The tips and information in this Outback Safety section are not intended to scare you, far from it! However, it is important to prepare your driving adventure to the remote areas in Australia.
Are you a first time visitor to the Australian Outback? You have come to the right place. I am happy to help you plan your exciting dream journey. Find out what to expect before you start your travel expedition into the vast inland. Be prepared, and it will be the trip of your lifetime.
I have travelled the tracks and highways in the southern and eastern regions of the Outback, and I am glad to share my first hand experience with you. Anyone can discover the Outback on their own. It is not dangerous! Let common sense rule, and the Australian Outback is the safest place on earth to go.
You can explore the inland on sealed highways without any problems. Roadhouses and small towns line the roads at intervalls of 150 to 250 kilometres, and traffic is frequent around the year.
For example, travellers can drive to Uluru on sealed main roads from all capital cities on mainland Australia, no 4 WD is needed to reach the Outback's most famous attraction. It will be a long journey, though!
So, even if you're "just" travelling the main routes, driving distances are huge. Be sure you have a reliable car, take plenty of water, rest frequently and realise that it can get bloody hot in summer.
The tips on the Outback safety & driving pages are essential if you're planning to travel on the tracks, and perhaps do some detours into remote areas, in other words, if you really go "off the beaten track".
When your time is limited it is a good idea to have a rough itinerary to make sure you'll be back at the airport, or at home, in time. Australia is such a huge country, don't underestimate the driving distances anywhere in this country. Don't forget, speeding and Outback safety don't match.
Plan your trip well ahead and know what is worth to explore along the way. You don't want to come home after driving 3,000+ km to discover that you have missed a landmark you always wanted to see, do you? Always allow some extra time for a detour along the way.
Apart from general safety tips on how to prepare your journey, you will also find heaps of tour suggestions and beautiful destinations to visit in my Outback Guide.
Check out the Famous Routes and States sections in the top navigation.
You can't rely on your mobile phone in the bush. The phone might work in small country towns, but hardly ever when you travel on remote tracks. So what will work out there?
Once you have settled your itinerary you know when you will arrive in small bush towns, at a road house to get fuel, or at caravan parks. In these places there is always access to a public phone (take some phone cards with you) to make your pre-arranged calls to family or friends. This is definitely the easiest and cheapest way to stay in contact!
But what about emergeny calls when you are travelling in remote areas?
The Australian Outback is a land of extreme heat. Especially in summer temperatures can go far over the 40°C (104 F) mark. Avoid travelling during the Aussie summer months, that is December, January, February. Apart from the heat, traffic on remote tracks will be next to nothing then. So you might have to wait a while for someone passing by when something goes wrong.
Autumn and spring are wonderful. Even winter has mild and sunny days in the inland, but the nights can be freezing cold, a fact to consider if you are camping. Check the Australian climate of your dream destination for the best time to visit.