Packsaddle Roadhouse

A Diamond In The Dust

Outback Travel Tips

When travelling in remote areas, ensure you follow these tips for a safe and enjoyable trip:
  • 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 is well.
  • Ensure your vehicle is suitable for outback travel.
  • Do not overload your vehicle.
  • Consider hiring a two-way radio if you are intending to travel in remote areas.
  • Carry the best maps you can, but always check with 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 yo may consume extra fuel or you could become 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.