Gold Prospecting & Fossicking in WA To prospect you require a Miner’s Right. This authorises prospecting on unoccupied crown land and other areas, subject to conditions. For information contact Dept of Mines, Industry Regulation & Safety (08) 9222 3333 or visit www.dmp.wa.gov.au Important Contacts Automobile Association of Aust: Tel 13 11 11 National Emergency Breakdown service Emergency (Police/Ambulance/Fire): Tel 000 Royal Flying Doctor Service: Tel 1800 625 800 (emergencies only) National Parks Passes Day Pass - Daily entry into one or more parks. Available from rangers. Fees: $15/car (up to 12 legally seated people), $8/motorcycle. Holiday Park Pass - Entitles you to multiple visits to many parks for any four-week period. Fees: $60/vehicle (up to 12 people) Annual All Parks Pass - Entitles you to visit any park in WA for 12 months. Fees: $120/vehicle (up to 12 people) Further information: Dept of Parks and Wildlife (08) 9219 9000 or visit www.dpaw.wa.gov.au 2020 Public Holiday Dates New Year’s Day 1 January Australia Day 27 January Labour Day 2 March Good Friday 10 April Easter Monday 13 April Anzac Day 27 April Western Australia Day 1 June Queen’s Birthday 28 September Christmas Day 25 December Boxing Day 26 December 2020 WA School Holidays 19 Dec 2019 - 2 Feb 2020 10 Apr - 27 Apr 2020 & 3 Jul - 19 Jul 2020 25 Sep - 11 Oct 2020 & 17 Dec 2020 - 1 Feb 2021 Please note: Drive times mentioned in this guide are suggestions only and are based on travelling at 100kmph in 110kmph designated speed zones, but please ensure you drive to your capabilities and according to road, surface and weather conditions at the time. The information contained in this holiday planner has been provided as a guide only. Although every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information, Australia’s Golden Outback does not take responsibility if any information is incorrect or has changed since the publication. Australia’s Golden Outback does not endorse or provide warranty, either express or implied, as to the conduct or practice of the advertisers. Main Roads: Tel 13 81 38 www.mainroads.wa.gov.au
The Golden Outback is renowned for its amazing night skies and many towns across the region are mitigating their light emissions to ensure night skies remain dark for visitors to enjoy stargazing experiences at dedicated observation sites.
Driving & Other Tips Self driving through Australia’s Golden Outback may take you into some remote areas where forward planning is extremely important to ensure your experience is safe, enjoyable and memorable. The following is a list of safety tips to assist you: • Always tell someone where you are going, your return dates and your itinerary. • Make sure your vehicle is in top mechanical condition. • Check road conditions before departure. Rain can make some tracks and roads impassable. When travelling on unsealed roads, exercise extra caution and ‘read’ the road well ahead of the vehicle. • Carry extra food, water, fuel and vehicle spares if you are travelling on remote tracks. • In event of a breakdown in a remote location, remain with your vehicle. • Take care at all railway crossings not all crossings have flashing lights. • Large slow-moving agricultural machinery may be encountered on highways and local roads, so take care when overtaking. • Dust can obscure vision when travelling or passing on dirt roads. • Beware of wandering livestock and wildlife, especially at dusk and dawn. • Be prepared! Pack a first-aid kit. • Slow down on corrugated dirt roads. Drive at a speed suited to the prevailing conditions. • In remote locations, Visitor Centres, petrol stations and food outlets are open limited hours. Please ring Visitor Centres in advance for further information. • Plan to travel for no longer than 8 - 10hrs a day. Take a break every 2 hours. • Please dispose of your rubbish properly. • When visiting national parks and nature reserves don’t disturb any animals, plants, Aboriginal relics or landscape features. • Road trains are common and often have up to four trailers travelling max. 100kph. Always leave approximately 200m between vehicles in a convoy. Only overtake if the road is clear and visible for a long distance ahead. Mobile phone coverage in remote parts is indicated by these icons. Please be aware, Telstra Bigpond 3G is the main service provider in the very remote locations, other providers have limited coverage.
Electric Car charge point available, fees may apply.
Fuel and Food Food and fuel are generally available every 100 - 300km. It is recommended that you plan ahead, some service stations have restricted opening hours and limited bank/credit facilities. LPG Autogas is not available in all regional areas. Contact visitor centres for fuel availability. In some remote locations fuel is Opal Fuel, which runs in normal engines but is designed to stop Permits are essential for travel on Aboriginal Lands. The Outback Way, between Laverton and Uluru, is patrolled and fines will be issued if visitors have not obtained a permit. Permits are also required to traverse sections of the Canning Stock Route, Gunbarrel Hwy and Anne Beadell Hwy. Permit application forms in WA are available from the Dept of Planning, Land and Heritage www.dplh.wa.gov.au. If applying online, approval is almost immediate but other methods may take longer. If travelling through adjoining lands in other States or Territories, you need to obtain relevant permits from those organisations. Traditional owners can refuse entry permit. When travelling through Aboriginal Lands, drivers are prohibited to divert off the main road, alcohol not allowed to be carried through Aboriginal communities. Travelling with Pets Dogs and cats cannot be taken into any WA national parks. WA Quarantine & Inspection Service WA is free of many pests, weeds and diseases. Protect flora and livestock industries by not bringing fresh fruit, vegetables, plants, flowers, seeds, nuts, honey, used fruit and produce containers, soil, hay and livestock into the state. Checkpoints operate at Border Village for westbound vehicles and Ceduna for eastbound. Contact WA Quarantine and Inspection Service (08) 9334 1800 or www.agric.wa.gov.au substance abuse. Aboriginal Lands
Both free and payable Wi-Fi may be available. Wi-Fi, computer and internet access is usually located at Community Resource Centres which are open during weekdays during office hours only.
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