Australia Itinerary: Self Drive
Planning a Trip
Before any road trip, either short or long, it is important to be prepared. The following are a few tips to ensure a comfortable, safe, enjoyable and memorable trip.
Passes and Permits
Passes and Permits are necessary for travelling through certain parts of the Outback Australia and should be organised well before you begin the journey. If travelling into the desert parks of northern South Australia, you will need to obtain a Desert Parks Pass. It is issued by the Department of Heritage and Environment. Passes include detailed maps as well as information on first aid and survival skills.
What to take.
As a good deal of your holiday may be spent driving in the car, make sure you take lots of comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. Even if travelling in summer, take at least one set of warm clothing because nights can still get cool in many inland parts of the continent. Soft luggage bags are ideal for packing as they can be squashed into small tight spaces. Essential items that you should not forget when travelling in Australia include plenty of water, hats, walking shoes and good socks, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent and a camera. It is also a good idea to have tissues, snacks and maps in the car within easy reach. Remember to take important documents with you, such as your driver’s licence, vehicle registration, the details of your insurance policy, emergency contacts and medical prescriptions. It is also worthwhile making a note of any allergies you are aware of and your blood type.