The Australian Outback is one of the most unforgiving pieces of paradise in the world – and not surprisingly, many see it as a land to be conquered. Which is what makes it so enticing – both to locals and to tourists.
But, it’s called unforgiving for a reason – and that’s because of the extremes that are inherent out in the bush. Only the hardest of the hard can make it out and survive out in the bush – and that’s an echelon reserved for the original inhabitants of the land – as well as those who are tough enough to brave the elements.
Now before you go all Christopher McCandless and head straight into the wild with willy-nilly, know that literally roughing it in the outback can be dangerous especially to those who aren’t used to it – first timers are better off opting to first join a group of experienced guides into the outback, to just get a taste of it.
There are plenty of tour companies that ply the route of the Outback, from novice to expert, and they are a great place to start putting you through the paces of what is sure to be an arduous, testing, yet altogether rewarding and outright beautiful experience through the heartland of Australia’s original inhabitants.
If you really want to experience the authentic indigenous experience, then there are also great indigenous cultural tours in the Outback that will give you a real enriching experience.
That being said, there are still precautions to be taken, and items not to be forgotten – and that’s 7 we list down for you right here, regardless of whether you go it alone (not really advised), or go with an experienced group (much better).
1. Plan Your Trip With The Local Authorities
This goes without saying – never, ever, EVER head for the bush without letting the local authorities know, especially if you are going it alone. The reputable tour groups will have this sorted out for you as part of the package.
2. Stay Close To Your Vehicle At All Times
Never venture out too far from your vehicle, which should be stocked up with all the necessary equipment you need to survive – out here is no place to trifle with, as you can get lost in a matter of seconds once the elements kick in. Buy things like lanterns, coolers and stoves to store in your car beforehand, via websites like Tents and Camp Gear. Also pack a tent that can withstand every element, because conditions can change in a heartbeat out in the Outback.
3. There Is No Coverage In The Bush
Some parts of the bush are totally remote and thus will render your smartphone into a brick, if you need to make calls.
4. Take A GPS and Map
For when your smartphone can’t do the job, an old-fashioned map or a GPS built for this purpose will do it.
5. Small Hand Tools And Other Sundries
Make sure to have a drag chain, some form of cordage like industrial-strength rope, and a small axe or saw in your vehicle for those areas that you may need them. You can never be overprepared for the bush.
6. Don’T Forget The Fundamentals
A first aid kit comes to mind – and all the provisions you need for your health.
7. Protect Yourself At All Times
A good hat, a good pair of sunglasses, sunblock, and the appropriate wear for camping out in the bush – you may find yourself laughing at yourself for looking too much the part, but sunburns and spider bites are no laughing matter especially out in the bush.