Bush, Coastal And Remote Country.
There are a few survival situations to look out and be prepared for when
traveling in the bush, along the beach or in remote country.
These could be anything from accidents, injuries, poison, simple
vehicle problems, major vehicle problems, heat stroke, etc.
The further away you are, the longer it will take to get, find or call for
All of these can be avoided quite easy but it always pays to be prepared if
something should happen to yourself or others traveling with you.
Know the local services available in case they are needed;
Take off road recovery services which are available in some areas. Having a
phone number handy for a professional to pull out your beloved 4x4 could save
heartache and money; also it will prevent survival situations from even happening.
Knowing all CB (UHF) radio channel general channels and the use of repeater stations is a must. (See Two Way Communication for more information.)
Some National Park list/advise of the Rangers CB (UHF) radio channel, this could save you if something were to happen e.g.; lost, injured or vehicle failure.
Prepare Before You Go.
Preparing the 4WD for remote travel and large trips
(4WD hardware / spare parts and tools):
Fixing problems before you embark will go a long way to lessen chances of
something breaking down.
hardware for detailed info.
If going touring or on a long trip it is wise to work out your fuel consumption and the cost for fuel for your trip.
See Fuel Consumption for more information.
Be prepared if you
should get lost or stuck in the bush or remote area:
Even in the modern world of today people still get lost in the bush quite
If your vehicle should happen to break down in the middle of nowhere (dense
bush land, remote area/outback), having a survival kit with you will increase
the chance of getting out alive.
For info on camping survival gear, tips, items & foods See Survival Gear List and Survival supplies.
Pets/dogs and bush/remote traveling
Pets are not allowed in some national parks and other
places, but most other areas they are allowed.
In these areas keep an eye out
for the "WARNING 1080 POISON RISK". 1080 poison is used widely though
out the country to keep rabbits and other vermin from growing in numbers, this
same poison/ bait can kill a dog if left untreated.
Keep a watchful eye on your dog/dogs, as they can be poisoned by dead animals
which have consumed the 1080 bait. I have heard this happen all too often.
The areas where 1080 poison is used, is well signed and hard to miss.
The 1080 Poison Sign.
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