preparation, some means
of communication that work, and knowledge of how to fix
on your vehicle, you should not.
get stuck in a place too far in the bush to walk out with
no-one around for ages.
a big difference if someone is around if you get
stuck when remote.
But there are a few
* Drive carefully to make sure the reason you got stuck is not that you
crashed your vehicle (not joking!).
* Have basic
knowledge about how to fix your vehicle - how to swap a tyre at
the very least.
* Carry the gear you need to get
yourself out of bog holes.
some means of
communication that work
areas so you can ring for help if needed.
carry enough food and a
drinking water because you will have to wait
you rang for help.
Mobile Phones and Internet
Telstra Next G
has the best coverage (Vodafone and Optusnet are not to rely on at
all), but even
Telstra only works in the handful of townships on the Peninsula, so as
remote area emergency help your mobile phone is useless.
A UHF Radio is a very
good thing to have on your
Cape York trip regardless the issue of remoteness.
It is cheap to buy and
free to use, and it is super handy if you are travelling
group of vehicles. As an emergency help it may be
useless because it only pics up the signal from so far (the
bigger your antenna the better), but with a
good luck you may be
able to use it in emergency.
Satellite phones work well,
but they are not
to buy or use. If you can afford it, get it,
but there are cheaper options.
EPIRB is an
emergency beacon that sends a
message to 000, which means
there will be a rescue team coming and looking for you. You are only allowed to use it if
Such rescue operations can involve helicopters and be very costly - you
can end up with a huge fine if you use it in a wrong situation.
Personally I carry the SPOT- a kind of EPIRB that works in three ways: * you can
send an OK message to your friends - the satellites pick up your exact
location and your friends can see it on a map.
* You can
send an "I am in trouble" message to your friends or family - this is handy if you are
stuck but not in an immediate life threat.
This type of message needs to be pre-installed and pre-arranged with
your friends before you leave - once you are stuck you can only press
the button, not type.You can for example
your friends that they ring RACQ for you, or that they
come and find you. Again they can see your exact location on a map, and
* you can
use it as an EPIRB and send the 000 emergency message - if your life is
threatened, and the emergency people get
position and will come looking for you.
am really happy with my Spot,
its price, its looks and what it does, and I
this is all I need to carry to feel safe everywhere in remoteness.
In March 2015, the body of the Melbourne man Dane Kowalski was found in
the South Australian outback, having
died from a snake bite.
That's the obvious
difference the remoteness does compared to being a driving
distance to a hospital, plus no communication means.
A tragical story that could have been avoided would he have had some of
the communication means to ring
000 in with helicopters.
If he wasn't bogged he could probably have made it to Coober Pedy to ring RFDS, but
bogged with no communication and
snake bite is obviously a rare but still possible and very dangerous
combination very much worth bearing in mind when going
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