It’s exciting to travel Australia and to get to know the outback. Whether you got interested in the idea from watching Crocodile Dundee as a child or you simply love to explore the wild wherever you go, road tripping in the outback is fun and exciting. You can rent a campervan for a comfortable experience or rough it with a jeep and tent.
While some people like luxury vacations, others of us enjoy a fun experience in the great outdoors every now and then and Australia is the perfect destination for this type of experience.
Of course, venturing out into the outback without any experience can be cause for concern. To help you have a safe and satisfying trip, following are some tips on how to travel safely in a motorhome in the Australian wild:
- Invest in a satellite phone. The areas that you may be traveling to may not have phone coverage and you could find yourself in a lot of trouble should you need to call for help and have no way of doing so. You could invest in a satellite phone to ensure that you’re able to call if you’re in need of assistance. It can also help you to stay in touch with family while road tripping in the Australian outback.
- Look up current information online about the areas that you hope to travel to. Whether the area that you hope to visit has fire warnings in place or unpleasant conditions, you will want to know beforehand. Get online before your road trip or when you plan to visit certain areas to ensure that you aren’t headed towards a place where you won’t be able to enjoy the great outdoors.
- Find out if you will need a 4WD vehicle before traveling rough terrain. If you are planning to travel to an area with rocky or rough terrain and hope to be able to take back roads, make sure that you are renting the right kind of vehicle. You may be able to rent a campervan but if you aren’t sure, choose a 4WD vehicle for safe travelling.
- Pack plenty of extra water, food, and petrol. You can do without some extra clothing items, but you can’t do without extra food, water, and petrol, if you happen to find yourself needing them. Leave the extra cute outfits at home and use the extra space for emergency necessities.
- Make a list of pertinent phone numbers and information of emergency services in the areas that you are traveling to. It’s very important to make sure that you have the numbers of emergency services or rescue teams in the areas that you’re traveling to. If you happen to find yourself without petrol or break down in the middle of the outback, a quick phone call can get you out of a pickle as opposed to having to wait until somebody finds you.
- Get to know the hazards of the outback area that you’re traveling to. Some areas of the outback are relatively safe while others have hazards that you want to be aware of. For example, you may think that swimming in a river to bathe is perfectly fine, but then you discover that it’s full of crocodiles—this is probably something that you want to know beforehand. Find out if an area is known for its abundance of venomous snakes, etc.
- Choose the timing of travel wisely. It can get very hot in Australia during the summer and during the winter, the roads can be hazardous. Be wise and plan your trip during a time when the weather is fair. Spring or fall are great seasons for Australian travel, so you can avoid accidents from wet roads or heat stroke from getting too hot while on the road. If you do choose to travel during the rougher months, make sure to travel prepared with what you need for safe road tripping.
- Fires happen quickly and easily in Australia during the warmer months. What could be worse than getting caught in an Australian bushfire? Not much. To make sure that you don’t become a victim of one of the many bush fires that happen in Australia, avoid using cigarettes and avoid using a gas stove—especially outside of your campervan.
You always need to stay safe and cautious while on the road wherever you may be, but especially in the Australian outback. Whether you rent a campervan or a 4WD vehicle, make sure to pack wisely and bring emergency items that you wouldn’t want to be without should the need arise. You should always try to stay on the main roads as much as possible during your exploration to ensure that you can be found should you experience a breakdown. Most of all, practice common sense and you should be fine. Happy travelling!a