Planning and Packing
10 MISTAKES YOU SHOULDN'T MAKE - May 2014
Learn from the mistakes of others.
The OTA Team has been travelling Outback for many years, in different vehicles and with varying camping arrangements. Here is a list of common mistakes novice 4WDers make.
20 OUTBACK TRIP ESSENTIALS
We don't go anywhere without this stuff.
The OTA gang lists 20 of the essential items they wouldn’t leave home without.
Here's a guide to things every bush traveller needs to know.
We all learn as we go along, but there are some absolute basics you need to know before you venture out of your driveway.
COMMUNICATIONS OPTIONS IN THE OUTBACK
Staying in touch has never been easier
It’s much more relaxing in the Outback when you know that reliable contact with the outside world is only a button-push away.
PLANNING 'THE BIG TRIP'
Research, research, research!
‘Do your homework, or you’re not going out’. That’s what your mum used to say and she was right.
HEMA EXPLORER APP
Mapping just got a whole lot better, but there's a catch
Hema's Explorer app combines Hema maps with 40,000 interactive points of interest (POI).
HEMA APP FOR IPAD AND IPHONE
Hema Maps app makes bush navigation a breeze
Hema has long been the leader in mapping Australia for bush travellers and the company’s App for iPad and iPhone puts detailed outback map data in your lap or pocket.
PACKING FOR CAMPING
Don't Take Too Much Stuff!
Most first-timers take too much ‘stuff’ away with them, so every campsite is a potential drama scene, where piles of gear are unloaded and then have to be forced back in again.
NAVIGATION MADE EASY
Navigation basics are easy to understand - April 2015
Knowing where you are at any time is vital for safe bush travel and today it’s easier than ever before to pinpoint your position with great accuracy.
PRE-TRIP VEHICLE CHECKS
Many bush breakdowns are easily prevented.
Pre-trip checking could have prevented many breakdowns we’ve seen.
Sat phones aren't cheap, but you can hire - May 2016
We bought our satellite telephone years ago and wouldn't leave home without it; a couple of vehicle breakdowns and medical emergencies during our travels in Australia's Outback and the satellite telephone has more than paid for itself.
UNDERSTANDING TOPOGRAPHIC MAPPING
The mysteries of topographic maps explained
If you intend to stray from the thick lines that connect major points of civilisation on road maps onto the thin or even the dotted ones, you need to understand the basics of topographic map reading – whether your ‘topos’ are on paper or on a GPS screen.
Being able to knot a length of rope can save a life
We always carry some rope with us and it's handy to know a few knots, so you can use the rope to maximum effect.
VKS 737 HF RADIO NETWORK
HF might seem 'old technology' but it works very well
Outback Travel Australia relies on the VKS737 network on all bush trips.