zivojan wrote:My questions is how safe is it? can you just go off the road for like 50 meters or so and put up your tent for the night? Is this allowed? and what about animals like dingo's? Are they a tread or harmless?
Hello Jan. What a fantastic trip that must be. I have chronic dreams of riding from Perth to Darwin myself, so it is much the same kind of questions albeit in reverse.
I have done the ride from Perth - Augusta - Albany around the coast in 2001, and then Perth - Bridgetown - Albany in 2002. One difference between the Darwin - Perth and the Perth - Albany rides is the distance between towns, as you have calculated. In the South-West (PER-ALB) there seems an average of around 25-30km, whereas Up North (DRW-PER) I would guess, having never been north of Geraldton, that it is around ten times that distance bwtween towns.
I found it most practical over that first trip of forty-two days and the second trip of four(4) days to spend every second night in The Bush, with a little gas burner and a pan to cook my canned meals, and every other night in a caravan park, to take a couple of showers on arrival and departure, and get a good counter meal at the local pub to build up the calories and vitamins.
I was not in any rush the first trip, so only averaged around 50km per day. From Darwin to Perth you will need to push it to make a town every second night, and likely be camping in The Bush for a few nights in a row. As Hunch mentioned, you'll be needing a good lot of water between towns. A 10l container bolted to the rear of the frame with a little tap on the back is what I used for water, and you might want to question whether 10l is enough for your itinery. Maybe two water tanks, one either side of the back wheel to carry 20 litres would be necessary. I have not travelled that route so maybe there are lots of road stations dotted along the highway and water is easier to obtain than I imagine. Must check this one and make sure you've got a good tank for elegant sufficiency.
Wild animals? Hunch mentioned crocodiles, and I'll add snakes to that warning. In the South-West, there are two main venomous snakes: dugites and tiger-snakes. Dugites are not aggressive and I have found that just making a lot of noise and talking loudly to myself whenever I head off the highway seems to have been enough to warn the dugites to shither off. Dugites are wary of us humans. Tiger snakes are not. They have been known to attack without deliberate provocation, although I have stepped over a couple down along the south coast on cooler days and not been attacked. Lucky I guess.
The snakes Up North are different species. I don't know them very well, but the King Brown is famous, and is a big long black snake like a giant dugite, apparently quite nasty. What seems to be a reasonable rule of thumb for camping in The Bush when there are snakes is to make sure to camp well away from water. This is especially true for tiger snakes, because tiger snakes like frogs, and frogs like water. If you can hear frogs croaking at night where you are camped, then you camped too close to a swamp or some water source. Look for high ground to camp, because water flows to the valleys, and frogs like water, and snakes like frogs.
The last thing which I feel obliged to warn you of without discouraging you from this magnificent endeavour is the most dangerous biological hazard known to man - man. Firfty metres from the highway is a good place to camp, especially if it is behind a grove of trees or a hill. I noticed this quite regularly at night in The Bush in 2001 and people are a lot more angry and dangerous in 2018 than they were when we were young, Jan. When one is camped in middle of nowhere, possible out of mobile range, without a motor-vehicle and without a firearm, one is a sitting duck. Whenever I camped in The Bush in 2001, I made sure to get far enough away from the highway to be completely out of sight from that highway. It helped me sleep at night, and even then, there were occasional friendly disturbances. Lucky again.
Make sure to tell trusted people where you are as much as possible, and a CDMA phone (if that is still the correct acronym) to keep in contact with civilisation at all times would be a wise idea. Most Australians are friendly and helpful in the country, but take some precautions where you camp, so that you can be as invisible to passers by as possible when you are sleeping.
I look forward to viewing the photos throughout this expedition. Good Luck!