Survival In The Bush


  • Always notify someone of your trip;
    1. Tell them exactly where you are going
    2. When you are leaving and returning
  • Always check the weather – is it too hot; has there been rain; could there be flash floods or flooding?
  • Check the road conditions – 1300 013 314 or
  • Take plenty of WATER and food, matches and a torch - always carry more than you need
  • Have with you some signal device, e.g. Mirror, flares, etc
  • Make sure your vehicle is ready for the trip
  • Know how to use four wheel drive
  • Carry spare parts for your vehicle
  • If you can, try to take some type of communication equipment
  • Make sure you know exactly where you’re going and take maps of the area
  • Never decide to go any where else during the trip unless you can let someone know of the changes 
  • If you are on an extended trip check in with your contact and give your proceedings


  • Use your maps, try to find out where you are and how to get back
  • If you can’t find a way out, use your Communication equipment to get help
  • Failing the above, park somewhere so your vehicle can be seen by air, not under trees or between hills or cliffs 
  • Stay with your vehicle or close to it, don’t try to walk out
  • Conserve your food and water
  • Don’t waste your energy, rest in shade, protected from the elements
  • If you see a plane try to signal using your mirror or other signal device
  • At night, light a fire to keep warm, also someone might spot it


  1. Easy access, generally small, if any, 4WD needed. Clearance may be needed.
  2. Some 4WD may be needed and creek crossings usually have water.
  3. 4WD needed for some areas and full access may require travel over difficult terrain.
  4. Sustained section of 4WD along routes with maximum clearance needed. Multiple or difficult water crossings or bogs.
  5. Serious 4WD! Recovery gear, winches and multiple vehicles required for sustained distances of slow, rigorous travel.


Many of them are private. Anyone wishing to enter a pastoral lease should obtain permission from the occupier. Livestock and wildlife may be found on the roads, so care must be taken, especially at night.

When travelling on pastoral leases the following rules should be adhered to:

  • Contact the homestead and enquire where you can or cannot go
  • LEAVE ALL GATES AS YOU FIND THEM. Some gates may have been intentionally left open
  • Refrain from lighting fires or ensure they are fully extinguished when not attended
  • Remove all rubbish and properly dispose
  • Do not camp near watering places
  • Do not bathe, swim or wash clothes in water tanks or troughs, or non-flowing pools
  • Fences must not be cut or damaged
  • Check with Shire, Main Roads or occupier before travelling on wet unsealed roads as extensive damage could result and conditions change following rain
  • Beware of washouts
  • Pets should not be taken onto pastoral property without occupiers permission
  • It is illegal to carry firearms without permission onto a pastoral property, as is shooting on to, from or across a road
  • Carry adequate water at all times


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