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Overlanders

Overlander Overview

Traditionally, before and often after each Federal Rally, each state branch runs at least one Overlander leaving a week or so before the rally and travelling through our amazing country. Stopping at unique places, staying in unusual accommodation, traveling back-roads, checking out the wildlife, and most importantly catching up over a relaxing meal with friends at the end of each day.  
 

Overlander No.1  - WA & SA to Federal Rally - 25th to 29th April

Overlander No.2 - NSW to Federal Rally - 23rd to 29th April
 

Weather in Australia 

We will let you know what to expect closer to the event.
* Average day time temp in APRIL in the mountains is 17C / 63F
* Average night time temp in APRIL in the mountains is 9C / 48F

* Average day time temp in MAY in the mountains is 13C / 55F
* Average night time temp in MAY in the mountains is 6C / 43F

Preparation

The Australian Outback can be unforgiving and often people underestimate the vast distances between, well, just about everything. Preparation is vitally important.

Service your vehicle
About three to four weeks before you go, have your vehicle professionally serviced. Why 3-4 weeks? It gives you time to be able to fix anything that might need fixing, your mechanic to order in spares, and you to save the extra money you might need for repairs.

Specific Preparation for Outback Travel (things you can do yourself)

  • Check and tighten any screw, bolt and nut which is not done up properly. Many outback roads are renown for screw-loosening corrugations. - Check for loose fittings regularly whilst travelling

  • Make sure your car’s exhaust system is adequately attached to the vehicle body or chassis to support it under severe conditions.

  • Check your suspension and replace shock absorbers if worn or leaking. This is one area of your vehicle that gets a beating – ignore it at your peril!

  • Make sure all lights are functioning.

  • Get a workshop manual for your vehicle, either in paper form or digitally so you can view it on an iPad or similar. 


Spare Parts - It’s easy to get carried away trying to take every spare part you can think of.

A good rule of thumb is to consider the age of your vehicle, and what might or might not have been changed over recently. Then, take into account what you can reasonably carry. Our suggestions for spare parts to take with you are:

  • Fan, alternator and air conditioner belts (note: some of these may be just one belt these days).

  • Spare fuses, some extra wiring, extra light bulbs and insulating tape.

  • Radiator hoses, depending on how old your car is, might be a good idea.

  • A length of heater hose (1m), some ring clamps and an assortment of bolts, nuts and washers.

  • Plastic cable ties and a bit of tie wire are always a good idea so you can make a temporary fix.

  • Fuel, oil and air filters (if your vehicle has been serviced just before you go, these won’t be necessary, BUT if you’re on a long trip and need to get your vehicle serviced whilst travelling, carrying these may save your time and money).

  • Engine oil, maybe some brake and transmission fluids if you’re in an older vehicle.

  • Glue, e.g. Araldite, and WD40 or equivalent

  • Duct tape. Do not leave home without it!


Love Your Tyres

  • Punctures and flats are part of life in the outback, so it goes without saying that you should be able to change a tyre before you go.

  • If you don’t know how to change a tyre, learn! You Tube or an experienced friend are the places to start, then practice in your driveway.

  • Check all tyres and tyre pressures and always carry two spare tyres if you can.

  • Ensure your tyres are in good condition and if not replace them. 

  • A tyre pressure gauge is a must have.

  • It’s not often a tyre valve lets you down but carrying a couple of spare tyre valves and caps might get you out of a bind.

  • Make sure you are carrying the right wheel brace, hydraulic jack and a base plate in case you need something to support the jack in soft ground or sand. If you don’t have a metal, wood or plastic base plate, GET ONE.

Other Suggested Items

  • Water

  • Torch

  • A good quality first aid kit

  • Tools: spanners, sockets, pliers, wrenches and screwdrivers to fit your vehicle.

  • Telstra has the widest mobile phone coverage covering most of Australia, but it does not cover everywhere.

  • Blanket

A vehicle prep checklist so you can tick the boxes

  • Check all hoses

  • Check all drive belts and replace if necessary

  • Check wheel bearings

  • Check suspension, springs, coils, shockers

  • Replace all oils, filters and air filter

  • Check radiator and hoses for leaks

  • Grease tail-shaft

  • Check brake pads and fluid level

  • Check battery levels and ensure electrical system is 100%

  • Check wiper blades

  • Check bolts, nuts and any other fasteners to ensure everything is tightened as required

  • Check your tyres, pressure and if you have the space consider a second spare

  • Check your jack and wheel brace

  • Check spotlights or driving lights for proper function and aim

  • Check first aid kit

  • Familiarise yourself with all equipment and KNOW how to use it


We hope this helps, remember these are only suggestions but they will help you to form your own ideas about what you need to do to prep your vehicle for a fabulous trip.