Hema Great Desert Tracks Atlas & Guide

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Whether you're a 'desert lover', or just looking to tackle some of Australia's favourite 4WD destinations, this informative guide is an indispensable companion to this country's arid centre. The complete atlas contains Hema's entire Great Desert Tracks map series, while the guide features 25 4WD tracks, each with its own detailed inset map showing the route taken, with GPS locations and points of interest featured. All of the tracks are colour-coded to make it simple to find the treks that suit your type of vehicle and handy symbols show towing suitability too. The track descriptions are written by some of Australia's top four-wheel driving enthusiasts and experienced travel writers. Each track's notes contain all the information you need to plan the trip, including permits and contact details. There's also plenty of essential pre-trip reading on how to prepare for your trek, safety in the outback and driving techniques. Background information on geomorphology, major environments and ecosystems, and history makes this the 'must have' guidebook for travelling Australia's deserts.

What's included in this atlas & guide:


CHAPTER 1: Desert environment and history

Defining Australian deserts
Australia's deserts
Desert geomorphology - landforms and processes
Australian desert environments and ecosystems

CHAPTER 2: Be prepared

Acquainting yourself with your destination
The right vehicle
Preparing your vehicle
Driving skills and tips
Daily inspections and post-trip evaluation
Special precautions
Environmental issues

CHAPTER 3: Information for travellers

Aboriginal land permits
Alcohol restrictions
Time zones
Useful contacts
National parks
Suggested reference materials

CHAPTER 4: Top 25 4WD Trips

Track 1: Anne Beadell Highway
Track 2: Binns Track
Track 3: Birdsville Track
Track 4: Canning Stock Route
Track 5: Connie Sue Highway
Track 6: Finke River Gorge
Track 7: Gary Highway
Track 8: Gary Junction Road
Track 9: Googs Track
Track 10: Great Central Road
Track 11: Gunbarrell Highway
Track 12: Hay River Track (including Madigan's Line)
Track 13: Innamincka
Track 14: Old Ghan Railway Loop
Track 15: Oodnadatta Track
Track 16: Plenty Highway
Track 17: Rudall River (Karlamilyi) National Park
Track 18: Sandover Highway
Track 19: Sandy Blight Junction Road
Track 20: Simpson Desert
Track 21: Strzelecki Track
Track 22: Sturt National Park
Track 23: Talawana Track
Track 24: Tanami Track
Track 25: West MacDonnell Ranges to Uluru

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