travelling long distances which is common in Australia (given the size and
isolation of the country) sometimes it’s best just to pull over and have a rest
or in some cases an overnight sleep. It's better to sleep over night than drift
away while driving causing possible injury or death to yourself, your family
and others that might be sharing the road.
Area & Road side camping.
some of the bigger rest stops in Australia along the highways it's legal to
camp over night (no fires are to be lit), it's legal to stay for 24 hours.
All other places you are allowed to stay overnight as long as you're not
setting up a camp.
Very few rest stops provide toilets and none provide running water, and the
ones that do provide toilets are more than likely illegal to camp at.
sure to lock your valuables in the vehicle as any passer-by could help them
while you sleep.
There is nothing exciting about road side rest areas and there is more than
often nothing to do there.
A rest stop
is purely just for pulling over and stretching the legs or staying overnight to
avoid driver’s fatigue.
If staying overnight leave room for others that may be staying overnight or
simply pulling in for a rest.
For a detailed list by "Mainroads W.A." of rest stop locations and
information in WA see Mainroads W.A.
Remote Country Road Side Stop.
you stop is simply where you think is best, usually a clearing alongside the
road. Just be sure to be well away from the road (I would recommend a minimum
15m away from the road) as other travellers could be passing through, even in
the middle of nowhere.
If a fire ban is in place or fires are not permitted at the location gas
cookers will have to do. If fires are allowed be sure to use a fire container
or the fire pit that is provided.
Ideal fire containers can be a 44 gallon drum cut in half or even better an old
washing machine or dryer barrel.
Washing machine or dryer barrels are great as they have tiny holes letting just
enough oxygen in and on windy days even strong winds don't really affect the
fire in a dangerous way. Most of these barrels will fit a Weber grill on top
which makes a great cooking area.
Remember to never leave a fire burning of smoldering. Be sure to use water to
extinguish, even if it looks to be out.
types of camping methods:
the best as most rest stops are hard ground)
with a good mattress)
Roof top camper (good
4x4 camper trailer (would
take up too much space on the smaller rest areas)
and safest option)