With over 250,000 visitors to Uluru from all over the world each year, it's a must see tourist destination. Driving in the outback to visit Uluru doesn’t have to be daunting; in fact, the sealed roads allow a comfortable and safe trip without the need for a four wheel drive. Just make sure you fully prepare for the drive. There are various camping options and organised trips available when you arrive so that you can enjoy all the wonders the outback has to offer.
Be prepared before you leave
Before you set off, ensure that you have a map, have checked the route and calculated the driving time. Try and plan for a fifteen minute break every two hours to increase the chances of safe driving. Check your vehicle’s fuel, oil, battery, windscreen wipers, tyres, lights and oil before you hit the road. It's important to let friends or family know where you are travelling and check the weather too. Avoid alcohol the night before and aim for plenty of sleep. Don't forget to charge your mobile phone and most importantly check you have the papers for your car in place.
Some packing essentials
As with any long journey there’s a few essentials to take with you. Food and water are vital in case you breakdown, so cater for ten litres per day per person. It may seem over the top, but take two spare wheels, a shovel in case you get stuck, tool kit, Global Positioning System or a map, torch, matches and a cooler. Finally, check licence requirements for the states you will be driving in and wear comfortable footwear as although it's legal to drive barefoot in Australia, you must be in control of your vehicle.
Why drive to Uluru?
Whether you drive long distance from Darwin or Perth or you fly to Alice Springs and drive from there, there’s alot to do and see on the way. From Alice Springs you can visit Mount Connor, the Finke River and the stunning Rainbow Valley. From Sydney, Adelaide or Melbourne you can drive on the Stuart Highway and enjoy the scenery and get a sense of just how big the country is. When you arrive in the Red Centre there are various accommodation options and ways to see Uluru and the surrounding areas.
It's safe to drive in the Australian outback, but it's certainly worth taking your time before you go to pack safety essentials. Take adequate rests and don't drive at night and always have plenty of water. Remember to enjoy the scenery and the places to stop along the way as driving in the outback is an experience you won't forget.
Posted By JenniferD
Updated : 22nd October 2021 | Words : 438 | Views : 1788