The wide open spaces and warm climate of the regions make them ideal destinations for caravan and camping holidays. However, some roads are not suitable for towing a caravan and there are camping restrictions in certain areas. Contact the local visitor centres for details.
You are advised to follow some simple health and safety tips while travelling in your caravan and camping:
Take breaks! Coral Coast has long stretches of road, so be sure to stop for regular breaks. The maximum speed limit is 110 kilometres per hour on the open road and 50 kilometres per hour in built-up areas. Take note of the speed limit signs along your journey.
Be prepared: Make sure your vehicle is in top condition before you set out. Food and fuel are generally available every 100 – 300 kilometres along the main highway, so be sure to plan ahead. Please note that LPG Autogas is not available in all regional areas. Some areas of Australia’s Coral Coast are remote, so if you plan to explore off-road, ensure you are well prepared with a first aid kit and a spare tyre.
If your vehicle breaks down or becomes bogged, stay with the vehicle. A car is easier to spot in the event of a search.
Road conditions: Never drive tired – fatigue kills. Heavy rainfall can make some roads and tracks impassable, so check road conditions before departure with local shire offices or Main Roads WA. Some roads are unsealed, so beware of loose gravel and dust obscuring your vision. A reminder that if you have hired a car, most two-wheel hire cars cannot enter unsealed roads due to insurance.
Driving restrictions: Please note it is illegal to drive in Australia with a blood alcohol reading over 0.05. A zero tolerance policy applies to probationary and learner drivers. It is also illegal for drivers to use a hand-held phone while driving. Heavy penalties apply.
Animals on the road: Be wary of animals on or near the road. Kangaroos are prevalent, especially in the early morning and evening. Emus are unpredictable and often travel in groups. Livestock occasionally ventures onto roads at night and can be hard to see.
Other road users: Be mindful of other road users, particularly large trucks with up to four trailers attached. Always leave at least 200 metres between vehicles in a convoy to allow large trucks to pass and only overtake if the road is clear and visible for at least one kilometre ahead. If towing do not exceed 90 kilometres per hour.
Be fire aware: Limit the use of open fire and be aware of fire bans, generally, this is during Summer. Only build fires in the pits provided and take care to completely extinguish the flame with water when finished.