Outback Queensland is a unique and rugged region that is known for its vast landscapes, remote towns, and rich history. When you travel out west from the city, you will realise quickly just how remote “remote” really is. Some towns may not have all the facilities you may be used to in the city.
If you're planning on heading out to the Outback, it's important to be prepared for anything and know how to survive in this more isolated and sometimes harsh environment. Here is a survival guide to help you make the most of your trip to Outback Queensland:
#((1)) PLANNING YOUR ROUTE
Every good road trip starts with a plan – especially when it comes to visiting the Outback. Whether you’re planning a short trip or a lengthy one – getting around takes a bit more effort than cruising down the Pacific Highway. Before setting out on your trip, make sure to plan your routes and let someone know where you’re going.
Familiarise yourself with the route and areas you're travelling – with some stops hundreds of kilometres between one another, you’ll be better off knowing what you’re in for that day.
Be sure to also allow for plenty of time on your trip. There’s really no need to rush - because of Outback Queensland’s vastness, you’re not going to be able to get anywhere quickly. Take your time and enjoy the surroundings – there’s plenty to see and do.
#((2)) PACK WISELY
When packing for your trip, it's important to bring the right gear. Make sure to bring plenty of water and non-perishable food, because depending on where you are or where you’re going, there may be quite a drive between stops. Make sure to also bring a first-aid kit and a flashlight.
There are many areas out west where mobile service will be limited, particularly in between townships. So, it's smart to have essential navigation information available in "analogue", such as a physical map. Depending on how remote you’re going – it may also be a good idea to bring a satellite phone or a personal locator beacon in case of emergencies.
Other items to consider packing include a spare tire, a jack, and a spare set of car keys. It's also a good idea to bring a few basic tools, such as a multi-tool or a wrench, in case you need to make any repairs while you’re on the road
#((3)) RESPECT THE ENVIRONMENT
Outback Queensland is home to several unique and fragile ecosystems. Make sure to leave no trace by disposing of your trash responsibly – or even taking it with you when you go.
Be sure to also respect the wildlife in the areas you visit – both for your protection and theirs – they may not be used to having visitors! The same goes for plants and be mindful of your water usage and not to waste this precious resource. Remember to stay on designated roads and trails to avoid damaging the environment and disturbing the wildlife
#((4)) KNOW THE WEATHER
It should be no surprise that the weather in Outback Queensland can be extreme, with scorching hot days, and brisk, cold nights. Make sure to bring plenty of sunscreen, a hat, and a long-sleeve shirt to protect yourself from the sun. Perhaps even bring a towel or other cloth to cover yourself in the car for long days driving in the brutal Queensland UV rays.
Just because the days may be hot, doesn’t mean the nights won’t be much colder than you may expect. Remember to bring a warm jacket for those cooler nights. Make sure to check the weather forecast before setting out and be prepared for any changes in the weather.
#((5)) LEARN ABOUT THE HISTORY AND CULTURE
Outback Queensland has a rich history and culture, and there are many ways to immerse yourself in it during your trip. Apart from visiting some of the region’s historic sites and incredible landmarks -consider visiting one of the region's many museums or cultural centres, or joining a guided tour. Talk to the locals and hear their stories about rich traditions and an enduring connection to the land to truly grasp the magnitude of the region
By following these tips, you can ensure that your trip to Outback Queensland is safe and enjoyable. So why not pack your bags and head out west for the Outback Trail? Bring your friends or bring the family and immerse yourself in the breathtaking scenery for an unforgettable adventure.