We are planning to visit Western Australia febr. and march 2005. We want to travel from Perth to Darwin during this time. We are planning to travel by car and sleep at camping-site, B&B and farmstays. Now I have a few question, which you maybe can answer or help us a little bit.
- Is this period too hot and should we plan or trip later that year?
- Is it possible to travel by a normal (rental)car or do we need a camper or 4WD?
- Is two months too short or too long to travel this route?
You don't necessarily need a four wheel drive, but some 'normal' hire companies might have restrictions on where you can take their cars.
For example, the company I used in Sydney would only allow the newer cars to go 'interstate', and that was on perfectly good roads.
If you are intending to go off onto dirt roads, you would have to check that you can do this and what it means for your insurance - many companies won't cover you for damage done on these roads.
You may be better off buying a car and selling it at the end, then you really have 'no worries'.
Try Travellers Autobarn.
Sitting here with my well north travelled dad he says,
you have to prepare yourself for constant 40 degree celcius days
and once you get to the pilbarra it is so humid it feels that if you spit rain might pour.
It is not the time of the year that Australians that know there country travel north.
he says you have to at least have a 4wd as this is monsoon season.
he's being a tough though cos he says
'best country though mate, best country.
he lived up that way for 5 years. so he knows
sorry i'm just writing random things as he tells me stories.
beautiful up there, don't swim in ANY water because of crocidile danger.
argh he's tellingme scarey croc stories, now he's getting all excited.
Hope that is some help! beautiful but intense, you must mentally prepare yourself. Best time to travel there is May-October.
I'm all over the place with this cos my round the world trip starts in 2 days..yay!!!!
As Bethany has mentioned the North of WA at that of the year is hot and the further you go it is the wet season , pretty uncomfortable.
If you stick to the sealed roads a normal car is fine.
As also mentioned no matter how hot it is up north do not go for a swim.
If you can I reckon June onwards would be far better time to visit the North of Australia. Perth though hot in February-March it is a great place to visit and you can really enjoy the fantastic beaches at that time of the year.
From personal experience (I just to live up there) I would not travel in Feb/March. It is the hottest time of year - at least 40C all the time. Plus you run the risk of cyclones. Best time of year is winter (eg June - August). Days are about 25C in the North and it is beautiful.
As for cars - It really depends on where you want to go. Some of the attractions you will need a 4WD for. If you just plan on travelling btw towns then you can have a normal car.
If you do go on dirt roads etc make sure you take enough water etc. Too many scary stories of ppl getting lost. I think you can notify the local authorities - tell them where you are going so if something does happen they know where to start looking.
On a different tangent - if you are driving be careful of kangaroos. They have a whole 'Let's jump in front of cars' complex - from personal experience I can tell you they do it reguarly and car accidents are not fun. Try not to drive at night. Much easier during the day.
Time wise - 2 months is fine depending on what you want to visit. I've done it in less. Just be prepared to drive lots - without seeing much in between.... From Port Hedland to Broome is at least 6 hrs and there is nothing in between.