It’s essential to carefully plan your trip before hitting the road. Make sure you inform a reliable contact of your intended destination and estimated arrival time, and be sure to let them know when you get there. And if you change your route or schedule, be sure to inform them of your plans.
The isolation and ruggedness found in Australia’s North West can be adventurous and exciting, but it can also carry risks. In order to reduce the risk of problems during your holiday, there are a few things you can do before you set off.
Always carry adequate supplies of water and a comprehensive first aid kit. If you take prescribed medication make sure you will have enough for the duration of your trip and bring a script renewal from your doctor.
Mosquitoes can carry diseases such as encephalitis and Ross River fever. Use appropriate insect repellents and cover arms and legs with loose clothing, particularly at dawn and dusk.
The hot and dry conditions in parts of Australia’s North West mean there is a risk of bushfires, and in isolated areas, it is possible for bushfires to rage for several days before being noticed and brought under control.
The lighting of fires can be extremely dangerous, care should be taken at all times and a campfire should never be left unattended. Please help us protect our natural environment and follow the fire warnings. Safety information is available from the
Cyclones can affect the Pilbara region's coastal and inland communities during the summer months - generally from November to March. Tropical Cyclone Advices are issued on local TV and radio stations whenever a tropical cyclone is expected.
Tropical cyclones are a natural hazard that can cause considerable damage. They are a feature of the weather and climate in the Pilbara and can occur throughout the summer season in the Pilbara regions. Should there be a cyclone alert during your stay, you should be aware of the following procedures.
Cyclone warnings are broadcast on local radio stations, or telephone 1300 659 210.
Many of the Pilbara's breathtaking natural attractions lie in remote and vast wilderness areas. Before heading off into the outback, remember to:
Australia's North West has the largest tidal ranges in the Southern Hemisphere. Tidal water can move very quickly, and often catches people unaware. If you are undertaking any activity by the water, check the local tide charts, available at visitor centres and service stations.
Travellers should always wear a wide-brimmed hat, long-sleeved shirt, sunglasses and at least an SPF 15+ sunscreen when outdoors. It is also recommended that you drink at least two litres of water each day.
Take extra care when outdoors between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm, when UV radiation is most intense. Seek shade to protect your skin from skin cancer and other sun damage.
See the Road Safety page for advice on how to prepare for your journey and what to do if you get stuck or break down.