The drive through Outback Queensland might just be one of the most legendary road trips in Australia. It is an incredible and unique trip, but before you head off, it is important that you arm yourself with some information on how to have a safe and successful adventure. Here are eight travel tips to keep you safe on the road and ensure you have a fantastic trip!
Take breaks and plan your stops
Like on any road trip, it is critical that you take a break every two hours and do not drive more than eight to ten hours a day. Plan out your rest stops ahead of time, so you never get caught off guard with nowhere to stop. If possible, change drivers regularly to ease fatigue.
Watch out for wildlife!
Around dawn and dusk, local wildlife tends to graze on and near the road. Try to avoid driving at these times, but if you have to, take extra caution. It is also important at all times of day to keep your eyes peeled for stock on the road.
If you encounter roadkill, do not swerve or go over the animal – slow down and go around as the bones can puncture your tyres.
Download an Audiobook or two…
Before you embark on your road-trip, consider downloading some Audiobooks. The average Audiobook usually lasts for eight hours, so it is an excellent way to entertain yourself along the drive. You will be surprised how quickly the time can slip by when you are engrossed in a good book!
Share the road
If you see a road train coming towards you, move as far to the left as possible and slow down to minimise the damage caused by rocks flying at your car.
When travelling in the Outback, petrol stations can sometimes be few and far between, so it is very important that you keep an eye on your fuel situation. Plan ahead before you leave home so that you have a rough idea of where the petrol stations are along your route.
Before you jump in the car and leave on your road trip, download the Police Link and Emergency + apps on your phone. Both apps are free and provide information on the nearest police stations, accidents and information on who to call in an emergency. The Emergency + app uses GPS location services to help emergency services find you in the event something goes wrong.
Be aware, however, that mobile coverage is not always available. In the event of a breakdown or accident, remain with your vehicle at all times as this will aid in help finding you.
Pack a first aid kit
Ensure that a first aid kit is on your list of things to pack! If you injure yourself in a remote area, you will be grateful to have it on hand.
Don’t go hungry…
It is not just the car that you need to plan your fuel for! Stops for food can be sparse in some areas, so it is a good idea to pack as much food and water as possible.
We recently went on an epic two-week road trip to Birdsville, stopping in at Bedourie, Winton, Middleton and Boulia along the way. See what we got up to here!
By Kate Nutting