It seems my fantastic plans may not be so fantastic after all. Two of us will be arriving in Perth mid november and were planning on buying a campervan to begin our year long travels. The plan was to travel up the west coast to Darwin by 21st Dec but now i've seen that this really isn't a good time to go north with it being rainy season and risks of cyclones etc. Is it really that bad or should we just go for it anyway? We have a return flight from Darwin to Sydney 21/12 returning 2/1/07 so we can spend xmas and new year in Sydney then planning on travelling down through alice/uluru and down to adelaide before heading across the south coast to sydney. Worried now that this might all have to change!
This a website that I have just used to plan my upcoming travel and found to be very useful for weather conditions worldwide: www.weatherbase.com. Another website is: www.standbycars.com.au, especially the campervan section. If you can change your flights inside Australia, perhaps you could drive from Perth through the Nullabor, South Aust, across to Broken Hill through to Sydney by Christmas/New Year, then fly to Tasmania, pickup another campervan and spend a couple of weeks, before taking the ferry back to Victoria and slowly make your way up through NSW and reach Qld when the wet season is finished and continue up north, across to NT, down to Alice Springs/Uluru, either return to Darwin, or across Tanami Desert. If you have the opportunity to see the Kimberley area, take it up. The Bungle Bungles (one of my favourite parts of Oz) is only accessible by 4 wheel drive. When you hit the WA coast, you will have passed through Geike Gorge, Kunanurra and Ord River/Argyle Dam. Then back to Perth along the west coast, assuming that is where you intend to leave Oz.
Hope this hasn't confused you too much. Have fun and good experiences.
It might not be a good idea to travel let's say north of Port Hedland from December on. The worst rains are from January onwards, so you might be lucky. This year for example the rains started late, half december I heard but you never know.
even tarred roads can be flooded and closed for all vehicles, including the highclearance 4wd's with snorkels.
I wouldn't bet on it, but if you do, watch the weather forecast just abou every day!
Have fun! Michael.
yeah and the wet season brings sticky humid weather. bleh. the winter is the best time to head up north, cos the weather is very very decent! a little chilly at night, but still in the daytime you can get away with skirts and strapless tops!
I would go with Aussie42's advice. Just back from WA/NT and would avoid them in the wet as lots of things were closed when I was there as it was. Kimberley region is a must especially the Bungle Bungles.