One reason travellers choose to visit the Barcaldine Regional is to enjoy the charm and friendliness of our small towns. While we have all the facilities and services you need, in some towns availability may be limited. We have put together these travel tips to help you enjoy your visit to our region.
PLAN AND CHECK: Forward planning is essential. Travel and road conditions can vary, depending on the weather. Never assume - always check before commencing your journey.
FOOD AND FUEL: Some of our service stations have restricted opening hours, so plan ahead and stock up on food and fuel. It's also important to note that LPG is not available in all regional areas. It is advisable to contact the Visitor Information Centres or Barcaldine Regional Council when planning your journey to ensure you know that location and availability of food and fuel supplies. We recommend that you fill up the tank at every opportunity.
BANKING: All our towns have bank facilities, but EFTPOS or credit facilities may not be available in all local businesses.
ANIMALS: Many of our roads have stock or wild animals near the road. Dawn and dusk are the times when animals are most prevalent, so try not to travel at these times. Please slow down - they have a habit of behaving unpredictably and crossing in front of you.
HEAVY VEHICLES: When meeting large vehicles on narrow roads, slow right down and move off to the left. In wet conditions the edges tend to be soft and/or slippery, so when pulling off to the left you should always keep your right wheels on the bitumen and keep moving slowly to avoid getting bogged.
ROAD TRAINS: To overtake road trains you should be able to see at least 1 kilometre of clear road ahead. Be prepared for them to move a little from side to side as you overtake. If a road train is approaching to overtake you, move over as far as possible to the left and stop if necessary to allow it to overtake.
STATION PROPERTIES: Many roads cross station properties - please remember that this is someone's home and should be treated as such. Leave gates in the same way that you find them - if the gate is closed when you get there, close it again after you drive through or, if the gate is open when you arrive, leave it open. As you travel through private properties, please respect the privacy of the property owners - don't litter or leave the designated road area.
RUBBISH: Littering in the outback is strictly prohibited; please dispose of litter in the appropriate manner.
BE PREPARED: Always carry water and a first-aid kit and ensure that your spare tyre is at the correct pressure.
ROADS: Always check road and weather conditions before travelling into remote areas.
PHONE COVERAGE: Mobile coverage is available in all our towns. However, even a short distance outside the towns, there is limited or no mobile coverage. Do not rely on your mobile as a means of communication particularly in an emergency. A satellite phone or UHF radio might be something worth thinking about (they can be rented) if you are planning on being in remote areas for any length of time.
BREAKDOWNS: If you break down in the outback - stay with the vehicle until help arrives.
WEATHER CONDITIONS: Outback summers are hot but much less humid than on the coast and more bearable. Most facilities and transport are air-conditioned. Storms and heavy rains can occur during summer and minor flooding can cause some towns to become cut off for a few days, but this is all part of the adventure. The most temperate weather occurs between the beginning of April and the end of October. Wearing a broad brimmed hat and suncreen is recommended for all seasons.
SAFETY: When travelling to remote areas always check the road conditions before travelling. Advise the police or some other responsible person of your intended itinerary and report back on your arrival. Ensure your vehicle is mechanically sound and carry ample water and spare parts such as tyres, radiator hoses and fan belts along with a good tool kit.
MEDICAL: Make sure you have enough medical supplies for your trip. Our local pharmacies may not stock your special requirements.
BUSINESS HOURS: Due to circumstances outside their control, opening hours for local businesses may be subject to change at short notice.
COUNCIL FACILITIES: Hours are subject to change.