Driving in the outback
The outback is a region where you need to be particularly aware of safety. Here are some tips for a safe trip:
- Tell someone of your itinerary and schedule before setting out.
- Be prepared for unsealed roads that may be impassable after rain. Check road conditions with local NPWS offices before setting out. You could also contact the RTA or NRMA.
- Make sure your vehicle is in good mechanical condition, and always carry extra fuel, two spare tyres, and wheel-changing equipment.
- Take extra food and particularly EXTRA WATER.
- If you do break down or become stranded, remain with your vehicle.
- Avoid visiting in summer due to the extreme heat; visits are best planned for winter or spring.
For more tips and information on staying safe in national parks, visit the Park Safety webpage.
Page last updated: 27 February 2011