Please be mindful when travelling in Outback Queensland as it is different to elsewhere in Australia.
These Outback Travel Tips have been compiled to assist you in ensuring a safe and enjoyable journey.
Indigenous Australians have long held the view that the landscape is the core of all spirituality, the spirit of ‘country’. When travelling in Outback Queensland we ask you to please acknowledge and respect the values and beliefs of Indigenous Australians.
A little bit of preparation goes a long way in the Outback – ensure you have a good map and plan ahead, especially when travelling during the Australian summer (Nov – Apr) when rain and storms can impede travel plans.
Before setting out you should ensure you have adequate supplies of all personal medications. While medical facilities are available in most towns, these facilities are not necessarily provisioned to complete prescriptions for your regular medications.
Outback summers are hot but much less humid than on the coast and more bearable. Most facilities and transport are air-conditioned. 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.
Mobile Phone Coverage
Longreach, Mount Isa, Charleville and Birdsville have coverage from Telstra and Optus networks. Outside of these towns, only the Telstra Next G network is available, usually within a 20km radius of towns.
There is limited mobile phone coverage in the far South West corner of the region, west of Quilpie to Bedourie. Public phones are available in all towns, and satellite phones are recommended for extended travel in this area.
Always check road and weather conditions before travelling into remote areas. Advise the police or some other responsible person of your intended itinerary and report back on your arrival.
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.
Most roads run through private property or national parks and open fires should never be lit. Use only designated fireplaces.
Help us keep the Outback clean for future visitors by properly disposing of your rubbish.
Many newcomers to Outback Queensland may find themselves stepping into the shower at the end of a day of adventure to find the water from the pipes smells a bit off – don’t panic! Sulphur gas is trapped with the water and hence, gives it a distinctive smell.
Always use accredited Visitor Information Centres to obtain local and regional information.
Please see the Travel Directory for the contact details of various Outback Visitor Information Centres.