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Old 05-04-2019, 10:49:48 AM
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I watch Out Back Truckers. Mainly to see the land down there. In some ways it is like Texas. You don't want to have problems in the bush. I understand it is a tv show made for tv. But is it really that bad in some spots. Some spots you could wait days for help. Some roads during the rainy season. You need luck to get down. I would love to come down there for a visit.
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I watch Out Back Truckers. Mainly to see the land down there. In some ways it is like Texas. You don't want to have problems in the bush. I understand it is a tv show made for tv. But is it really that bad in some spots. Some spots you could wait days for help. Some roads during the rainy season. You need luck to get down. I would love to come down there for a visit.
You'd only be stranded life threateningly on some of the REALLY remote roads. Even towns famously considered "outback" usually have sealed roads in with at the very least a few vehicles a day travelling.

During "the wet" gravel roads can and do often turn into quagmires, and sealed highways do too if there's enough cyclonic rain.
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You'd only be stranded life threateningly on some of the REALLY remote roads.
And if your well prepared (ie telling someone your itinerary) your life is never threatened.
On those outback trucker shows a lot is put on. Have you ever seen the sound man grab a shovel and help?
But if you want to wander about aimlessly then the biggest thing to watch out for is the bloke from Wolf Creek and drop bears.

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Old 05-04-2019, 06:17:31 PM
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I think Billy the answer would be yes in some of the remote areas.'wet season' driving in some locations means closing some roads by municipalities at their starting point.
Think of Texas being the size of the lower 48.Population is mostly confined to our coastal regions,mostly East Coast and Southern corners.Every now and then we register another tragedy in outback locations,where an unprepared visitor will be stranded on an outback dirt road without adequate water.High temps and very little traffic means dehydration and disaster within a fairly short time.
I have a friend who was doing some of that kind of general freight and some specialised haulage into very remote places here.He has a ton of photos of impassable wet dirt road,removing excavator which was his freight from the float to pull his truck out of a bog.
About 40 years ago I spent a few months with the local shooter between White Cliffs and Tibooburra.We got stuck on a dry creek on the main dirt road between those two.We were there a day and a half before another vehicle arrived.Its not considered super remote.I see a few years back I visited there again and the dry creeks have bitumen crossings now.A 'soldier settlers' block in that part of the country was around 200,000 acres,carrying around 13,000 sheep at peak numbers.My friend the shooter had about 5 such properties as his territory.
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Sounds like my kind of place!
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I don't know, my brother is a water driller and that show is a watered down version of his daily life trying to get here and there. https://youtu.be/XSw4dmCMbQU
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Billy J, All of those TV shows follow the same theme. The've got to have drama in them . All set up for the show.Wouldn't mind betting they're all made by the same company. All full of bull...t, but with some interesting bits to make you keep watching. Like the pickers going to a place they've never been before and knocking on the door,and their cameraman is already inside filming!--- Jeez, Do they think we don't notice things like that!--- Met a few Texans in my life, all seem nice friendly people. Seem to like the same things we do. Similar lifestyle I guess.
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Billy J, All of those TV shows follow the same theme. The've got to have drama in them . All set up for the show.Wouldn't mind betting they're all made by the same company. All full of bull...t, but with some interesting bits to make you keep watching. Like the pickers going to a place they've never been before and knocking on the door,and their cameraman is already inside filming!--- Jeez, Do they think we don't notice things like that!--- Met a few Texans in my life, all seem nice friendly people. Seem to like the same things we do. Similar lifestyle I guess.
Most accurate documentary would be russell coights all aussie adventures. If troy dann did nothing else at least he inspired this show to be made.
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Hi All , to our USA mates, I have traveled round the White Cliffs - Tibooburra area a bit, and can say the country there is very much like the Canyon De Chelly to Hollbrook and south area in Arizona. Just no towns or bitumen roads and the only traffic would be local farmers and they are very few and extremely far between. Your neighbour could be up to 50 miles away and virtually NO TOURISTS on that road in Oz t all.
Cheers John ( ps, I just love Arizona especially around Sedona )
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Yes All Aussie Adventures is worth a watch.People here are quite often more intrigued by watching the ice road truckers!

Some time in the 90's I met a chef from San Francisco.I was hanging around with a nameless bunch of drunks which was where we met."Jeff the Chef" he was dubbed,and we made a plan to go near White Cliffs on a 'bit of a drive' to experience a meal of the local yabbies(type of local craw-dad) up that way,just enjoy a drive.Just on dusk there was an explosion of feathers and the hood rose up about a foot,just 20 miles from our destination.An emu made a risky high speed crossing and punched the front of my old truck.We had left the bitumen road behind for the dirt about 4 hours earlier.
As soon as we had rolled to a stop Jeff was out collecting wood for a signal fire,which I thought was pretty funny.He had no idea that we were only a few hours of walking to the homestead of the place I wanted to spend the night on.The impact had split the housing of my water pump,and slotted the top tank of the radiator with the fan blade.I carried a spare water pump,knowing the risk in that country,so I fitted it.I tried all sorts of ideas to fix the radiator but had no faith in any.Jeff pleaded with me to let him try some Pizza dough,to make it like a putty were he was sure it would cook and plug the massive slot underneath the top tank.Jeff had never owned a motor car,so according to me he wouldn't be much help providing a solution to the water problem.
I relented thinking we had nothing to lose by trying.He handed me his favourite mix and I put it in by the handful,then left the radiator cap loose.Not long afterwards we were driving again ok,and were soon at the station homestead where we wanted to be.The farmer on that block had some better two pack putty that we redid the plug with.and after meeting with some more friends of Bill W in Broken Hill,we were gifted a second hand radiator that would fit.We went south from there to Kangaroo island just for the ferry trip and the drive.
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