Best Road Trip Vehicles for Exploring the Australian Outback

4x4Off-road enthusiasts all over the world come to Australia to witness the grandeur the Outback region has to offer. The Australian outback is home to kilometres of unsealed roads lined with corrugations and infinite waves of majestic desert hills – a haven for the most intrepid off-road driving enthusiasts.

If you are planning your own epic road trip to the iconic desert region, here are the top recommended vehicles that are specifically built to tackle the most extreme road challenges.

4WD

The best way to get around Australia’s famed corrugated dirt tracks is by way of a 4×4 vehicle. Designed and built to tackle the most rugged and most challenging roads, a 4×4 vehicle affords you a thrilling road trip and plenty of space for additional camping tools and supplies.

Campervan

The outback is also best explored and experienced by way of campervan. It affords a unique road trip experience as well as a network of scenic outback roads and highways. If you take a campervan, you can conveniently access the best campsites in roadhouses and national parks across the outback for free.

Jeep and Hummer Vehicles

Jeep and Hummer vehicles belong to a family of vehicles that shine in the off-road and are capable of tackling tough roads and terrain. Jeeps and hummers have outfitted terrain-response systems that let the drive adjust the gearing and allocate power between front and rear wheels for different terrain and weather conditions. Jeep and hummer vehicles can dance over the corrugations and loose dirt in the outback.

Off-road Motorcycles

For a truly classic and rugged outback exploration, the best way to get around is by an off-road motorcycle. Many off-road enthusiasts would ride in groups and drive off the beaten track and tackle the roughest trails. The extra challenge that comes with it is that you will have to drive very far with additional baggage, such as extra fuel, water and camping supplies.

Driving During Wet Seasons

During the wet season in the Northern Territory, road conditions can be unforgiving. If you get bogged, make sure you have a winch, a tow rope and a snatching trap, a couple of shackles, a good high lift jack, a long handled shovel, plenty of water and fuel and a small compressor so you can perform your own rescue.

It is also important to take with you a satellite phone for when situations become unmanageable. Your rescue team may take a while to get to where you are, and there’s a chance you will catch nightfall. If this happens, stay calm and stay with your vehicle, and make use of your 4×4 vehicle LED bar lights for a comfortable light, as well as a signal so your rescuers can easily find you.

Whether you have your own off-road vehicle or you decide to rent one, and especially if you’re on your way to becoming an expert off-road driver, do an extensive research about the Outback or tag along with other expert off-road enthusiasts. Never take on the road if you are unprepared and uninformed of the challenges ahead