Whitefella Walkabout | the right stuff

to join me on a tag along photographic trip you will need:

  • a suitable vehicle
  • recovery equipment
  • some 4WD experience
  • your camera equipment (don’t forget your lens cleaner, battery charger and memory cards)
  • camping equipment
  • food, water (other drinks) and a fridge or coolbox.
on the shorter trips, up to 1 week, I can provide a catered or semi-catered option, so all you may need is a vehicle and a perhaps a few items of recovery equipment and your camping gear. Please let me know if you would prefer this. 
When you contact me we can go through the things you will need for the particular trip you have in mind.

the right vehicle
on many trips all that you will need is a standard 4WD vehicle such as a Toyota Landcruiser, Nissan Patrol, Landrover, Rangerover, or similar. You may already own one or you may need to hire one. 
on the more rugged trips, a 4WD vehicle with good ground clearance, low range gearing and enough grunt to get up steep hills. This will vary according to how much weight you have in the back, will be necessary. It is recommended that you don’t tow anything on these trips, although 4WD trailer campers are usually fine. Many times caravans won’t be able to go where we are going.
on a couple of our longer trips such as the Canning Stock Route, Tanami Track etc., you may need to carry additional fuel as it can be very long distances between fuel stops. As an example I have two 90 litre fuel tanks plus 60 litres in spare fuel cans in my Toyota Landcruiser

4WD and recovery equipment
the equipment you will need will vary according to the ruggedness of the trip we will be taking. we can sort out the details when you have decided which trip most interests you. I have most of these items, but it can be very handy if you carry some of these yourself, especially those that are specific to your vehicle such as the belts and filters.
the following lists provide some indication for the longer, more rugged  trips… you may already carry some or most of this. these items are mandatory, recommended or optional
  • spare belts, 
  • oil and fuel filters, 
  • fuses
  • spare engine oil
  • water bra for creek crossings
  • snatch strap
  • puncture repair kit
  • two spare tyres, with jack and wheel spanner
  • tyre pressure gauge
  • air compressor
  • winch
  • winch rope extension
  • two blocks and two shackles
  • tree protector
  • diff lockers
  • diff breather tubes
  • high-lift jack
  • a long-handled shovel


4WD experience
Depending on the particular trip, you will need to know how to operate low and high range gears on your vehicle, drive through water and enter and exit creeks with steep banks. in addition you should understand how to use your gears to make controlled steep descents and drive through sand. If you are not sure then please contact me and we can discuss what you need to know. In many situations I can coach you through the different circumstances we will find out there, but it always helps to be prepared. You might want to go on a 4WD course before the trip.

your camera equipment
of course! …but here are some of the things you may not have thought of
  • how will you charge your camera batteries when you are Outback or deep in a rainforest.
  • how will you carry your camera gear and tripod to those locations which can be over a kilometre walk away
  • how will you transfer or back up your photos at the end of the day. think multiple SD cards, or a computer and perhaps an external hard disk as a backup
  • what will you need to keep as much dust out of your equipment as possible (accept that some dust will get in at some stage)
  • how will you clean your camera, lenses and perhaps your sensor out bush
I carry a large monitor for slide show evenings, so if you have a way of processing your photos while you are on the road then you may like to share your work.
Here is a list of what I carry, but of course you should bring what's important to you to get the most out of your trip. Let's talk about it.
  • Main camera ……. Nikon D810
  • Backup camera … Nikon D800E
  • Wide angle lens … Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8
  • Zoom lens ……….. Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8
  • Macro lens ………. Nikkor 105mm f/2.8
  • Nifty Fifty ………… Nikkor 50mm f/1.4
  • For wildlife ………. Nikkor 400mm f/2.8
  • Lee Filters
    • .6ND Hard Grad
    • .9ND Pro Glass
    • Little Stopper
  • Apple Macbook Pro loaded with Photoshop, Nik Collection, Bridge, Lightroom and the Nikon software
  • Apple Thunderbolt Monitor (large screen size)
  • LaCie 6TB mirrored disk drive
  • Camera bag
  • Camera backpack
  • Manfrotto titanium tripod


food and water, etc.
you will need to bring enough food and water to last you for the time you will be away. you will also need some way of keeping any fresh or frozen food cold such as a fridge or perhaps an Eski (toolbox) with ice for shorter trips
if you have a fridge then you will probably have at least dual batteries and a battery management setup plus inverter to charge all those batteries!
on the shorter trips, up to 1 week, I can provide a catered or semi-catered option. Please let me know if you would prefer this.
on the more remote trips you will need to carry additional food and water for emergencies

camping equipment
this is by no means a comprehensive list but it will give you some idea of a few things you might want when camping in the bush
  • swag / tent
  • sleeping bag
  • a small collection of clothes to suit the weather
  • towel(s)
  • walking boots / sandals
  • gas stove


other stuff
  • hat (with suitable adornments)
  • sunscreen SP30+
  • anti-histamines (when venturing into sandfly territory)
  • tee-tree oil (when venturing into sandfly territory)
  • insect repellant