Staying Connected: Essential Communication Safety Tips for Solo Travellers in Australia

Travelling alone in a motorhome or caravan around Australia, mainly through remote areas, can be an exhilarating journey of self-discovery and adventure. However, it also means you must be prepared for any eventuality, including communication emergencies. Here are some essential tips and tools to stay connected and safe on your solo journey.

1. Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs)

When activated, PLBs are compact devices that send an emergency distress signal to the nearest rescue coordination centre. They’re perfect for remote areas as they rely on something other than mobile networks but satellite technology.


  • Reliable and powerful
  • No subscription fees
  • Global coverage


  • Only for emergencies
  • It can’t be used for regular communication

2. Mobile Phone Signal Repeaters

A signal repeater is a device that amplifies and distributes a 3G/4G mobile signal within your motorhome or caravan. It’s ideal for areas where the mobile signal is weak.


  • Boosts mobile signal strength
  • Supports multiple devices simultaneously
  • Ideal for maintaining regular contact and internet access


  • Signal strength depends on the availability of a primary mobile signal
  • Requires power supply

3. UHF Radio

Ultra High Frequency (UHF) radios are widely used in Australia for short-range communications. They’re handy for communicating with nearby vehicles, especially in convoy travel. They can also help receive weather updates and emergency announcements.


  • No call charges or subscriptions
  • Useful in areas without mobile coverage
  • Can receive weather and emergency broadcasts


  • Limited range (typically 5-20km)
  • Not suitable for long-distance communication

4. Satellite Internet

Satellite internet provides a reliable internet connection, even in remote areas. It’s perfect for staying in touch with family and friends, accessing emails, and keeping up to date with news and weather forecasts.


  • Global coverage
  • Enables web browsing, emails, and social media access


  • More expensive than other options
  • Requires a power supply and satellite dish installation

Each communication method offers different benefits, and the best choice depends on your travel plans, budget, and personal requirements. By ensuring you have suitable communication devices, you can embark on your solo adventure with peace of mind, knowing that help is just a call or click away. Safe travels!


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