Travelling in outback Australia - Adventures Beyond

stunning view of Ayers rock

Driving yourself in the Australian Outback?  Here are a few tips from us...

  • Get good quality maps and plan your route for a few weeks
  • Be careful of how much you pack on your roof rack; a heavy load on top can make the car roll over
  • Drive carefully on dirt roads - they are very slippery
  • Store water in small containers instead of one large tank; check all water containers for leaks; most towns have water but, at some places, you may not be able to get drinking water; we recommend that in very hot conditions you carry 10 litres of water per person per day; don't rely on waterholes, dams, bores, mills, tanks or troughs; soap or detergents should not be used in any natural water course or stock watering point
  • Carry enough food for each person for a few days
  • Bring matches or a lighter
  • Pack a fire extinguisher
  • Carry an UHF radio compatible with the RFDS (mobile phones and CB radios will not work in remote areas); you can buy an UHF radio from most two way communication centres
  • Get a summary of your medical history and bring all medication and repeat scripts with you
  • Do a first aid course and pack a first aid kit
  • Take a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Wear clothing suitable for the climate; wear good walking shoes; take warmer clothes for the evenings
  • Don’t travel in the hottest part of the year
  • If your vehicle breaks down or you get lost - never leave your vehicle
  • Take regular breaks from driving (every 2 hours)

The safest thing to do is take one of our Outback tours in Australia!