Places to go, things to see and do. We’re very lucky to live in a country where it’s possible to use a 4WD’s potential to explore nearby and remote Outback areas. We give you the low-down on trip preparation and planning and suggest places you might like to visit. There are also useful hints on what you need to take with you and how to keep safe in the bush.
If you don’t own a 4WD, camping equipment, camper trailer, campervan, motorhome or caravan, hiring is a great option. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your Aussie Road Trip now.
There’s also some fun stuff: tall bush tales and some interesting characters we’ve met along the way.
BUSH CHARACTERS, YARNS & POETRY
The late David Hosking was OTA’s sales manager for many years and joined the team on several bush trips. He was’t impressed with the firewood supply that compromised Verna McKenzie’s camp oven scones.
To the little boab tree outside the Mangrove Hotel, Broome, by Jill Spooner
EVERYTHING LITTLE TOWN HAS SOMETHING
Quilpie Shire won a gold National Qantas Australian Tourism Award on March 17, 2023 in the ‘Visitor Information Services’ category and Quilpeta – Quilpie Night Show Experience – took out the Best New Visitor Experience Award at the Outback Queensland Tourism awards.
As this iconic outback town saddled up for the 140th anniversary of the Birdsville Races in September 2022, we took a look back at some of the historic moments, milestones and characters that have made this regular event Australia’s oldest and most iconic outback race.
HIRE – 4WD, CAMPERS & CAMPING GEAR
Many people are unsure of their exact camper trailer needs, or they simply want to enhance their camping flexibility by hiring a trailer when required. Some others are unsure if the camping life is for them and hiring a camper trailer is a much cheaper exercise than buying one and having to sell it if the experience isn’t a good one!
Hiring a motorhome can be an expensive business, especially when you factor in relocation fees and the onerous charges the major hire companies like to impose, but there is a cheaper alternative for those who are flexible with dates and timing for a motorhome trip.
OUTDOORS HEALTH & SAFETY
We’ve always wondered why defibrillators have to be so bulky, when compact battery ‘jump starters’ have been available for years. Now our question has been answered.
It seems that there’s a 4WD incident involving fire every day of the week and most of these incidents are preventable.
PLANNING & PACKING
Many people seem to think travelling is a luxury reserved for later in life when you have no commitments: academic, professional, familial, or otherwise. For a student, the thought of travelling seems particularly daunting as you’re likely in a constant state of catch-up with assignments and exams while living on a tight budget.
TAG-ALONG TOURS & TOUR OPERATORS
A Lake Macquarie (NSW) couple has returned from an outback odyssey of more than 11,000 kilometres in a World War II-era truck, driving into the past and racing against time. We’re indebted to the South Australian chapter of the Wartime Vehicle Conservation Group for permission to publish this unusual Outback Travel story.
This 2022 tour bus is fitted with a road-rail wheel kit that allows it to run on historic railway tracks and on roads and bush tracks in Tasmania’s wild west.
Some OTA website visitors have asked us if we’ve done any interesting overseas 4WDing adventures, so we’ve kicked off with a trip Allan Whiting did to Borneo back in 1991. Unfortunately, the images that illustrate this story are digitised from 30-year-old transparency film, so the quality isn’t flash.
The Silo Art Movement is encouraging people from all walks of life to travel along part or all of what is now one of Australia’s great road trips.