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The Natural Resources Centre SA Arid Lands provides a one-
stop service where you can access services and information on
National Parks and the management of wildlife, land and water.
Level One, 9 Mackay Street, Port Augusta.
(08) 8648 5300
PUBLIC ACCESS OFFICER (For access to Pastoral Leases)
1800 678 447
REMOTE AREA TRAVEL
Arid landscapes are incredibly fragile. Whilst they may appear
barren and isolated they support a wide range of truly unique and
amazing plants and animals. Every step you take off the path and
every wheel you take off the track will have a lasting impact.
If you are not travelling through a national park or conservation
reserve, then you are most likely travelling through a pastoral
property, someone else’s backyard.
Please consider your actions carefully.
• Stay on the tracks.
• Camp only in designated areas or with the permission of the
appropriate land manager in other areas.
• Use public toilet facilities if you can. If a public toilet is
unavailable, dig a deep hole, burn any toilet paper and fill in the
• Take your rubbish and waste cassettes to the nearest town
facilities for disposal in identified waste bins. Do not empty
cassettes into public toilets.
• Camping close to stock watering points can affect grazing stock
and because of this, you are not permitted to camp within 500
metres of these areas. Please don’t use soap or detergents in or
near waterholes, stock watering points or artesian springs.
• Pastoral homesteads and out-buildings are people’s homes and
businesses. Please respect their backyard and don’t camp within
one kilometre of a homestead or other buildings.
• Bring your firewood with you and check fire restrictions with
the Country Fire Service on 1300 362 361. Some National Parks
do not allow wood fires and we ask you not to collect wood in
outback areas as it so limited.
Travelling in remote outback South Australia can be a rewarding and
enjoyable experience. It can also be very hazardous with rapid onset
of extreme weather conditions, challenging terrain, and isolation
You are responsible for your own safety and planning. Don’t
forget to keep in agreed regular contact with a responsible
person and advise them of your travel plans.
OUTBACK ROADS AND WEATHER CONDITIONS
Be aware of weather forecasts as you are travelling. Always check
road and weather conditions before you leave. Severe penalties apply
for driving on closed roads and these are enforced.
Call the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure on
1300 361 033 for information about road closures and conditions
in the Outback.
Tracks within National Parks and on pastoral properties may also be
subject to closures and advice on road conditions via the Desert
Parks Bulletin. Call (08) 8648 5300 for further information.
Only signposted Public Access Routes on pastoral stations can be
used without first seeking landholder consent. All other station tracks
are considered to be private tracks. Contact the Public Access Officer
on 1800 678 447 or (08) 8648 5300 for further information.
Only about 5% of the outback has mobile phone range with the
majority of coverage in townships on main sealed roads. Coverage is
sporadic on the unsealed road network. Satellite telephones provide
alternative communications to almost anywhere in Australia and
around the world and some outback locations (such as Birdsville and
Mt Dare) hire satellite telephones to travellers.
UHF radios are also a popular means of communication in the
outback. To prevent confusion and ensure satisfactory communications
for everyone using this part of the radio band frequency, protocols are
in place. Please familiarise yourself with UHF use prior to departure
on a long outback adventure.
Travellers can use channels 9 to 30 and 39 for conversations as well
as channels 49 to 70, but should be aware that anyone within range
(line of sight) can hear your conversation.
Channels 5 & 35 are for emergency use only. Be aware that
emergency channels are monitored by volunteers and may not
always be available in outback regions. (Fines and imprisonment
can apply for misuse.)
Channels 1 to 8 and 41 to 48 are repeater channels, and as such
broadcast over a longer distance (up to 100 km). They should only
be used to seek assistance when required. Channel 40 is the Road or
‘truckies’ channel. Channels 22 & 23 are for data only. Channels 31
to 38 and 71 to 78 are repeater inputs. (Do not use these channels
for simplex transmissions as you will interfere with conversations on
channels 1 to 8 and 41 to 48.)
Your fuel economy will vary greatly on the tracks you take. Make
sure you plan ahead and carry enough fuel between all stops. Be
aware that heavy track conditions such as soft sand, muddy tracks
and slow, hilly terrain will increase your fuel consumption.
It is essential to always carry adequate supplies of water (plus a
3-4 day reserve supply). During mild weather estimate six litres per
person per day. During warmer weather estimate 10 litres of water
per person per day.
IMPORTANT TELEPHONE NUMBERS
POLICE CONTACT NUMBERS
Coober Pedy (08) 8672 5056
Marree (08) 8675 8346
Marla (08) 8670 7020
Oodnadatta (08) 8670 7805
Port Augusta (08) 8648 5040
ROYAL FLYING DOCTOR SERVICE MEDICAL EMERGENCY
(08) 8648 9555
REGIONAL HOSPITALS – FOR ALL EMERGENCIES CALL ‘000’
COOBER PEDY (08) 8672 5009
Oodnadatta (08) 8670 7803
Port Augusta (08) 8648 5500
Roxby Downs (08) 8671 9020
(Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure)
1300 361 033
DESERT PARKS HOTLINE
1800 816 078
COUNTRY FIRE SERVICE (CFS) HOTLINE
1300 362 361
SOUTH AUSTRALIAN TOURISM COMMISSION
FLINDERS RANGES AND OUTBACK VISITOR GUIDE
WADLATA OUTBACK CENTRE
Port Augusta 1800 633 060
Coober Pedy Visitor Information Centre
1800 637 076
Marree Hotel (08) 8675 8344
Marree Roadhouse & General Store (08) 8675 8352
Oasis Motel, Caravan Park & Campground (08) 8675 8352
Marla Roadhouse 08 8670 7001
The Pink Roadhouse 1800 802 074
Roxby Downs Visitor Information Centre (08) 8671 2001
www.roxbyleisure.com/ VisitorInformationCentre/ Intro.html
William Creek Hotel (08) 8670 7880
(08) 8670 7962
Natural Resources SA Arid Lands, and its employees, and the SA Arid Lands
Natural Resources Board, do not warrant or make any representation regarding
the use, or results of use of the information contained herein as to its correctness,
accuracy, reliability, currency or otherwise. The SA Arid Lands Natural Resources
Management Board and Natural Resources SA Arid Lands employees, expressly
disclaim all liability or responsibility to any person using the information or advice.
This work is copyright. Apart from any use permitted under the Copyright Act 1968
(Commonwealth), no part may be reproduced by any process without prior written
permission obtained from the South Australian Tourism Commission. Requests and
enquiries concerning reproduction and rights should be directed to the General
Manager, Marketing, at the South Australian Tourism Commission.
• Allocating Water and Maintaining Springs of the Great Artesian
Basin Report Series, edited by Andy Love and Travis Gotch,
• Field Guide to the Plants of Outback South Australia, Frank
Kutsche and Brendan Lay, 2003, Dept. Water, Land & Biodiversity
• Natural History of the North East Deserts, Michael Tyler, 1990, Royal
Society of South Australia Inc.
• Plants of Western NSW, G Cunninham, W Mulham, P Milthorpe & J
Leigh, CSIRO Publishing
• Red Sand, Green Heart, Ecological Adventures in the Outback, John
• The Simpson Desert, A Natural History and Human Endeavour, Mark
Shephard, 1992, Royal Geographical Society of South Australia Inc.
• Westprint Maps, Tel: (03) 5391 1466, www.westprint.com.au
• Natural Resources SA Arid Lands, www.naturalresources.sa .gov.au/
• Parks South Australia, www.parks.com.au
• South Australian Tourism Commission, www.southaustralia.com
Bob Chinnock, Prue Coulls, John Dallwitz, Pat Katnich, Frank Kutsche,
Werner Kutsche, Brendan Lay, Joc Schmiechen, Natural Resources SA
Arid Lands, South Australia Tourism Commission
THIS BROCHURE HAS BEEN COMPILED WITH ALL INTERESTS IN
MIND BY USING NON-TECHNICAL TERMS.
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