This is a great spot to visit. Apart from the beauty of the Australian bush, there are so many tracks to follow, such privacy to be found, quiet rivers to camp beside, history to learn about and some great bush walking too.
But there is more……
To me, there are two sides to this National Park. on the one-hand, there are well maintained tracks that allow easy access to some soft roaders, AWD vehicles and SUV’s. Most are well within the ability of novice off road drivers. You can reach some great camping grounds and a trip with one or two nights camping is highly recommended. Take all you need and take away everything you bring.
The other side is more wild. People sometimes ask is there any real 4WDing in this park. Yes there is. Steep washed out tracks, rugged hills, deep gullies and spectacular scenery can all be found. Some tracks require a lot of expertise, a well prepared vehicle with recovery gear along with the knowledge on how to use it properly.
A few simple suggestions for this National Park;
1) If you find yourself on a track that is gradually getting worse, narrowing and generally looking less travelled, keep looking for good spots to turn around and do so, before you have no options left. Rough tracks can be fun but be aware of you and your vehicles limitations.
2) Especially in this National Park, if you are going down a steep hill, you WILL have to go up a steep hill on the other side. In the Abercrombie River NP, there are no exceptions. Many ill-equipped vehicles will get you down a hill (thanks to gravity) but that same villain will stop you getting up the other side. I’ve pulled out 4WD’s in that exact predicament before, much to their relief.
A few Do’s and Dont’s to consider when in any National Park.
Please don’t leave rubbish. There are no garbage trucks visiting the parks.
Don’t feed wildlife. It is cute to see native animals up close, but they are not used to eating our food, nor are they equipped to deal with the germs that we carry on food scraps we’ve been eating. No… not even apple cores are good for wildlife. Sorry.
Take lots of photos but no souvenirs. Hard as it may be to not grab something to remind you of your visit, it’s just not the right thing to do.
Be sensitive to the environment. Stay on tracks. Minimise wheel spin. Go easy in mud puddles and in river crossings. I know it sounds like I’m taking away some of the fun, but its better for the future generations if we look after the parks now.
Water. Take plenty of it. Food too. Something warm to wear – even in summer. If you get stuck and need to stay overnight, it can get cold overnight at 1100m above sea level, even in Summer. Tell someone where you are going and when you’re expected back – Be specific in your instructions as to where you are going and what you are doing and stick to that plan.
Emergency Locator beacons (EPIRB) save lives. Much of the park has no mobile reception, so unless you have a Satellite phone, you’ll have no way of contacting anyone. An EPIRB can be bought for a few hundred dollars but you can also hire one from some police stations and National Parks offices. Think about it next time you go bush.
Is your vehicle ready? Driving around town all week is not the same as going bush. If in doubt, see a mechanic, tell them your intentions and ask; Is my vehicle mechanically OK to go bush?
On a final note, here are a few pics of an old Gold miner / cattleman’s hut deep in the Abecrombie River National Park. Enjoy. Photos courtesy of Robyn Lambert who came along with Detour Adventures recently.