Top Tips for Driving in the Australian Outback

Top Tips for Driving in the Australian Outback

Updated: Jul 7, 2019

The sprawling Australian outback is so vast and offers so many unique sights that it lends itself well to a lengthy trip. It’s a wondrous country with natural landscapes and perfect for travellers looking to get a taste of the great outdoors. If you’ve got some time to spare and are suffering from wanderlust, consider spending a few months traveling across the country by car.  


It might initially sound absurd to buy a car for your travels but think about it. When you consider the cost of public transport over the course of months - planes, trains, buses, taxis - it can really add up. And while public transport is good for many reasons, it doesn’t always take you right where you want to go, especially with as much open space as there is in Australia. You don’t want to be forced to miss out on an adventure because you can’t get there.

Choose the Right Transport

If you’re spending at least four to six months driving around, your car won’t depreciate all that much in that time if you keep it well-maintained and you can sell it again at the end of your trip. You’ll want to choose a car that will be good off-road, one that holds up well in tough conditions. 

A smart choice might be the 4WD, a compact SUV that is reasonably priced and handles well in all sorts of terrain, so you can get to the furthest reaches of the desert or mountains. You also want to make sure your car is reliable so that you don’t get stranded and cause delays on your journey. The 4WD is spacious enough that you could even fold down the rear seat and sleep in the back on occasion, saving some money in hostel costs.  

If you’ve got bicycles in tow, having your own car means you can secure them to the roof rack rather than having to fuss carrying them on public transportation. Kayak paddles, hiking boots, and camping supplies can all fit in the cargo area for no-fuss travel.


At the end of your travels through Australia, be sure to give yourself plenty of time to find a buyer for the vehicle. Having your own car will give you the freedom of the road and be your key to visiting everywhere on your must-see list. It’s one of the best ways to experience Australia.

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