Judbarra National Park covers about 13,000 square kilometres of country in between the lush tropics and the semi-arid zone. It’s a landscape that seems harsh and wild to the casual glance but it’s rich in history and culture as well as being home to many special plants and animals.
The 4WD tracks in Judbarra take you past towering Boab trees, craggy cliffs and wide open skies but there are a few important things to remember while you are travelling in more remote parks and reserves.
A safe and well planned trip will always be the most enjoyable kind.
Check road conditions with the Parks and Wildlife and Road Report websites before heading out. While many tracks are now open, conditions can change rapidly. Driving on wet roads can damage them to the point where they need extensive and expensive repairs so please respect all road closures. Towing any type of trailer is not recommended on remote roads so make arrangements to leave your caravan or camper somewhere safe before heading down the track.
Let someone responsible know where you are going and when you expect to be back as emergencies can happen even if you are well prepared. A UHF radio, satellite phone and personal locator beacon are also essentials; mobile phone coverage is limited or non-existent in remote areas.
A well-stocked first aid kit is an essential part of your emergency kit as is an understanding of how to use it.
The gravel roads in Judbarra can be hard on tyres and punctures are common. If you are travelling along some of the more remote sections of track a puncture repair kit is useful. Make sure that your vehicle is well maintained and take extra fuel, water and at least two spare tyres.
Always make sure that you take enough food and drinking water for the whole trip, with a little left over in case you get stuck somewhere. It’s easier to manage emergencies when you are not hungry.
Blue triangle markers on a white square will indicate the direction and location of the remote Judbarra tracks. Boab tree markers are located at 10 kilometre intervals along the tracks and near intersections showing you the distance that you have travelled and guiding you through sections of track that travel through cattle stations.
Travel safe this dry season; be well prepared and have a great time.