"Vehicle choice and preparation are
both very important considerations when travelling long distances and
particularly if you plan to venture into the rugged Australian outback."
A two-wheel drive (sedan or similar) will be sufficient if you intend to stick to the main highways and bitumen roads, for example Highway 1 which follows mainly the coast and connects all Australian mainland capital cities.
A four-wheel drive will be essential if you plan to drive on beaches, unsealed roads (non-bitumen) or attempt more challenging tracks in the outback.
Our vehicle of choice has always been the Toyota Landcruiser Troop Carrier. Its off-road performance is outstanding, has great towing capacity and the high clearance which is required in the remote areas we love to travel. The “Troopy” can handle some serious four-wheel driving and ours has seen the likes of the Old Telegraph Track on the Cape York Peninsula in Queensland, the Gibb River Road in the Western Australian Kimberley Region and plenty more around the country.
If you intend to explore the outback and are in the market for a four-wheel drive then we highly recommend a powerful diesel vehicle with high clearance, long range fuel tanks, dual batteries, snorkel, bullbar, winch and a UHF radio. Of course what you choose will depend on your budget and preferences. There is a good selection of high performance four-wheel drives available these days. Do adequate research before making a final decision on what is right for you.
If you’re travelling from overseas then you have the option of hiring or buying suitable transport to meet your travelling needs.
If you choose to hire then shop around for a good deal. There are numerous reputable companies to choose from.
Use this free quote and booking service to find the vehicle that suits your travelling needs and budget. There are many pick up locations to choose from all around the country.
Those of you travelling in a two-wheel drive will no doubt be driving on the main roads so your preparation won’t be as in depth as the four-wheel drivers but still important all the same.
Four-wheel drive enthusiasts have much to prepare before heading off on holidays, particularly when travelling off-road and in outback areas.
It is very important to carry adequate tools, spare parts and recovery gear when travelling off-road.
Equipment & Accessories to consider:
(see 4WDing section for more details)