Here are some health and safety tips to ensure you have an enjoyable, trouble-free holiday in Western Australia's Golden Outback. While Australia is considered to be a very safe country, it is still wise to avoid dangerous situations.
Always carry adequate supplies of water and a comprehensive first aid kit. 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.
While Australia is considered to be a very safe country, it is still wise to avoid dangerous situations.
The hot and dry conditions in parts of Western Australia's Golden Outback mean there is a risk of bushfires. The lighting of fires can be extremely dangerous, so care should be taken at all times – a campfire should never be left unattended. Please help us protect our natural environment and follow the fire warnings. Safety information is available from Fire and Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia (FESA).
Some of the region's natural attractions lie in remote areas. Before heading off into the Australian outback, remember to:
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 10:00am and 3:00pm, when UV radiation is most intense. Seek shade to protect your skin from skin cancer and other sun damage.
Fire/Police/Ambulance - 000
Fire/Police/Ambulance from GSM mobile phone - 112
Royal Flying Doctors Service (emergencies only) - 1800 625 800
Automobile Association of Australia - National Emergency Breakdown - 13 11 11
Information on road conditions, GPS co-ordinates and a trip distance calculator is available from Main Roads on 138 138, or visit www.mainroads.wa.gov.au
For a comprehensive list of hospitals in Western Australia's Golden Outback, visit the Department of Health.
National park passes can be obtained from the Department of Parks and Wildlife on (08) 9219 9000 or visit www.dpaw.wa.gov.au
To obtain permits for Aboriginal Lands, contact the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage, or telephone (08) 6551 8000.