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    Participants will need to carry and prepare their own food for the length of the trip including a few days of emergency rations. Beadell Tours always keep a fire at each camp for both cooking and warmth. The other cooking alternative is to have your own small fire or gas stove. It's up to you which you choose to use. For tips on what to consider when preparing your touring shopping list click here - Food - Self-Catering - easy tips.

    Vehicles need to be in a well maintained condition and capable of handling your intended route. Certain quantities of fuel, water and spares must be carried to safely complete a western desert trip. Please check out Mick's spare parts list, even if you have your own kit, it will be sent out to every participant.

    Plan to travel light and make sure your camp setup is as uncomplicated as possible. Test it out before you leave; after a few days in the bush you will be glad that you left that unnecessary gear behind.

Cooking on campfire


    Majority of camping will be bush camps;


    Age is no barrier, but everyone will need to be able to walk at least one kilometre every couple of days. Many sites and features require a bit of "shanks pony" to get the best out of them. If you have any issues please let us know prior to the trip.


    These are just a few things that we do, and feel that all travellers should be aware of when getting around in our desert country.

Detouring around a stick


    First aid kit will be available. Please put together your own though. Any prescription drug, make sure you have enough to last the trip, and enough to get back home. Bring your prescription with you in case of emergencies. Please include sunscreen and insect repellent in your own kit. On your order form please let us know of any conditions that you may have that could potentially impact on the trip, just so that we are aware and can discuss it with you if necessary (if your doctor is happy for you to participate then we have no problem having you on the trip). We would rather know beforehand than find out half-way through.


    Emergency communication via modern HF Radio, including the Royal Flying Doctor Service or telephone links to any service. A late model PLB (Epirb) with GPS capability is also carried with participant details lodged with the Search & Rescue Authority in Canberra.


    Sensible strong clothes and covered boots are best. Remember the sun can be tough. Include a wide brimmed hat and sunscreen. (Earthy colours are best for clothes, you can get more than one day's wear out of them.......).


    Diesel & Unleaded vehicles are welcome. The new OPAL Unleaded substitute is now available in the western deserts. Some trips require a minimum amount to be carried.

4WD ABILITY  (Please click here for more information on road conditions -   Road Conditions in the Western Deserts).


    In moderation only & remember NO ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION is permitted in Aboriginal Lands. Many of our trips are virtually alcohol free because of this.


    Take as many photos as you can to remember the trip. The memory can fade but photos do not. BUT please do not take any photos within Aboriginal Communities without permission from the residents. This is very important!


    We will use the time zone we are travelling in, S.A., N.T. or W.A. Quite a number of the WA communities use Central Time so sometimes we stay on Central Time even when in WA.


    Beadell Tours recommends the highest level of vehicle cover from RAA, NRMA, RACV or your State's similar body. Please ask the organisation about help while in the outback, some policies do not cover problems in real remote off-road country. Towing & Tilt Tray recovery is exceptionally expensive, make sure your cover has considered this problem.


    Insurance for your holiday is a good idea. This sort of cover can help with damage, theft of gear etc. Ask your general insurer about it.


    $400 Deposit - full Tour/Expedition information sent after deposit
    Balance to be paid 30 Days prior to departure


More information will be sent out to all participants on booking or if you wish, just give us a call.







Travel Information - general guide to touring with us
Vehicle Preparation - important basics
Road Conditions - what to expect
Tyre Information - detailed help regarding tyres, tubes and repairs
Vehicle, Koni & Communications - choices and help with common problems
Interest Pages - includes Len, Anne, Desert Articles & Updates plus Handy Links



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