Have you dreamt about driving through Australia’s countryside?

A great Australian road trip is a common dream, with so much to see and explore there’s never been a better time than right now to hit the open road.

But heading off with a plan could spell trouble. The following are eight tips that you should consider before starting your road trip.

Use this list to make sure your next road trip is your best one yet!


Looking for more road trip resources? Follow these safe driving tips here!


#1 – Plan where to visit based on the season

The general rule is – during the summer move south. If it’s winter tour the tropics or head for central Australia where you have warm days and nights than can be freezing, but the good thing is flies are absent.

The wet season between November and May can be a nightmare for travellers touring the north of the Tropic of Capricorn.

Unexpected heat can also cause problems explain leading massage therapists. “Heat stress can strike when you endure high temperatures without adequate water. This can cause significant pain in your muscles. While it may be tempting to explore the Outback on foot, be careful and cautious to ensure you put your health first.”


#2 – Figure out the duration of your trip

More than a lifetime might be required to visit all corners of Australia. But if you want to go around the country, three months are needed and up to a whole year if you want to take your time.

On the contrary, it is surprising how much ground you can cover in four weeks. Also, you can drive from Perth through Uluru and Alice Spring to Cairns in less than two weeks.


#3 – Plan your accommodation

If you decide to stick to main roads during your trip and desire to stay in caravan parks and towns, campervan, caravan or motorhome is an excellent choice.


If your trip is intended to be a short one, lasting a few weeks, then investing in an RV or a van is not necessary, you can hire one instead or  there is a wide range of motels along travel routes and pubs that have very economic offerings as long as you do not mind a shared bathroom.

Also, you can try Airbnb, these days they are everywhere.

However, if your trip is designed to be an adventurous one by taking remote roads, travelling through national parks and the wild, a tent or an off-road camper trailer will serve you best.

Not sure where to stay? Find out where to stay with this free ‘Places to Stay’ resource.


#4 – Decide what you will drive

A 4WD vehicle is not a necessity if you want to travel around Australia. However, a SUV or another car that has low-range gearing will enable you to sample some of the most scenic parts, since most of the wildest places can only be reached by dirt roads.

Make sure the vehicle you choose to drive is serviced before commencing your road trip.


#5 – Carry essential gear

A first-aid kit is a must-have for any traveller. Also, ensure that you have a fire extinguisher and you pack enough drinking water even though you do not plan to leave the highways.

Your choice of clothes is also vital explains clothing manufacturers Tierra Alma. They explain “choosing clothes should ensure you have enough warmth and protection to suit weather conditions, as well as enough space. Avoid bulky items and opt for thinner layers instead. When starting an Aussie road trip, be mindful of the sun and take clothes to stay sun safe.”

A spare tyre is also crucial. If space allows another spare tyre is recommended.

Most importantly, do not commence your road trip before visiting your state auto club and updating your road service membership.


#6 – Upgrade your phone

Once you leave towns, coverage in remote areas even when on main roads is barely there. The only signal you will get will be from Telstra since other networks are non-existent in areas outside major cities.

A satellite phone is necessary if you are driving off from the highways onto remote areas. You can purchase or hire one to assist you to call for help in remote areas.


#7 – Make arrangements for your pets

Many motels and caravan parks allow well-mannered and leashed pets, but always confirm pet restrictions before booking instead of doing so after arrival.

National parks ban pets even when on a picnic, therefore taking your dog with you will limit your camping choices to state forests.


#8 – Map it out

Getting lost in the wilderness and not knowing exactly where you are can be thrilling – temporarily – until frustrations and anxiety kick in and you start blaming each other.

Have a good GPS (a map application on your mobile device is not always reliable).

Or, go old school with a physical map that you can unroll and plot your path on!


Written by: Phil Kelly