Brisbane to Port Hedland
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.
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.