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DRIVING ON KANGAROO ISLAND
Many roads on Kangaroo Island are unsealed
and the abundant wildlife is most active at
dawn and dusk. Always check before taking a
hire car to Kangaroo Island as some companies
have restrictions. There are hire cars available
on the Island.
DRIVING IN THE OUTBACK
The Outback is a wonderful place to visit,
and easy to reach from Adelaide. Driving in
the Outback can be a rewarding experience,
however, because of long distances between
towns and the possibility of extreme
conditions, it requires very careful preparation.
Ensure your vehicle is in good mechanical
condition. If you are hiring a vehicle, make
sure you know how to use the safety
Carry a compass, matches, flash lights,
water supply, tools, more than one
spare tyre, and a car jack that you know
how to use.
Have recent maps of the area you intend
driving into and check road conditions.
For up-to-date road conditions phone
1300 361 033 (Aust only) or visit the
website: www.transport.sa .gov.au
Hire appropriate emergency communication
equipment, eg satellite phone. Mobile
phone coverage is limited.
Take care when driving 4WD vehicles as
they have a high centre of gravity. Drive
at reduced speeds on unsealed roads to
reduce the possibility of a roll-over.
While Outback days are often very
warm and can be extremely hot, the
nights can be extremely cold. Carry
a set of warm clothes.
Plan distances carefully and top up
whenever fuel is available.
Obey road closure signs and stick to
the main roads.
Unsealed roads quickly become
impassable during and after rain: always
carry enough food and drinking water for
each person for two days.
Take frequent rest breaks and change
Avoid driving at sunrise and sunset when
animals are most active to reduce the
risk of accidents with wildlife that has
strayed onto the road or livestock grazing
on the roadside.
Tell a responsible person where you’re
going and when you expect to return.
If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle.
This is the single most important rule of
Remember, you are ultimately responsible
for your own safety.
For travellers planning a drive through
the Outback, visit the Royal Automobile
Association of SA (RAA) in Adelaide for more
information about driving in the Outback,
and proper driving maps.
Tel: +61 8 8202 4600
DRIVING ON THE BEACH
There are many locations along South
Australia’s coastline where visitors can take
a car on the beach for a 4WD adventure,
a spot of fishing or just to enjoy the sun
Silver Sands Beach at Aldinga, south
of Adelaide on the Fleurieu Peninsula,
is one of the few beaches in Australia where
2WD cars are permitted to drive on parts
of the beach.
Most other beaches require access by
4WD and vehicles are encouraged to carry
a compressor, long-handled shovel and
recovery kit. It is important to reduce tyre
pressure when travelling through soft sand,
follow the tracks and markers, and pay
attention to the tides.
Excellent beach 4WD tracks include Goolwa
to the Murray Mouth (Fleurieu Peninsula),
tracks through Coffin Bay National Park
(Eyre Peninsula), coastal tracks between
Robe and Beachport and along the Coorong
FOUR WHEEL DRIVING (4WD, 4X4
OR OFF-ROAD DRIVING)
4WDs differ from conventional passenger
cars. They have a higher centre of gravity
and are more likely to roll over. Take extra
care when driving these vehicles, especially
when they are heavily loaded and you are
driving on dirt roads. Ensure you know
how to use the vehicle’s tool kit and jack,
how to manage the vehicle if you become
bogged in mud or sand, and how to
engage and disengage the 4WD system
and freewheeling hubs. Do not overload
roof racks and always plan fuel usage and
purchase. You will still need to prepare
carefully for any travel in remote country.
There are many reputable 4WD publications
available. The Royal Automobile Association
(RAA) can provide 4WD publications for
the Flinders Ranges, Limestone Coast
and Outback regions.
Bunyeroo Valley, Flinders Ranges
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