Looking to explore Queensland's beautiful Outback? We've collated some bits of information that you may find useful on your travels.
The Matilda Highway and all coastal access highways are sealed but, as you may wish to explore further, it may be necessary to use unsealed roads to get to off-road destinations. Here are a few useful tips.
If you see stock or wild animals near the road, slow down - they have a habit of crossing in front of you!
When meeting large vehicles on narrow roads, slow right down and move off to the left. In wet conditions the verges tend to be soft and/or slippery, so when pulling off to the left you should always keep your right wheels on the bitumen and keep moving slowly to avoid getting bogged.
Many roads cross station properties and have gates across them. The rule of the Outback is to leave gates in the same way that you find them, ie. if the gate is closed when you get there, close it again after you drive through or, if the gate is open when you arrive, leave it open.
On major highways fuel stops are rarely more than 200 kilometres apart so it should not be necessary to carry spare fuel. However, you should always carry water and a first-aid kit and ensure that your spare tyre is at the correct pressure.
Always check road and weather conditions before travelling into remote areas. Ensure that your vehicle is mechanically sound and carry ample water and spares such as tyres, radiator hoses and fanbelts, together with a good tool-kit.
Two-way radios or satellite phones are recommended as normal mobile phones do not work in remote areas. Spare fuel should be carried outside the passenger compartment and always gauge your requirements - overladen vehicles invariably get into trouble. If you break down, stay with the vehicle until help arrives.
Outback summers are hot but much less humid than on the coast and more bearable. Most facilities and transport are airconditioned. Storms and heavy rains can occur during summer and minor flooding can cause some towns to become cut off for a few days, but this is all part of the adventure of the Outback. The most temperate weather occurs between the beginning of April and the end of October. Wearing a broad brimmed hat and sunscreen is recommended for all seasons.