Here's an important piece of advice!

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You are sitting around the campfire talking to a group of (newbie) travellers who are about to embark on their first Outback Adventure – what is the one most important piece of advice you would dispatch them with...

Remember, the one most important piece, and to hone your thoughts try and keep it to a dozen or so words, a sentence, not an essay!

And a good weekend to all, Baz – The Landy

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Reply By: Baz - The Landy - Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 11:04

Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 11:04
For me…

Be well prepared ensuring vehicle and travellers are fit for the adventure, plan for contingencies, have a medical plan (how will you address an acute medical event), don’t stress, and have fun…

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Follow Up By: Baz - The Landy - Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 11:23

Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 11:23
Um, yes, there was two or three thoughts in there, but only a dozen or so words...

Cheers, Baz
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Follow Up By: Grizzle - Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 14:13

Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 14:13
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Reply By: Member - Iain H1 - Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 11:28

Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 11:28
No matter what, stay with the vehicle if you strike trouble
less the 12 words
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Reply By: steved58 - Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 11:37

Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 11:37
Take your time and enjoy !!!
Smell the roses
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Reply By: Member - ACD 1 - Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 11:39

Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 11:39
Take time to enjoy the journey - it isn't always about the destination.

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Reply By: Ron N - Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 11:43

Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 11:43
Keep your wood use to a minimum! A monstrous blazing fire is a complete waste of a scarce resource, in semi-desert areas!

Cheers, Ron.
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Follow Up By: Member - PhilD_NT - Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 at 20:53

Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 at 20:53
Ain't that the truth. I would also add "unless the chainsaw is for tree removal to clear a road, leave it at home". Been seeing/hearing too many of them being used on tree's in the actual campsite area.
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Reply By: Member - Boobook - Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 11:55

Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 11:55
Make sure you plan it properly and ensure your vehicle is capable of tackling your adventure.

AKA

Plan Plan Plan Plan Plan Plan Plan Plan.
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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 11:55

Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 11:55
Oh, Love that photo Baz.

That should be Hillbilly's home page.
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Reply By: Sigmund - Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 12:04

Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 12:04
Learn from others. A mistake out here can cost you big time.
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Reply By: gbc - Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 12:25

Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 12:25
Don't try to see all of it. Pick a spot and enjoy it. Australia is too big. I hate hearing people say they are going to 'do the Cape' on a 3 week holiday.
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Follow Up By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 19:48

Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 19:48
I would to say this is the issue I would raise too. I am convinced it is the one that will make all the difference.
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Reply By: brushmarx - Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 13:09

Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 13:09
If your toilet paper runs out don't use prickly pear leaves.
(only 11 words)
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Follow Up By: Baz - The Landy - Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 13:50

Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 13:50
11-words of sound advice!

Cheers, Baz
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Reply By: vk1dx - Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 13:28

Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 13:28
I would like to say:

If solo; tell someone your plan, take lots water, stay with car.

If not solo; look, listen, learn, ask questions

Phil

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Reply By: Member Kerry W (WA) - Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 14:12

Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 14:12
Its really simple - people rarely listen to lectures....but if you inspire inspire their hearts and souls...

Interestingly enough if they are relaxed and enjoying themselves good things and co-incidences just happen and good decisions are easy to make - if stressed and fearful humans nearly always make the wrong decisions...

I'd simply say....

"It is an adventure - feel the freedom every day ... you can't live in the past or worry about the future while you are truely experiencing adventure)."
Kerry W (Qld)
Security is mostly a superstition. It doesnt exist in nature. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
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Follow Up By: Baz - The Landy - Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 15:18

Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 15:18
Hey Kerry,

With you 110% and that is one of all-time favourite quotes by Helen Keller!

Cheers, Baz
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Reply By: Member - Leigh (Vic) - Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 16:01

Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 16:01
Let your bloody tyre pressures down!
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Reply By: Member - Scott M (NSW) - Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 16:34

Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 16:34
Make sure you get a good nights sleep and keep an open mind.
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Reply By: Member - Outback Gazz - Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 16:40

Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 16:40
Get all your advice on ExplorOz before you go !
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Follow Up By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 19:49

Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 19:49
Yes but how about tell them to get the ExplorOz Traveller App then they can take it all with them too!
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Reply By: harryopal - Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 17:00

Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 17:00
First sign of a kangaroo or emu, slow right down.
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Reply By: Member - Outback Gazz - Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 17:16

Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 17:16
Leave your attitude at home !
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Reply By: Hilux fan - Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 18:40

Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 18:40
Have a start and end point; make up everything else in between as you go.
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Follow Up By: Baz - The Landy - Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 23:08

Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 23:08
Sounds like my work day...!

Cheers, Baz
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Reply By: Member - Roachie - Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 18:51

Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 18:51
Take nothing but photos......leave nothing but footprints!!!
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Reply By: Michael H9 - Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 18:53

Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 18:53
I usually just find out where they are going and just recommend what I regard as good places of interest or good campsites I've stayed at. The last thing I want to do is blab on about what they should be doing unless they asked directly. I reckon the most important thing on gravel roads is moderate speed, good tyres and 2 spares if asked.
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Reply By: equinox - Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 18:54

Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 18:54
Don't listen to people who say it cannot be done when you know full well it can be done.

Looking for adventure.
In whatever comes our way.
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Follow Up By: Baz - The Landy - Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 22:59

Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 22:59
I'm hearing you...

"Those who don't think it can be done shouldn't bother the person doing it.."

Cheers, Baz
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Reply By: Member - Michael O (NSW) - Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 19:23

Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 19:23
Drive for two hours.
Then stop for two days.
Monday I have Friday on my mind...
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Reply By: Member - PhilD_NT - Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 19:29

Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 19:29
Don't drive through places.
Get out of car.
Open eyes.
Look around.
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Reply By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 19:52

Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 19:52
Travel is not a list of destinations - it is a collection of experiences. A great trip is full of magic moments not a list of place names. No matter where you go - make it matter.
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Follow Up By: Life Member - Terry 80FTE - Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 20:39

Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 20:39
Drive an 80 series cruiser and take note of the 200 odd words already written...;)
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Reply By: Member - Ron O (VIC) - Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 21:13

Friday, Aug 19, 2016 at 21:13
just hae a great time out there
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Reply By: Member - Ups and Downs - Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 at 09:20

Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 at 09:20
Have a 'cash' reserve as well as plastic money.

Sometimes cards won't work.

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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 at 11:33

Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 at 11:33
Don't burn all the wood(at night), we need some for breakfast.

Saw the remains of someone's camp on the QAA Line back in June. The pile of white ash must have been close to 500mm high. Probably burnt a couple of trees that night?

Bob

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Reply By: Echucan Bob - Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 at 22:54

Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 at 22:54
Don't take wine you wouldn't drink at home. Allow one bottle per person per day. Take proper wine glasses and look after them. Drinking all the wine on the first night is a rookie mistake and will result in unpleasantness until stocks can be replenished.
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Reply By: The Bantam - Sunday, Aug 21, 2016 at 11:46

Sunday, Aug 21, 2016 at 11:46
For goodness sakes carry enough water.
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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Sunday, Aug 21, 2016 at 16:35

Sunday, Aug 21, 2016 at 16:35
Not all advise is correct , we have all made mistakes .

10 words.
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Follow Up By: Baz - The Landy - Sunday, Aug 21, 2016 at 18:47

Sunday, Aug 21, 2016 at 18:47
I'm hearing you!

"Good judgement comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgement..."

Cheers, Baz
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Reply By: Member - Milton477 - Sunday, Aug 21, 2016 at 19:18

Sunday, Aug 21, 2016 at 19:18
Leave "HURRY" at home.
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Reply By: Baz - The Landy - Monday, Aug 22, 2016 at 07:51

Monday, Aug 22, 2016 at 07:51
Well Monday morning has rolled around again and "The Landy" is back in the shed till next weekend.

Thanks to all who contributed to this thread, interesting to see other people’s thoughts, which overwhelmingly had a theme of “just get out there and enjoy it…”

Cheers, Baz – The Landy
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Reply By: Member - Paul B (WA) - Monday, Aug 22, 2016 at 10:46

Monday, Aug 22, 2016 at 10:46
Avoid the inland outback in high summer!
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Follow Up By: Ron N - Monday, Aug 22, 2016 at 11:35

Monday, Aug 22, 2016 at 11:35
You're not wrong there, Paul. I've worked at Edjudina in February, doing gold tailings re-treatment, and the temperature was around 50 deg C.

Kalgoorlies official temperatures were around 47 and 48 degrees at the time.
I don't mind heat, but that was over-the-top, and I can still clearly remember that stinking blast-furnace heat, 30 years later.
And to think I was WORKING in it, operating loaders, shifting dirt, loading a truck with carbon leach tanks, and chaining them down! Even worse - neither machines, nor the truck, had air-conditioning!

Only one other time equals it, I went to an auction at Eneabba in late February in the early 2000's - Eneabba recorded 48.7 deg that day, and I can tell you, most people at the auction weren't bidding - they were gathered around the water tap like a flock of thirsty birds in the peak of Summer.
I was convinced the auctioneer was going to have a stroke or heart attack, he was red as a beetroot, and sweating like the proverbial pig.

Cheers, Ron.
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