Travel Tips

For a safe and enjoyable trip there are a numbers of things to consider before you head off on your Pathways to Wave Rock self-drive trail. The following travel tip information is a useful guide for your outdoor adventures and safety precautions should be taken at all times.

Weather Conditions
Summer in the wheatbelt is long, hot and dry, The average daily summer maximum temperature is around 35 degrees, with minimums approximately 20 degrees. With very little rain, other than the occasional summer storm, the days have bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine. Winter is much more mild and cool, with daytime temperature being around 15 degrees and cooling off to 4 degrees overnight.

Take Care & Be Prepared

  • Ensure you have drinking water and a hat when exploring during the warmer months.
  • Protect the flora, wildlife, environment and heritage sites so others may enjoy the beauty of the area.
  • Camp Fires are prohibited during the summer months.
  • Take all your rubbish with you.
  • Take extra care while driving on gravel roads (unsealed).
  • Slow down you’ll see more of us, we’ll see more of you.
  • Distances – 100 kilometres is at least 1 hour of driving time.

Mobile Phones
Telstra are the regional network provider for remote parts of WA. If you are travelling on the Pathways to Wave Rock self drive trail, you will need a Blue Tick certified device. Please note mobile phone coverage varies and can be unreliable in some areas.

Driving Tips
Self-driving may take you into some remote areas, where forward planning is extremely important to ensure your experience is safe, enjoyable and memorable. The following is a list of safety tips to assist you:

  • Always tell someone where you are going, your return dates and your itinerary.
  • Make sure your vehicle is in top mechanical condition.
  • Check road conditions before departure. Rain can make some tracks and roads impassable. When travelling on unsealed roads, exercise caution and ‘read’ the road well ahead of the vehicle.
  • Carry extra food, water, fuel and vehicle spares if you are travelling on remote tracks.
  • In the event of a breakdown in a remote location, remain with your vehicle.
  • The outback can be very hot in summer so if you are travelling at this time of the year make sure you are carrying plenty of drinking water.
  • Roads and tracks on private property should not be used without the landholder’s permission. Leave gates as you found them.
  • Take care at all railway crossings. Train movements can be irregular and not all crossings have flashing lights.
  • Large slow-moving agricultural machinery may be encountered on highways and local roads, so take care when overtaking.
  • Dust can obscure vision when travelling or passing on dirt roads.
  • Beware of wandering livestock and wildlife, especially at dusk and dawn when visibility may be poor and they become more active.
  • Be prepared! Pack a first-aid kit. Slow down on corrugated dirt roads and always drive at a speed suited to the prevailing conditions.

Food and Fuel
Traveling in remote areas we recommend that you plan ahead, LPG Autogas is not available in all regional areas. Contact local Visitor Information Centres or Shire offices for fuel availability before you travel.

Road Trains
Road trains are common along many regional Western Australian highways and in particular the mining and agricultural areas. Road trains can often have up to four trailers and on the open road can travel at speeds up to 100kph.

Wildflowers
Spring time, between September – November is the best time of year to see the vast array of wildflowers along the Pathways to Wave Rock. Call into the Visitor Information Centres along the way for local knowledge on the best wildflower locations. Please note wildflowers can vary from season to season depending on weather conditions and rainfall.

Nature and Wildlife
When bush walking or visiting Nature Reserves do not disturb wildlife, remove plants, rocks or aboriginal artefacts. In warmer months watch out and stay clear of snakes. Always have a well-equipped First Aid Kit nearby in case of emergencies.