Planning your Trip
A tour in the Outback Australia is amazing and can be very interesting.
To make sure that you can enjoy it, planning your trip is essential. If you
don't know where to go and how far you have to go to reach your next
destination, your trip can result in driving all the day long. I don't
think that this is really what you intend to do.
To avoid this, your trip in the Outback Australia should be
planned in advance. Here are some basic tips for planning such a trip:
Plan the route
You should know where to go. To decide where to go, good and
detailed maps can be very helpful.
Plan the daily stages
Whenever possible, avoid driving long distances all the day. 4-5
hours driving a day should be enough.
Here an example: The distance from Port
Augusta in South Australia to Cooper Pedy via Marree and William Creek
is about 750 km. I have met people doing this distance in one day. I
would allow at least three days for this distance.
Look for your
overnight stay in time
You should always know where to spend the next night. You
should reach your next camp in time. To pitch camp takes a while
and is easier during daylight.
Don't forget the
Catering with food and water must be planned too when travelling
in the Outback. And don't forget to fill up with petrol. Where is the
next petrol station?
Check your equipment
Do you have the right equipment? If you plan to drive on
Gravel Roads, a 4WD is essential. Are you prepared for the case of
You never should forget your safety. The most important rules are
listed on the "Safety in the Outback" page
© Jörg Jost Michaelis