The Outback of Australia is very remote and care should be taken when
driving through this vast and unique area. Follow these important tips
for safe outback motoring:
- Check the best time of year to travel.
- Check your route carefully.
- Before leaving for your trip, give someone a copy of your itinerary
and agree dates and times to contact them to let them know that all
- Ensure your vehicle is suitable for outback travel.
- Do not overload the vehicle.
- Consider hiring a two-way radio if intending to travel in very remote
- Carry the best maps you can, but always check with the locals on road
conditions, fuel availability and weather conditions.
- Plan your fuel consumption and refuelling points. Remember that service
stations in the outback may have limited opening hours.
- Do not stray from your intended route as you may consume extra fuel
or you could get lost.
- When travelling on very remote roads, inform local authorities of
your route and intended arrival time.
- Carry sufficient supplies of food, water and fuel.
- Try to avoid driving at dusk, night or dawn. Wild or farm animals
may stray onto the road and their behaviour can be unpredictable.
- When driving on an unmade road towards an approaching vehicle, pull
off to the left of the road, keeping the right-hand wheels on the road
surface at all times. Slow down but do not stop as the road shoulders
may be soft.
- Be aware of dust on the road which may conceal potholes and washouts.
- Always carry an emergency supply of water – five litres per person
per day in hot areas.
- If you break down, stay with your vehicle. It is much easier to locate
a vehicle than a person.