How to Prepare Your Vehicle for an Outback Road Trip

We encourage you to follow the Aussie Travel Code and come prepared. These checklists and tips will help you get ready for a safe and enjoyable outback road trip.

Vehicle Preparation 101

  • Get your vehicle serviced before you go 
  • Check radiator and hoses
  • Flush the radiator
  • Check fuel and temperature gauges are working
  • Check fan belt for tension and cracking
  • Check tyres, including spare(s), for wear, tread and inflation

What to Pack for Your Outback Road Trip

  • 6 litres of water per person
  • Non-perishable food
  • Satellite phone, EPIRB and a UHF radio
  • At least one spare tyre, two if you plan to cross the desert or do 4WDing
  • Spare spark plugs
  • Fuses
  • Hoses
  • Fan belt
  • Wheel brace
  • Jack
  • Torch
  • Jumper leads
  • Tow rope

What to Know Before You Go

  • Have your route planned out
  • Know where fuel stops are located
  • Check for weather events and road closures (sources listed below)
  • If you break down, do not leave your vehicle. Record the Important Contacts listed below in case of emergency.

What to Check Before You Leave

  • Road conditions and closures
  • Weather updates
  • Border restrictions
  • Emergency contacts


If you're not sure where to find the latest updates for outback roads, weather and other traveller services, we have created a comprehensive list of key contacts and resources here.