West Australia - Dec/Jan
Replies: 14 - Last Post: Dec 14, 2012 6:08 PM Last Post By: poppageorge
Dec 10, 2012 4:33 AM
West Australia - Dec/JanHello,
Comming from Europe to Perth we plan to spent ~1month between Dec 16 - Jan 12 traveling by car in West Australia.
1 .What is the weather on north of WA in December/January? Is it better to go to Karijini region in already in December or rather in January?
2. Does wet season in WA means some real problem with traveling in the north or is just more rainy days than usual (sorry for asking but never been there). Are there any problems with roads, Karijini NP or Ningaloo access?
3. What are your favourite "must see" other than common ones described in every guide? Nature places (but with possble access with 2WD car), places to stay for nice camp, spectacular short trackings, etc.
4. Were shall we rent 4WD car to see outback? - we have 2WD booked but want to rent 4WD at some interesting points to see something more inland.
Dec 10, 2012 6:08 AM
Dec 10, 2012 12:52 PM
2Weather is HOT, renting a 4x4 creates problems as they usually come with limited recovery gear and importantly do you have the skill sets to get yourself out of strife. If you insist on doing it then invest in an EPIRB buy/hire in case it all goes pear shaped. If you google the temps for coastal places and then inland you will see what the differences are.
A group day trip might be cheaper if you want to get off the beaten track.
Google road closes for Karinjini and all will be revealed, also use the search function on this site as that NP is mentioned a fair bit.
Dec 10, 2012 6:33 PM
3Cyclones and cyclone season are completely unpredictable in the tropics, so you will need to be prepared for delays and cancellations. I agree with the above posters, who say, if you want to go off the beaten track, especially at that time of year, go with an experienced guide.
It is usually better to do the most nothern parts first, as this will give you time to get back if you are delayed, and generally the conditions deteriorate as the wet season progresses.
Dec 12, 2012 4:31 AM
4A 4wd is useless if you have no experience in using them. They are often just a way of getting into trouble. I know, I've rescued dozens of newbies in 4wds from the Gibb river country in the north to Albany in the south. Use a 2wd and go only where it's obvious other 2wds are going.
You need to do a LOT more research on Wa if you hope to get the best from your trip.
Dec 12, 2012 6:12 AM
Dec 12, 2012 6:16 AM
6idea also if possible have 2 sets keys. mentoined this before was up cairns way years ago when came across a couple who had mislaid there car key. was in a desolate area. had to damage the door window and the ignition switch to get it going. was kinda expensive unplanned charge. for them when rental was turned in.
Dec 12, 2012 4:17 PM
Dec 13, 2012 7:56 PM
8The weather is very hot and wet. Check out internet weather guides to get an indication of the temps. 40 degrees + is not unusual. The rain can lead to flooding very quickly and it will also be cyclone season. Unfortunately the outback is exteremly harsh and inexperienced and unprapared travellers to the region can quickly get into trouble. I would definitely advise travelling with a registered guide at this time of year. If you do decide to do the trip yourself, get proper advice re quantitites of water/food/petrol etc you will require plus a satellite phone, you mobile will not be of assistance in many areas,
Dec 14, 2012 12:21 AM
9I'm right next to karijini np now, the weather is currently pleasant as the clouds block out the harsh sun and 7 days of constant afternoon and evening showers has cooled the place down to the mid 30's as opposed to the low 40's of a month ago.
The streams are flowing and I'd imagine the gorges in karijini would be quite spectacular there right now, with far fewer tourists than in the tourist/dry season.
And it's all accessible via 'most weather roads'.
Work and life goes on all around karijini 12 months a year , unless there is a cyclone coming, and you'll get a few days warning, or major floods, youll see it on the abcnews website, then you'll have no real problem.
Dec 14, 2012 12:32 AM
Dec 14, 2012 5:45 AM
Dec 14, 2012 4:22 PM
Dec 14, 2012 4:29 PM
1. Hot, hot, hot - it won't make any difference whether you go in December or January, it will be hot so make sure your car has aircon and you have heaps of water. But yes you will be better off "down south" than "up north" at that time of year.
2. It's never guaranteed to rain, some wets can be very dry... keep a close eye on www.bom.gov.au and that will give you all you need to know about the weather. If it's raining in the north you won't get anywhere.... but that's only likely for a couple of days before the roads will eb good again... that's as long as you are staying on the main roads only as once you get off road then they can be unpassable for weeks..
Dec 14, 2012 6:08 PM
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