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Updates for Western Australia
West of Ravensthorpe the South Coast Highway  remains CLOSED between Cocanarup Road and Thomas Road due to bridge damage.  A detour of around 80 kilometres via Mount Madden has been set up, and includes some unsealed roads.
 
Updated 13th March 2017
 
 
Updates for the Northern Territory
Yes, conditions have changed quickly and Buley Rockhole and Florence Falls have recently been closed and re-opened several times due to water levels.
 
Superceded:  Updates from Litchfield National Park: As floodwaters have receded Buley Rockhole, Florence Falls and Upper Cascades are now open to swimming. Take care as conditions can change very quickly.
 
From Kakadu: With higher water levels, the Guluyambi Wet Season Tour and Cruise # is now running. This 5.5 hour tour gives you the rare opportunity to see the amazing Ubirr rock art site and its breathtaking surroundings in the wet season.
 
# An extremely popular wet-season service operates to Ubirr when the Magela Creek reaches a certain flood level preventing vehicular traffic to Ubirr.
 
During this period visitors are able to traverse the flooded Magela on the Guluyambi boats, down through the flooded paperbark forest out on to a majestic billabong where nesting crocodiles and sea eagles can be viewed before re-entering the paperbark forest on the far side of Magela where tour vehicles are waiting to take passengers on to Ubirr.
 
See Guluyambi Cultural Cruise wet season cruises for more details. For availablity and bookings please call them on 1800 525
 
The Tanami Road CLOSED between The Granites Mine and the Western Australian border due to flooding.
UPDATE:  Now OPEN for high clearance light vehicles only 8th March 2017.   
 
Other main roads CLOSED as at 1st March 2017 include parts of the Buchanan Highway, the Ghan Heritage Road between Maryvale Road Intersection and Finke, Martin Road Mataranka (access to Bitter Springs) and Mataranka Homestead Road.  Opening times vary and during the wet season may be closed again at short notice.
 
Updated 23th March 2017
Western Australia Highway  UPDATES
North West Coast Highway Karratha to Port Hedland CAUTION water over road at various locations from 13th March 2017.
 
Great Northern Highway  RE-OPENED north of Warmun 8th March 2017. Following Tropical Cyclone Blanche, the Great Northern Highway  was closed on 7th March 2017 between Warmun and the Victoria Highway intersection due to flooding at Bow River Bridge with the followingCAUTION: Expect water over road, reduce speed and drive to conditions  Debris may be present in floodways and delays may be experienced between Halls Creek and Kununurra.
 
The Great Northern Highway was closed between Fitztroy Crossing andHalls Creek 10th March 2017 due to flooding and RE-OPENED with CAUTION 11th March 2017 afternoon.  Water on the road.
 
South Coast Highway CAUTION between Ravensthorpe and Munglinup due to flooding from 13th March 2017.  Speed limits and traffic management may apply.  Fence Road to Jerdacuttup Road has been CLOSED.  Detour via Jerdacuttup which includes unsealed roads. 
 
West of Ravensthorpe the South Coast Highway remains CLOSED between Cocanarup Road and Thomas Road due to bridge damage.  A detour of around 80 kilometres via Mount Madden is still current.
 
Updated 13th March 2017 
A new pet friendly camping option at Carnarvon Gorge, Queensland
This is great news for those travelling with pets.  A new station stay right on the edge for the National Park for visitors to Carnarvon Gorge; a pet friendly camping area which has kennels for your dog/s while you visit the Gorge. See more details here.
 
10th March 2017
Western Australia
With heavy rain progressing through the Pilbara, there are flood warnings, and cautions for water on roads.  Many roads and highways are subject to flooding, and have cautions and restrictions and may be closed.
 
Karijini National Park has been CLOSED.
 
TheGoldfields Highway is CLOSED between Meekatharra and Wiluna.
 
Leonora to Laverton Road is CLOSED
 
Roads around Marble Bar including the Ripon Hills Road, Nullagine to Marble Bar and Marble Bar to Port Hedland are CLOSEDNewman to Nullagine isCLOSED north of Newman.
 
In the Great Southern: Fence Road to Jerdacuttup Road has been CLOSED.  Detour via Jerdacuttup which includes unsealed roads. West of Ravensthorpe the South Coast Highway remains CLOSED between Cocanarup Road and Thomas Road due to bridge damage.  A detour of around 80 kilometres via Mount Madden is still current.
 
Updated 24th March 2017
Cyclone alert for Queensland
Update: This is now a cyclone named Debbie crossed the coast near Proserpine today, 28th March 2017, as a Category Four cyclone, with destructinve winds and torrential rain.  By evening, Debbie is a Category Two cyclone as it heads further inland.  Expect road closures.

A tropical low pressure system off the Queensland coast is expected to reach cyclone force during the day (25th March 2017), and is predicted to be a category 4 cyclone when it reaches to coast near Townsville, which is expected to be very early morning on Tuesday 28th March.  Take care or if travelling, move out of the area.
 
Updated 28th March 2017
South Coast Highway is OPEN 24th March 2017
While reconstruction of the Phillips River Bridge continues, a sealed bypass has been installed, reopening the highway, with speed restrictions.  This bridge was washed away during flooding on 11th February 2017. 
 
 
 Updated 28th March 2017
Cyclone Debbie and aftermath
Many roads remain closed following rain and winds from this severe cyclone. 
 
The rain bearing depression has now crossed into northern New South Wales and has resulted in very high rainfall, and compulsory evacuations. 
 
Travels should avoid these areas.
 
Updated 31st March 2017
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Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week 2017

As we head into cold days and nights and think about the comfort of heating, this week is Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week.  Time to check that appliances you are using at home are well maintained and operating safely. 

 

For those travelling, donít be tempted to use any unflued heating in your caravan or camper, nor ideas bandied around like an upturned flowerpot over a gas burner.  

 

In addition to having your indoor solid fuel or gas heater serviced, use a Carbon Monoxide alarm as an added defence. This is not a substitute unserviced heaters, or an excuse for using an outdoor form of heating indoors. 

 

Carbon Monoxide Awareness week, to be held from 1st to 7th May 2017. 

The aim of Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week is to raise awareness of carbon monoxide poisoning across Australia, and to advise on preventative measures that people can take to reduce the risk. 

 

TheChase and Tyler Foundation raises awareness of carbon monoxide poisoning in Australia.   

 

Some common products that can emit carbon monoxide when you use them are:

         Barbeques that use wood, charcoal or gas

         Fireplaces that use wood, charcoal or gas

        Portable cookers that use gas or kerosene

         Portable and/or outdoor heaters that use gas or kerosene

         Flued gas heaters (under certain conditions)

        Electrical generators that are diesel or petrol powered

         Electrical equipment that is diesel or petrol powered (such as pumps, chainsaws, blowers and welders).

 

Safety Tips

        Never use the above listed products inside the house or in areas that are not well ventilated, such as enclosed patios, garages and sheds, greenhouses, tents and caravans.

         If you have an indoor fuel heater, consider having it checked by a licensed professional at the start of winter to ensure it is not producing excess carbon monoxide.

        If you have a fireplace, ensure that the chimney has no blockages before you start using it.

        Similarly, if you have a wood heater ensure the exhaust vent pipe is free of blockages.

        If you are camping and need to use portable cookers, heaters and barbeques in a covered area (for example, if itís raining), make sure that the area is well ventilated.

         In an emergency situation or power blackout where you need to use items such as electrical generators and portable heaters, ensure that the area they are being used in is well ventilated. 

From Product Safety

 

At higher levels, carbon monoxide can kill within minutes.  Even if you get fresh air in time to save your life, carbon monoxide can cause strokes, heart attacks, memory loss and personality changes.  This brain damage is permanent. 

 

Carbon monoxide binds to haemoglobin in our blood in place of the needed oxygen, and does so in preference to the oxygen in the air.  This causes blood vessels of the body to leak, especially in the brain causing the brain to swell, leading to unconsciousness and neurological damage.

Source Carbon Monoxide Kills 

 

Despite the warnings, people die every year throughout the world due to accidental carbon monoxide poisoning.  Disability suffered by carbon monoxide poisoning survivors is rarely reported. 

 

April 2017:  News of another tragic death has emerged as his widow takes legal action against the taxi company.   30 year old Sandeep Singh Brar was driving his cab when he pulled over in Mont Albert in Melbourneís north to take a "power nap" with the engine running to keep warm on September 2, 2013.  The following day another driver was overcome by carbon monoxide fumes when driving the same cab.

 

February 2017: A shocking and tragic loss of young lives. German investigators say six teenagers who died of carbon monoxide poisoning at a garden house in Bavaria had been using a gasoline-powered generator that wasn't authorized for indoor use.  The owner of the garden found the bodies of his son, daughter and four other young men on Sunday morning. All were aged 18 or 19. 

 

August 2016: Saved in time when Carbon monoxide poisoning left one woman unconscious and caused the temporary evacuation of adjoining Coles and Kmart stores in Wangaratta.

 

For camping off mains power in really cold weather, either a diesel heater (Webasto, Dometic or Eberspacher or cheaper copies), or installed gas heater (Truma) are the best options for heating your caravan.

 

You can get 12 volt electric blankets or use a 240 volt one off your inverter to warm the bed, or pull on Explorer or other thick woollen socks, and use a zero rated sleeping bag to keep the warmth you generate close around you.

 

See more about the risks and options you can choose to keep warm  

 

1st May 2017

Kimberley updates
Purnululu National Park is OPEN to visitors
 
Geikie Gorge is OPEN and boat tours are scheduled to commence on 1 May 2017. See times.  Note: cash only, EFTPOS is currently not working.  Rising water levels on the Fitzoy River could close the site again. 
 
Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek remain CLOSED due to road conditions
 
Silent Grove campground, Bell Gorge, Lennard Gorge, Mount Hart and the entire road network within the King Leopold Range Conservation Park remains CLOSED
 
Broome-Cape Leveque Road is OPEN to 4wd vehicles
 
The Gibb River Road is OPEN to all vehicles from Imintji to Mount Barnett Roadhouse.  The sections between Mount Barnett Roadhouse and the Pentecost River crossing is OPEN to high clearance 4wd, and to the Great Northern Highway it is OPEN to all vehicles.  Most station and other side roads remain CLOSED.  If you wish to visit a station stay, please contact the station first or access updates.
 
The Kalumburu and  Mitchell Plateau Roads are OPENto high clearance 4wd under 7 tonne
 
The Tanami Road (Western Australia) and Buntine Highway are OPEN with caution.
 
Updated 9th May 2017