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Brisbane to Port Hedland

by lauren

Mount Isa

Mount Isa

Planning on driving my Holden Rodeo 2wd ute from Brisbane to Port Hedland.

I'm travelling alone, I'm a 24yo female. I am extremely excited about this trip.
A friend said that you are able to "check in" to police stations as you go so the next police station knows you will be arriving in that town at a certain time. Just wondering if you have any information about this.

Also wondering about petrol stations and and my personal safety (maybe watching wolf creek too much!) along the way, basically going, Brisbane, Mt Isa, Katherine, Kununurra way.

Rita's Reply

Hi Lauren,

Now I know why I have never watched Wolf Creek:). Seriously, that is an exciting trip you plan. Unless you are doing very stupid things, there's no need to worry about your safety. Just follow your gut feelings and common sense.

As for checking with the police... I know this was recommended, but I am not sure if it is still valid. With the growing tourism in the remote areas of Australia it certainly has become overwhelming to care for all travellers. People often didn't check back with the police when they arrived safe and sound at their destination. As you can imagine, this caused quite some problems and unnecessary work for the authorities.

I would recommend to build your own "safety net". Take a sat phone, or a UHF radio with you. Give your itinerary to family or friends, and tell them when you are going to ring them. If they don't hear from you, they can ring the alarm bells.

It is wise to have someone "watch" your route, but it is your responsibility to keep to the arrangements you made, police, or someone at home.

It is a good idea to take good maps with you. The
Australia Road Atlas for example gives so much useful information: 24 hour petrol, camping and rest areas, and points of interest.

Have a great trip.


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Jun 22, 2011
WOW! I'm impressed
by: Allie

Hi lauren, Good luck on your journey! I'm 28, female, possibly planning on doing the same thing but not yet sure just deciding to leave Brisbane or not, If I go, it will be the end of August 2011. Good luck again and stay safe! :0)

Jun 09, 2011
by: Anonymous

Peter that is a lovely thing to do but im leaving Brisbane on the 23rd of June. If i didnt have to get over there asap i would of taken you up on the offer. Thanks

Jun 09, 2011
Outback Travel - Bne to Darwin
by: Peter

Hi Lauren
My wife and I are travelling Bne to Darwin/Kununurra/Bungle Bungles etc starting early July going via Mt Isa, Mataranka etc with camper/trailer. Happy to hook up with you if need be. We are in our early sixties and family people. If you wish, come back and we can organise a safe way to contact & meet up etc before July.

Must warn you though, not fast drivers!


Jun 08, 2011
by: Lauren

Thanks for your very helpful info Rita. My dad thinks its best if he travels with me and flys back. So now i am less worried about everything!
Thank you once again!

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