Essentials for big trips

Gday legends I’m doing a big trip in August on the road for a month going to Karijini-Exmouth-coral bay-quobba-Denham-Dirk hartog and need some help in essentials and other bits that would be handy and make life easier for me and the misses I have loads of 4wd experience but haven’t done a massive trip like this before so anything thing you can name from camping gear to fishing gear etc would be great  obviously I will be bringing spare car bits bearings hoses for just in case 


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Fly nets and bushmans  

Wed, 2019-06-12 17:36

Fly nets and bushmans  


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Small inflatable

Wed, 2019-06-12 18:14

 Small inflatable dinghy with 5 hp outboard, I had one on a similar trip with the family.  I would take out one of the kids for a morning session and one out for an arvo session out in the moorings at Denham, weather was incredible good tides etc. Obviously we had all the safety gear including epirb. Over the course of a week we caught a lot of fish including pink and black snapper, bluebone, big cobia, mulloway, school and spanish mackerel, school sharks, squid. All 500 metres from shore. Still one of the best weeks fishing in my time and even better to share with kids who where quite young. Secret was plenty of berly (whiting heads) fishing floating baits and having a baited outfit in the boat ready when the bigger fish entered the berly trail as anything in the water would be grabbed by a 450 mm snapper instantly.

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Sorry should have mentioned

Wed, 2019-06-12 18:20

Sorry should have mentioned I’ll have my tinny with me dude which I’m amped to get out in and don’t worry Sammy that’s literally on the top of the list hahah  


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 a must would be at least 2

Wed, 2019-06-12 18:54

 a must would be at least 2 spare wheels and a puncture repair kit. spare fuel and plenty of water, in saying that its probably a no brainer


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It really depends on how long

Wed, 2019-06-12 19:19

It really depends on how long you are intending on spending at each spot... long stays are easy, but everyone soon gets sick of packing up a big camp each day...

My suggestions for short(ish) stays at each spot would be:


1) Have a large full sandfly proof (sealed walls floor and roof) dome type tent to sit in and place food in just in case of flys and sandflys (but also to make it harder for dingos, emus and backpackers to steal food and drinks)

2) make up tubs to store all of the cooking gear and cutlery, spares, 12v lights / cords etc  (I use ’Nally’ brand fish tubs that I can stand on and have lasted for about 15 years so far and still look like new). There is nothing worse than doing dozens of trips back and forward to the car with handfuls of loosely packed items!!

3) use free standing swags with sandfly proof mesh, or a swag in a full mesh dome tent, or a canvas touring tent without the need of a fly - essentially something that is but proof and quick to put up and pack away.

4) pre-cook a few meals for when you arrive late or can’t be bothered cooking

5) a rod and reel with a chrome twisty attached and cable tied (or Velcro-strapped) to the cars internal hand holds is great for quick stops without needing to find the tackle box etc..

6) a butane cooker is all you really need for cooking

7) pack wetsuits and inflatable tubes for Karijini



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Thu, 2019-06-13 06:59

 Good swag as the nights are  going to be cold around that time of the year specially inland. A gas stove, engel or good quality ice box that will hold ice for 4-5 days minimum, a lighter for the stove [brings back memories where a mate and I went fishing down south for the first time in 2 years, when it came to lighting the fire, where's your lighter? Gave up smoking 12 months ago same answer from both of us, so bit of petrol soaked rag and 2 wires from battery to set it off]

Plenty of sinkers as you will need them 

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yeah, heaps fo

Thu, 2019-06-13 09:23

yeah, heaps fo sinkers....bring a "pacifier"  for anything with teeth, no fun them flapping aorund in the tinny!

in case its not obvious, snorkel gear and if u have a go pro definitely worth it with a head strap.

oh, and depending on you phone service, get a prepaid card for exmouyth/coral bay sorted BEFORE you leave. im with vodafone, and tryoing to activate a card when i was up there was a pain in the butt!

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Thu, 2019-06-13 12:22

 Go with Telstra, most of the other networks don't exist or have minimal coverage

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 For KarijiniA small dry bag

Thu, 2019-06-13 11:14

 For Karijini

A small dry bag for car keys and phones.  Chuck that in  a bigger dry bag with Towel, snacks and water.  When sealed properly they act as a flotation device for you both to hang onto in the deeper sections.  

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Thu, 2019-06-13 12:55

Throw net.


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 Thanks guys much appreciated

Thu, 2019-06-13 13:27

 Thanks guys much appreciated all added to the list car will be fairly set up with solar awnings everything should need to be self sufficient and white lighting that is a great idea will definitely be doing this I’m with Telstra already for when I go shooting I got sick of vodaphonr 


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A Webber type kettle and a

Fri, 2019-06-14 13:48

A Webber type kettle and a bag of heat beads. Can cook anything and generally start cooking straight away, unlike a camp fire where you have to wait for it to settle down before cooking. Small ones take up no room and there’s more energy in a bag of heat beads than in a gas bottle. 

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Small Bolt Cutters

Fri, 2019-06-14 15:30

If that big hook goes in and you are a long way from help, you want to cut that bast$%d off and push it out. Normal pliers normally won't do