Car drives along the Matilda Way in Outback Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

Matilda Way, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland

How to plan an Australian outback road trip

Aerial of a car driving along the Stuart Highway in the Alice Springs Region © Sam Earp, Tourism NT

Stuart Highway, Alice Springs Region, Northern Territory © Sam Earp, Tourism NT

Top tip

The cooler months of April though to November are the best time to go on an outback road trip – the summer heat is too much for most.

Four-wheel driving in Keep River National Park © Tourism NT/Shaana McNaught 2017

Keep River National Park, Northern Territory © Tourism NT/Shaana McNaught 2017

Top tip

If you do break down in the outback, don’t leave your vehicle; wait until help comes to you. The number to call in emergencies is Triple Zero (000).

The Corner Country Store in Tibooburra © Destination NSW

The Corner Country Store, Tibooburra, New South Wales © Destination NSW

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