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Experience Perth and surrounds

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Experience Perth & some of its hidden gems

Experience Perth & Surrounds during your trip in Western Australia. Perth is the major gateway for exploring the South West region or before heading up North or in the Goldfields region. The city is alive and vibrant and offers activities for everyone.

Perth CBD and surrounds

Perth CBD is a vibrant city with a lot of activities on offer. The most popular attraction close to the CBD is Kings Park, one of the largest city park in the world! Perth also offers great views over the Swan River with its new and trendy Elizabeth Quay, where you can book a gondola tour or simply take the ferry to cross the river and arrive in South Perth, where Perth Zoo is located. If you are keen to experience Perth’s amazing beaches, simply head to Cottesloe, the most popular beach in Perth with its beautiful postcard landscapes. Do you have a spare day? Then take the train or drive to Fremantle, a city well known for its maritime history. It is a great place to visit for the day and it is so easy to relax there. Fremantle is also one of the three main ports where you can also take the ferry for a trip to Rottnest Island. Other ferry start points are Elizabeth quay and Hillarys Boat Harbour (a great place for the kids if you would like to go swimming!). Rottnest Island is the ultimate place to visit when staying in Perth. It boasts picturesque seascapes and beautiful beaches, accessible by walking or cycling. Let’s not forgot the amazing quokkas! It is hard not to fall in love with those little creatures!

Perth Hills

The Perth Hills are located just half an hour from Perth CBD. It offers a wide array of activities and beautiful landscapes. Kalamunda is one of the most popular town in the Perth Hills. The town is located in the Darling Scarp, east of Perth. It is a great place to visit if you love nature, food and history. Don’t forget to visit the Kalamunda History Village, which is the largest folk museum in Western Australia, depicting the early years of life in the Perth Hills and the industries that developed in the area. If you would like to experience something out of the ordinary, book a camel ride at the Calamunda Camel Farm! You will discover the local bush and might even spot local wildlife. You can find out more on their website. If you continue driving further East, you will find the town of Mundaring Weir. There, you will discover how water was transported in the early 1900s all the way from Mundaring Weir to the booming Gold Rush town of Kalgoorlie. The Precinct tells the history of the weir and the pipeline through a series of story-telling signs and sculptures by renowned artists. Don’t forget to get lunch or a coffee at the Mundaring Weir Hotel with its beautiful beer garden. If you are a wine and food lover, then, south of Mundaring Weir, you can explore wineries and cideries along the Bickley Valley Wine and Cider Trails. You can download the trail brochure here.

Perth Hills Wildlife and Conservation

If you are looking for a unique experience with native Australian wildlife, then contact Kaarakin, which is a fantastic not-for-profit organisation in the Perth Hills. The organisation aims to rescue, rehabilitate and release black cockatoos which are threatened with extinction. The sanctuary also takes care of pure bred dingoes, emus and kangaroos. Although it is not open to the public, private tour or black cockatoo/ dingo encounters can be organised by contacting the friendly volunteers at Kaarakin.

Swan Valley

The Swan Valley is located North of Perth and boasts a wide array of activities. There, you can visit chocolate factories, visit wineries, discover a wildlife park and much more. The Swan Valley has two popular trails, from the groundbreaking Cider and Ale Trail to the Sweet Temptation Trails. Both trails encompasses the best places of the Swan Valley. Both maps can be found on the Swan Valley website. If you have children or desire to see koalas and kangaroos up close, then head to Caversham Wildlife. Caversham Widlife Park is also located in a beautiful park called Whiteman Park, where you can also visit a train museum and take a ride aboard a vintage train.

Whether you have a day or several to spend in Perth, the city will keep you occupied until the start or the end of your trip self-drive trip in Western Australia!




Tanami Track Itinerary

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Tanami Track Itinerary: What you need to know about the Tanami Track

The Tanami Road (aka Tanami Track) is an old stock route running over 1,000 kms through the Tanami Desert between Halls Creek in WA and Alice Springs in the NT.

Tanami Track Map

Travelers will need to be completely self sufficient during the drive as water, fuel and food stops along the route are scarce and supply can be unreliable.
It is strongly recommended that additional fuel containers are filled and taken when traveling this route.
It is vital enough drinking water is taken to last the full distance, plus an additional 20% in case of emergency. There are bore water tanks along the route, however the may be dry or likely to contain unpotable water (unsafe for drinking).

There are no designated campsites along the Tanami Track, it is simply a matter of finding a suitable place to set up camp.
The scrub consists of salt bushes and spinifex, so it can be difficult to find a clear area. Often bore tanks or roadhouse locations provide the best places to spend the night.

The road condition along the Tanami is unpredicatble and changes with every wet season. The roads are graded and there may be areas of heavy corrugations.
Road trains and large trucks travel along the Tanami Road when transporting goods to remote communities and operational mines. As on all dirt roads, it is good practice to move to the far left side of the road and slow your speed right down – even coming to a complete stop if the oncoming traffic is a road train or truck carrying an oversized / wide load. This prevents kicking up dust which impares visibility for the oncoming traffic, and minimises the chance of stones breaking windows.

Tanami Track Map

Tanami Track Itinerary: FUEL STOPS
168km from Halls Creek – 885km from Alice Springs
7am-12noon & 2pm-4pm Mon to Fri
9am – 11am Sat

246 km from Halls Creek – 807km from Alice Springs
Note:      Balgo is approximately 35km off Tanami Rd
Must call (08) 9168 8900 prior to entry
9am – 12noon & 2pm-4pm Mon to Fri
9am – 12noon Sat

754km from Halls Creek – 299km from Alice Springs
Note: Unreliable – be prepared for no fuel available.
8.30am – 1pm & 2pm – 5pm Mon to Fri
9.30am – 12noon Sat & Sun

Tilmouth Roadhouse
854km from Halls Creek – 199km from Alice Springs
7am – 9pm 7 days per week

Rabbit Flat Roadhouse – PERMANENTLY CLOSED from December 31st 2010.
Only souvenir sales and weather reporting still in operation.

Halls Creek Visitors Information Centre
71 Thomas St
Halls Creek
Ph (08) 9168 6007

Halls Creek Police Station
Lot 68 Great Northern Highway
Halls Creek WA 6770
Ph (08) 9168 9777

Alice Springs Visitors Information Centre
60 Gregory Terrace
Alice Springs
Ph: (08) 8952 5800

Alice Springs Police Station
17 Bath St
Alice Springs NT 0870
Ph (08) 8951 8822

Useful Links

This information was correct at the time of writing – March 2017.
This Tanami Track Itinerary is to be used as a guide only and we strongly recommend you independently verify all the information relating to fuel, water, trading hours and road conditions to obtain accurate information for your dates of travel.

El Questro Wilderness Park

Gibb River Road 4WD Hire

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Hire a 4WD to travel on the Gibb River Road

Crikey Campers hire powerful Toyota LandCruiser 4WD’s paired with an Off Road Camper Trailer. Contrary to motor homes, our Crikey Camper 4WD Camper package can be taken fully off-road such as on the popular Gibb River Road.

The Gibb River Road is an adventure for some and more precisely a trip of a lifetime for others! You will be experiencing new and unfamiliar territory and explore of the last pristine regions of Australia. When comparing 4WD Self-drive products it is important that the equipment, standard specifications, fees and charges and suitability of the product hired for your trip is considered. Dig a little deeper than a simple online search and you will find that a Crikey Camper package is a unique product that has been designed to offer the outback traveler a safe and comfortable experience. You can find how we compare on this page.

Crikey Campers only hire Toyota 200 Series LandCruiser 4WD’s paired with a robust camper trailer made locally here in Perth, Western Australia. This 4WD and Safari Camper package is fully equipped for your trip on the Gibb River Road and comes with 3 interchangeable spare tyres.

Space is not an issue in our Crikey 4WD Camper. Luggage and load space can often be under-estimated while looking for a 4WD hire. Bedding, tents, water, cooking facilities, food, refrigeration, tools and recovery equipment and on average up to 60 litres of personal luggage per person need to be accounted for. Therefore, it becomes challenging for more than 2 people to travel in a single 4WD 4 door wagon. Due to its unique concept, the Crikey Camper package offers over 400 litres of storage independent of the vehicle! You can find out more about the storage on this page.

Contact us today by phone or email to find out more!




4WD and Safari Camper package: What to pack?

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How much space do I have?

A lot! Yes, that’s true! Compared to other 4WD Camper providers, our 4WD and Safari Camper package is generous in space. This set up is one of the safest you will find in Australia, as it allows to spread the weight evenly.

How much space in the 4WD?

  • There is some free space at the back of the 4WD which is usually good for storing your food.
  • There is also space on top of the 4WD (on the roof rack)

How much space in the Camper trailer?

  • There is some space left in the front pods (depending on how many chairs you need).
  • There are compartments and drawers available inside the camper trailer for your personal belongings.
  • Remember your beds remain made so that means less to worry about!
  • The kitchen comes fully equipped for your cooking needs.
  • No need to bring water as the camper trailer comes with an in-built water tank (165 L).
  • The camping table goes inside the camper trailer. Bags, personal items and food can also be stored on top of the table. Basically, the camper trailer has a squared space width of 1.2 m and a height of 44 cm available for storage (not including the camping table).

Have a look inside our 4WD and Safari Camper package with our 360 degree view

4WD 360 degree view

Safari Camper Trailer 360 degree view

What should I pack?

We always recommend to travel with soft bags as they are easy to store and don’t take too much space. As our package comes fully equipped, all you need to bring is your clothes and toiletries. We provide a complimentary linen package for hires over 15 days. Under 15 days, it is $100 charge.  At pick up, we will show you where the nearest supermarket is located for your shopping needs. See, it’s that simple to travel in a Crikey Campers!

What food should I buy?

Please visit our Meal Ideas blog article for more information on what kind of food is best to buy for a camping trip.

Meal Ideas

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Meal Ideas and tips when traveling on the Gibb River Road

It can be overwhelming to plan a trip, especially for the whole family! So here are our Crikey tips for meal ideas. When traveling to remote areas, it is important to carefully plan so that you do not run out. This is especially true for the Northern part of Australia and the centre of Australia.

What kind of food?

  • Dehydrated meals. They don’t take much room and only need water.
  • Cryovac the meat when possible at the butcher. It’s always recommended to leave the meat out of the pack for 10-15 min before starting cooking it.
  • Bag of rice
  • Pasta
  • Potatoes
  • Veg and fruits, salad bags
  • Canned vegetables
  • Tinned biscuits/ muesli bars/ nuts
  • Bread (freeze or buy and vary with oats)
  • Oil
  • Condiments (salt, pepper, flour, sauce)
  • Cheese for sandwiches/ dried Parmesan
  • Salami/ ham
  • Bottles of water for everyone (easy to refill at the back of the camper trailer!)
  • Long life milk
  • Pancake mix
  • Long life noodles
  • Golden syrup

How to pack?

  • As tight as possible. Make sure containers are tight as heavy corrugation can open containers.
  • You can run your fridge as a freezer and take food out as needed and let it defrost in time.
  • Always pack more than needed in the unlikely event of a breakdown when you are traveling in a remote area.




Lunch/ Dinner

Weekly meal planning

There are hundreds of meal planners on the internet. Good examples include:

Microsoft Office template

Family meal plan

Family meal plan

Where to buy?

Dusty Bar and Grill, Home Valley Station

Couples dining at the Dusty Bar & Grill, Home Valley Station

Food gets harder to buy in remote areas of Australia, notably the Kimberley region. If you are planning to travel on the Gibb River Road, don’t panic! Organization is key (especially for a large family) but there is also bread and milk available from roadhouses (subject to availability). There are also restaurants available at some stations. Remember, the more remote, the more expensive food will be.


Woolworth, Coles and butcher (The Butcher and his Knife)


Woolworth, IGA and butcher (Sampey Meats)

Imintji Roadhouse

Basic supplies available (Take Away, Coffee, Ice Cream’s, Cold Drinks, Grocery Items). Find out more on their website.

Mt Barnett Roadhouse

Coffee (they do have an espresso machine!), ice coffee, milkshakes, smoothies and juices. Takeaway menu available from 8am – 3pm which includes bacon and egg rolls, fish and chips, homemade beef burgers, hot chips and freshly made sandwiches and wraps. They also offer a wide variety of groceries such as fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, dry stores and nibbles such as cheese and dips. You can find out more on their Facebook page.

Drysdale Station

They offer a small general store, fuel, accommodation, camping, licensed dinning room with evening meals and breakfast, a licensed bar and beer garden. You can find out more on their website.


The Kalumburu Mission Store sells a range of take-away and grocery items as well as fuel. The perfect place to stop for an ice-cream or milkshake on a hot day! Find out more on the Derby Tourism website and the Kalumburu Mission’s website.

El Questro

Essential groceries, cold drinks and snacks as well as a good range of essential groceries such as breakfast items, fruit & veg, frozen meats and gourmet deli items. There is also a coffeeshop with a large selection of cakes. They also sell postcards, maps and atlases, stamps, sun screen, insect repellent, toiletries, batteries and other necessities you may need away from home. El Questro also offers three restaurants. You can find out more on their website.

Home Valley Station

Dine at the famous Dusty Bar & Grill or shop at their small station store.


There is a supermarket and a butcher. You can find out more here.


There is a Coles supermarket.

Quarantine when entering WA

Specific quarantine rules apply when entering Western Australia. Essentially no fresh veg or fruits, or honey. Please visit: https://www.agric.wa.gov.au/importing-animals/quarantine-wa-border-checkpoints?nopaging=1


Best time to travel the Gibb River Road

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What is the best time to travel the Gibb River Road?

Temperatures in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions range from under 5 to over 4o degrees Celsius.

Bell Gorge

Bell Gorge in the King Leopold Ranges Conservation Park

Winter Season: May to October know as the Dry Season

  • Most popular time to visit
  • Warm days
  • Cool clear nights
  • Perfect for sightseeing

Summer Season: November to April known as the Wet Season

  • Fewer crowds
  • Hot days
  • The rain starts to be heavy after Christmas
  • Bird and wildlife in abundance
  • Spectacular lightening shows and waterfalls
  • Most tours, attractions and roads cannot be accessed!!!

Our recommendations

July is the peak season with the first two weeks being the most popular time to travel in the Kimberley. If you are not restricted to school holidays, Crikey Camper Hire recommends to travel during the months of May and June. The advantages are as follow:

  • More water in the waterfalls and swimming holes
  • Less crowded
  • Roads are in better conditions
  • Mitchell Falls Plateau might be easier to reach

We recommend to book at least a year in advance in order to secure your preferred travel dates and direction of travel.



4WD Camper Hire Perth

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Hire a 4WD Camper in Perth and explore Western Australia

Crikey Campers hire 4WD’s paired with an off-road camper trailer or caravan to suit your preferred style of adventure.

Those packages come fully equipped for your camping needs. All you need to do is pack your personal items and food! If you are chasing an adventure of a lifetime, then the 4WD and Safari Camper package is for you. This package can be taken off-road and can travel between our Perth, Broome and Darwin depots.

Our 4WD’s and caravan packages offer added comfort and convenience. While the 4WD can be taken off-road, the caravan needs to stay on sealed road. It is a great package if you are staying in a caravan park or resort, as you can leave your accommodation behind and explore during the day with your 4WD. Those packages can be hired from and to Perth only.

Many attractions in Western Australia are only accessible via dirt roads. Many motorhome (campervan) companies do not allow off-road access. It is therefore important to make the right choice of vehicle when you are researching your transport options!


Permits for Aboriginal Lands

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All you need to know about which permits and passes you need to visit certain places in WA and NT

El Questro Wilderness Park

Most permits for access to aboriginal land is provided by the Aboriginal Land Trust of WA. Applications can be made online at www.dia.wa.gov.au.

Cape Leveque/ Dampier Peninsula

It is often best to contact the Broome Visitor Centre for more up to date information and bookings. You can contact the visitor centre on (08) 9192 2222. No Permit is needed to drive on the Cape Leveque road from Broome. However, you will need to book accommodation or pay an entry pass to access the Cape Leveque area. Other communities on the way to Cape Leveque, along the Dampier Peninsula, require an entrance fee, which can be paid at their community offices. The Broome Visitor Centre sells a little book on the Dampier Peninsula that gives you a lot of information prior to visiting.

Millstream Chichester National Park

A permit to travel on rail access roads is required from Rio Tinto. This can be done at the Karratha or Tom Price Visitor Centre. You can also do it online at http://www.pilbararailaccessroad.riotinto.com.

Mitchell Plateau (including Mitchell Falls)

2018 brings new changes for the Mitchell Falls Plateau. The pass is called Ngauwudu Road Zone pass.

“All visitors – arriving by road, sea and air – can purchase a pass giving them permission to access more than 50 places to experience and enjoy the culture and natural wonders” of the land owned by the Wunambal Gaambera people. It is important to purchase and print the pass in advance as there is no public internet/phone access on Wunambal Gaambera Country. You can purchase your pass here http://www.wunambalgaambera.org.au/uvp-landing-page. The price is due to change in 2019 and it is best is to visit the website for an accurate price.


2 Permits are required to visit this community:

  • The first one is available via www.dia.wa.gov.au (this is free). This permit only allows you to enter the reserve.
  • Once inside the reserve, you will need to purchase a pass. Permits can be obtained at a cost of $50 (inc gst) per vehicle. A permit must be obtained and displayed for each vehicle accessing Kalumburu Township, Lands and Leaseholds. You can purchase your permit on arrival into the community via the Community Resource Centre or the Uraro Store.

Great Central Road

Permits for the Great Central Road can be obtained on www.dia.wa.gov.au. You can also find more information here: https://www.ngaanyatjarra.org.au/permits/getting-permit

Steep Point

An entry fee applies to all vehicles except for Parks and Wildlife Service Park Pass holders and camping fees apply for overnight stays.
Payment is by credit card over the phone (VISA or Mastercard). You can find the online form at http://www.steeppoint.com.au/
Please note you must lower your tyre pressures to 20 psi when you come to the first sand dunes, and you will need to put them back to your normal dirt road pressures when you exit.

Western Australia park passes

Fees apply for vehicle entry to a number of parks and reserves in Western Australia. You can find more information here https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/know/park-entry-fees. Passes can be purchased online here https://shop.dbca.wa.gov.au/

Northern Territory park passes

All visitors to Kakadu National Park and Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park require a park pass. Most other national parks in the NT do not have an entry fee and only charge for camping. The Mereenie Loop is the unsealed section of the Red Centre Way located between Kings Canyon Resort and the Larapinta Drive / Namatjira Drive intersection. You will require a permit to drive on this road. From 2017, you must obtain your Mereenie Loop Permit in person at the Central Land Council’s main office in Alice Springs. You can also contact the Alice Springs Visitor Centre for more details: http://www.discovercentralaustralia.com/visitor-information.

Arnehm land

To visit Arnhem Land you will need a permit from the Northern Land Council. Plan ahead and apply for a permit at least 10 days in advance at the Northern Land Council website: https://www.nlc.org.au/visiting-aboriginal-land

 Image courtesy: Tourism WA





Our Crikey 4WD and Safari Camper package compared to other providers

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Why Crikey Campers is the best?

There are a few essential things to consider before booking your 4WD for your Western Australian adventure. The Australian outback offers spectacular sceneries and incredible experiences. It is important to be well prepared before traveling in a remote area. This is why our Crikey 4WD & Safari Camper package has been especially designed for this type of adventure. All you need to pack is your food and clothes and off you go! No need to book extra items and to pay one-way fees or a Broome surcharge. It’s camping truly made easy! Find out our Crikey 4WD and Safari Camper package compares to other main providers.

4WD + Safari Camper Package

How many people? 4 5 5
Outback Ready
Spare Tyres 1 1 3
Bull Bar None None Yes
Recovery Kit Limited Limited Full kit + spare parts*
UHF Radio None None Yes
Gas 2 x 0.5 propane bottles 2 propane bottles 4Kg
Water Storage 15L 20L 160L
Fridge Storage 45L 40L 60L
Extra Features
Sat Phone/ PLB PLB PLB Sat phone is included
Table and chairs Extra Extra Included
GPS Extra Extra Included
Bedding Included Included Complimentary for hires
over 15 days
Unlimited Kms Extra Extra Included
Extra Driver Fees Extra Extra No fees
Credit Card Fees Extra Extra No fees
Broome Surcharge Extra Extra No surcharge
One-Way Fee Extra Extra No one-way fee
Children Friendly
 Child Restraints  Max 2  Max 2  Max 3
Child Seats Extra Extra Complimentary for hires
over 15 days
Comfort Zone
 Bed Layout  Roof top tent (2) + annex (2)  Roof top tent (2) + annex (3) or 2x tents Everyone sleeps off the
ground in comfort
 Transmission  Manual  Manual/ Auto  All Automatic
 Cooking Facility  No dedicated area  No dedicated area  Swing out kitchen
 Separate Accommodation From Vehicle  No  No  Yes
Storage Back of vehicle and
potentially roof rack
Back of vehicle and
potentially roof rack
Back of vehicle, roof rack,
pods of camper trailer and
inside compartments
Battery Limited Limited 4WD: Up to 3 days when idle and fridge is on. Camper trailer: Up to 3 weeks when using lights.
Hit The Road
Road Permission Need written permission for
places such as Gibb River Road. No access to Mitchell Falls plateau.
Need written permission for
places such as Gibb River Road
Limited travel restrictions. Gibb River Road friendly.
Safety First
Features Airbag, ABS** Airbag, ABS** Airbag, ABS, BA, VSC, A-TRC, EBD,
Reversing camera**, weight spread
between 4WD and camper trailer
Standard Liability $8,000. Options to lower
liability down.
$8,000. Options to lower
liability down.
$6,000. Option to lower
it down.

* Please see our packing list for more information
** Varies depending on 200 Series LandCruiser supplied


This study was completed to the best of our knowledge on 15th December 2017.
There are many 4WD providers and we have only summarized two of the main providers, who also provide a variety of different products. Our aim is to show that it is important to make the right choice in terms of 4WD Campers for your trip. Please note, we are not affiliated with any of those unnamed competitors.




Staircase to the Moon 2018

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When and where is it possible to witness the Staircase to the Moon 2018?

Staircase to the Moon 2018

Staircase to the Moon across Roebuck Bay in Broome.

The Staircase to the Moon is a natural phenomenon created by the full moon reflecting off the exposed mudflats at extremely low tide and creating a beautiful optical illusion of stairs reaching the moon.

The coastline of Onslow, Dampier, Point Samson, Hearson Cove, Cossack, Port Hedland and Broome are the places were you can observe the Staircase to the Moon.

Between March and October, the Staircase to the Moon happens 3 times a month. Time may vary depending on where you are and it would be best to check with your local visitor centre.

Staircase to the moon 2018 dates and time can be found below:

April 2018
Sunday 1 April 18.40
Monday 2 April 19.21
Tuesday 3 April 20.04
Monday 30 April 17.58
May 2018
Tuesday 1 May 18.40
Wednesday 2 May 19.24
Wednesday 30 May 18.05
June 2018
Friday 1 June 19.40
Friday 29 June 18.24
Saturday 30 June 19.13
July 2018
Sunday 1 July 20.03
Saturday 28 July 18.00
Sunday 29 July 18.49
Monday 30 July 19.39
August 2018
Monday 27 August 18.25
Tuesday 28 August 19.15
Wednesday 29 August 20.05
September 2018
Tuesday 25 September 18.01
Wednesday 26 September 18.52
Thursday 27 September 19.45
October 2018
Thursday 25 October 18.31
Friday 26 October 19.28

Source: Broome Visitor Centre www.visitbroome.com.au

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