The outback is the vast, remote, arid land of Australia and can be accessed by major roads and highways. Although travelling in the outback is relatively easy, it is most important to be prepared.
Here are some tips to ensure that your outback experience is safe, exciting and enjoyable.
It is most important to have supplies with you at all times. This will include plenty of drinking water, food and fuel. Always re-stock your supplies whenever possible to cover the large distances between towns or for any unexpected surprises.
Driver Fatigue & Distraction
Avoid driver fatigue to prevent any unnecessary accidents. Distances between towns can be up to 6 hours apart, so be prepared and well rested to ensure of your safety. Make a rest stop or plan regular breaks at places of interest every two hours. Furthermore, share the driving with your travel companions.
Keep distractions at a minimum while driving. If you need to change a CD or the radio station, have someone else do it for you, or safely pull off the road.
Maps & Guides
Ensure you have detailed maps and a plan prior to setting off. Let someone know where you will be travelling, the time you are leaving and the day you expect to reach your destination.
Stay on recognised routes as these roads will be better maintained and more frequently used than others. The condition of the road is ever changing. Expect the unexpected. Look out and slow down for road trains, animals & other vehicles. Check road conditions at an information centre, motor association (eg RACQ, NRMA, RACV), local police or the park ranger.
Even in daylight hours drive with your headlights on. This will make it easier for oncoming traffic to see you. Travel between dawn and dusk to avoid collisions with wildlife. Outback animals are either nocturnal or are more active in the cooler times when the sun is low.
Some land is privately owned or leased and Aboriginal sites may require permission prior to entering. Alcohol can be restricted or forbidden in some remote communities. Travelling on unsealed roads is prohibited in a motorhome.