever you advised before departing that
you have arrived.
Never venture into remote regions without adequate communications
eqipment and, in this respect, you have few choices. A UHF radio is
fine for communicating amongst your convoy or group but it is not a
device that can be relied on in an emergency. The absolute maximum
effective range of these radios is going to be around 50 km but seldom will you achieve this, if ever.
For longer range communications you have two choices - a Satellite
Phone and, or, an HF Radio. HF radios are tending to be used these days
only by enthusiasts as they can ve cumbersome to use compared to a
A Sat Phone is probably the most popular choice amongst remote
travellers these days, they are easy to use, similar to a mobile phone,
and have a wide coverage area, they do not, contary to popular belief
have 100% coverage 100% of the time. The two main satphone network
providers are Iridium and Inmarsat.
Regardless of where you are located, if you are interested in
purchasing a satelite phone talk to Rob Martin at Clientsat in Perth,
he has supplied the Australian 4x4 Tag Along Tours Iridium sat phone
and gives service second to none. He deals in all the different
networks and phones and will advise you as to what is best for
Sat phones can be rented for the period of your trip from multiple
suppliers or they can be readily purchased at reasonable prices.
HF Radios are used by some in remote regions and even many of
the police vehicles in these areas are equipped with them. They do not
rely on being in sight of a satelitte as sat phones do as their signal
bounces off the ironisphere which is about 10,000 feet high during the
day and around 5,000 at night.
They are a simplex system which means that you push the button to talk
and let the button go to listen,unlike a mobile or sat phone where you
can talk and listen at the same time, this makes them a bit more
unweildy to operate, although fairly reliable if you know what you are
A sat phone or HF radio on its own is probably not enough in a real
emergency and you should probably consider carrying a Personal Locator
Beacon, also know as PLBs's, these are like EPIRB's (Emergency Position
Indicating Radio Beacon) which are ideally suited to marine use, and
they send out a signal with your position and
person identifier for a period of 24 hours.
The PLB signal is picked up by AMSA (Australian Maritime Safety
Authority) in Canberra who will co-ordinate your rescue with the search
and rescue authority in whichever state or territory you are in. AMSA
are without doubt one of the worlds, if not the worlds, top search and
PLB's are available now days for less than $300, they have no
maintenace or upkeep cocts and last for between 5 and 7 years. At
Australian 4x4 Tag Along Tours we use the GME brand which lasts for
seven years. GME are an Australian company and build an excellent