Campervan in Outback
by Weronika - submitted June 2009
Bushcamper in the Outback
We would like to travel from Melbourne to Adelaide, then through Alice Springs ( and turn to Ayers Rock) to Rockhampton or Townsville by campervan without 4WD in 20 days. Do you think it will be possible and enough safe to go there by campervan? Could you give us some important advices? For instance do we need some gps?
Response to Campervan in the Autralian Outbackby: Rita
Wow, that's a huge trip you have planned for 20 days.
From Melbourne to Townsville via Adelaide, Alice Springs and Tennant Creek, this is a tour of (very) roughly 4,800 km, detour to Uluru/Ayers Rock included.
It is doable, but it means you'll have to drive a few hundred kms on some days to get a little extra time at destinations like Uluru, and wherever you want to stay more than one day.
The campervan is no problem. All highways on this route are sealed, and usually in good condition. The Barkly Hwy, which was damaged by a flood in January 2009, is repaired and open now.
Of course, if the weather plays havoc again, you'd better check road conditions on any section before you go.
Telephone numbers for road conditions, recorded information:
Northern Territory 1800 246 199
South Australia Outback 1300 361 033
Queensland 1300 130 595
You definitely won't need GPS. Get a few maps, or better a touring atlas, and you won't get lost.
The longest distances without fuel and supplies are 274 km on the Barkly Hwy between Barkly homestead and Camooweal. For information about the Stuart Highway south of Alice check the Stuart Highway
Distances between supplies north of Alice are never greater than 140 km.
Make sure your campervan is in good condition to do 4800 km, get fuel in time, take always plenty of water, and you'll be fine. Plan your daily schedule ahead, and avoid driving at dark.
Enjoy your trip. It would be great if you come back and tell us how it was. :)