Outback travel tips
Where to stay & eat in the Australian Outback
This Outback travel tips page gives you an overview about the articles on my website where you to find places to stay
in various parts of the Australian Outback.
Even if you tow your own
caravan, trailer or bring your tent, it is good to know where to get
basic supplies and fuel. Most roadhouses also offer travellers a shower
for a small fee.
Boundary rider's hut at the Whitula Museum in Windorah
Don't worry! You can expect a better comfort when you search for a bed in the Outback!
However, travellers from overseas should know that "hotel" in
Australia often refers to a pub, especially in rural areas. These hotels
are often beautiful old buildings with great atmosphere. They usually have
basic accommodation, but it is possible that it is just one room they offer! However, a
hotel / pub
is the place where you get tasty & inexpensive meals, and meet the locals.
These days, more and more hotels have a motel or cabin section attached. So it is always worth to ask what they offer.
Even if there won't be many "5 star" facilities in the Outback, a decent bed is always waiting for you wherever you go.
Motels offer a pretty good standard, and there are excellent cabins to rent at caravan parks.
Of course you can always pitch your tent under the stunning canopy of stars. The Australian night sky is often described as the 5 million star hotel.
Also included on the Outback travel tips pages is info about places to
eat, where to get food and fuel. Information is listed for each region
described in the Outback guide. You find links for each section down at the bottom of this page.
Start planning, begin to dream!
The motel section of the Glendambo Roadhouse, South Australia
- Outback Queensland - When you travel along
the Matilda Highway, towns like Longreach, Cloncurry and Winton offer a
broad range of accommodation, restaurants, and shopping facilities.
Further south east, the tiny townships like Windorah, Thargomindah,
Birdsville, Bedourie for example, have at least a hotel, a caravan park
and a petrol station.
Wherever you go, you don't need to worry about basic supplies.
- Outback station stays - the number of sheep
and cattle stations who offer accommodation to travellers is increasing in most Australian states.
Camping and rooms in the shearer's quarter is what is usually
available. Visitors get mud maps and top advice what is worth to explore
in the region.
Modern cabins at the caravan park in Thargomindah, Queensland
The entrance to Mt. Ive station in the Gawler Ranges, South Australia
- Flinders Ranges - The Flinders Ranges offer a
broad range of accommodation styles, motels, bed & breakfast,
cabins, camping. The main centres are Arkaroola in the northern Flinders, and Wilpena Pound and Rawnsley Park Station in the central Flinders.
This is such a wonderful area in Outback South
Australia. Take your time and enjoy this gem.
- Oodnadatta Track (OT) - Although the
Oodnadatta Track leads you into true Outback country, this doesn't mean
that you have to starve. Small towns along the track offer all the
essential supplies and facilities for travellers, and of course a cold
beer. Enjoy this unique Outback Australia experience.
- Birdsville Track (BT) - There are not many
facilities along the Birdsville track. Even shady bush camping spots are
rather rare along the track. In fact, the Mungeranie Roadhouse is the
only watering hole for humans and their vehicles. But you won't get any
problems, it is not such a big distance after all.
Once you arrive in Birdsville, you have access to many services this bush town offers for travellers.
- Gawler Ranges - The Gawler Ranges are
considered one of the best wilderness areas in the South Australian
Outback. Apart from camping in the national nark, accommodation is
provided on a working sheep station. Stay at Mount Ive Station and explore a stunning region.
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Typical Outback store that offers everything but the kitchen sink
Discover the best facilities in various Outback regions
Where to stay & get supplies