Car Hire in Australia: The Outback

Filed under: Car Hire in Australia — Tags: , , , — admin @ 12:04 pm January 27, 2011

At some undefined point “the bush” of Australia becomes “the outback”, a mass of sun-baked, treacherous land stretching thousands of kilometres across internal Australia. Although the Indian Pacific railway traverses the continent from Sydney to Perth (taking about three days), most folks intent on exploring the Australian outback have one option – cheap car hire.

Cheap car hire in Australia is a fairly accessible thing. A lot of bush and outback roads are poorly maintained, but car hire companies are familiar with such landscape issues and are generally happy to tutor you a little on situations such as what to do if your car becomes stuck in sand etc (let a little air out of the tyres to increase the surface area)

Top advice tends to focus around not going off-road, always carry a good map (before setting out it’s a good idea to ask a few locals if there are any landmarks they could note on your maps which aren’t labelled), always carry extra fuel, water and emergency rations (around 2litres of water per person and 20litres of fuel) and make sure a reliable person has your driving schedule. Many outback driving route start points are in relatively small towns, the inhabitants of which will likely be able to point you in the direction of a local or district tourist officer who can take note of your plans.

Exploring Australia with a car hire is one of the cheapest, most gratifying ways in which to see everything she has to offer.

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