Whenever planning a trip to Australia, you should do some research into all the possible scenarios you may find yourself in, including natural disasters. While natural disasters are unlikely, the two main natural disasters that may affect travellers in Australia are bush fires and floods. For campers travelling in a campervan or motorhome, it’s helpful to know how to navigate these situations. In the unlikely event that someone faces a bush fire or flood, this guide can help.
Before embarking on your trip, you should make efforts to plan ahead. Summers in Australia reach high temperatures, making the landscape dry, and occasionally leading to bush fires. Flooding also occurs in the spring and summer months in Australia, particularly in Queensland. Most bush fires and flooding happen between the months of November and April each year. If your visit to Australia is during these months, it can be a good idea to prepare for these unlikely natural events. This precaution allows you to have peace of mind and comfort as you enjoy your holiday.
When planning a trip to Australia, you can choose to avoid areas that are historically prone to these natural disasters. Additionally, check weather forecasts for the upcoming days of your trip. The most reliable source with up to date weather information is the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.
Both before and during your trip, you can keep an eye out for bush fire alerts, flood alerts, and road closures. The Australian government is excellent at providing people with notice so they can alter their travel routes away from bush fires or floods. ABC Emergency Facebook Page provides national emergency alerts.
State Specific Emergency Alert Resources:
Queensland Rural Fire Service
It cannot be stressed enough if you’re a camper, you should be travelling with an emergency kit. This is good practice for the rare event of a natural disaster or any sort of minor accidents that may occur. Keep the kit with you at all times so you can grab it quickly if needed.
Once you’re on the road in your campervan or motorhome, there are a few simple rules and processes you should keep in mind.
Australia is a beautiful country that is best explored, driving from place to place in a campervan, taking in all the scenery. However, as is the case with any holiday, it’s essential to research before embarking on a trip. Travellers need to have a plan on the small probability of a natural disaster occurs during their trip. The benefits of a motorhome are that you can easily alter your vacation destinations, away from the danger. Unlike locked in hotel reservations that may be nonrefundable, a campervan trip offers flexibility in the face of surprises.