Travelling into remote areas in Australia, or even into an unfamiliar area close to home, you owe it to yourself and your loved ones to do a little research before you step off.
Mostly we think about obtaining relevant maps and reference guides for the geographic area that we’re planning to visit. But these resources focus on giving us information – they don’t necessarily give us knowledge. And knowledge about ourselves, our kit and our surroundings is what will help keep us safe in the outdoors, particularly if things don’t go to plan. The following suggested remote reference readings aren’t intended to be exhaustive. But they’re a really good start for anybody planning to get out there.
By Nick Vroomans and Dave Basham (ISBN: 0646422987)
Australia's most comprehensive survival and rescue guide for remote area workers and travellers
By the ACT Government (ISBN: 978-1-921117-15-2)
Describes the plant resources of the ACT region for food, medicine, tools and weapons, fire, ceremonial purposes, water, fibre, dye and paint. It includes descriptions and photos of 69 plant species most of which can be found throughout the country.
By A.B. and J.W. Cribb (ISBN: 0732224918)
Historical records and the authors’ own experiences provide an overview of the edibility and tastiness of Australian bush foods
By John and Geri McPherson (ISBN13: 9781569756508)
Surviving with nothing but your bare hands and what you find in the woods (US publication)
By Barbara Triggs (ISBN: 0195536436)
A Field Guide to Australian Mammals. Using only the tracks or other signs these animals leave behind, you can identify mammals anywhere in Australia
By Miner Brotherton and Edwin Sherman (ISBN: 0071392335)
A non-threatening introduction to 12-volt electrical systems (US publication)
By Vic Widman (ISBN: 0643066241)
A straightforward manual for on and off road travel for all driver skill levels.
By Graham Pizzey and Frank Knight (ISBN: 0207196915)
The definitive work on bird identification with over 2500 colour illustrations.
By Les Hiddins (ISBN: 0733305466)
Be inspired by retracing the epic journeys of some of Australia’s earliest bushmen, explorers, pioneers and convicts
By St John Ambulance Australia (ISBN: 0949569550)
The authorised manual of St John Ambulance
Your Vehicles Owner’s Manual and respective Gregory’s Car Manuals for the vehicle you are taking with you.
We’d welcome recommendations drawn from your essential bush bibles.
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