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Watch your speed!

Watch your speed!

Outside built-up areas, the default speed limit in the Northern Territory is 110 km/hr. A speed limit of 130 km/hr applies on some parts of major Northern Territory Highways, such as the Stuart Highway between Alice Springs and Uluru (Ayers Rock). Other speed limits may apply in some areas.

Water – the stuff of life!

Water – the stuff of life!

Always carry water on you when travelling in the Outback. You should carry spare water in your car and drink water regularly throughout the day to keep from dehydrating. In summer, when undertaking any outdoor activity it is 1 for 1 – one litre every hour.

Speed Limits

Speed Limits

Built-up Area: the speed limit in built-up areas in the Northern Territory is 60 km/hr, unless a sign indicates that another speed limit applies.

* Disclaimer: DIY Tourguide takes no responsibility if speed limits change

Long Distance and Fatigue

Long Distance and Fatigue

Driving long distances in hot weather can cause fatigue and lead to accidents. STOP and REST at least every two hours, change drivers, take a walk, drink some water.

Single Vehicle Rollovers

Single Vehicle Rollovers

Slow down on unsealed roads and don’t overcorrect if you drift off the edge of the road. Even sealed roads in the Northern Territory can be narrow.

4WD Vehicles

4WD Vehicles

Take extra care in 4WD vehicles. Handling characteristics differ from standard passenger cars, such as the effect of high winds. Engage 4WD when travelling on unsealed roads.

Wandering Stock and Small Animals

Wandering Stock and Small Animals

Always look out for wandering animals on or near the road and avoid travelling at night. Swerving to miss small animals on the road can lead to loss of control of the vehicle.

Alcohol

Alcohol

The legal limit in the Northern Territory is 0.05 BAC. The safest level is zero for long drives, as alcohol can lead to the onset of fatigue.

Road Trains

Road Trains

Road trains are up to 53.5m long and 2.5m wide and have three trailers. Allow at least one kilometre of clear road ahead before overtaking. Give plenty of notice if you are in front and are coming to a stop.

Caravans

Caravans

Ensure your caravan is loaded evenly, and slow down on corrugated surfaces if driving on dirt roads. Please be courteous and pull over where safe, to let faster drivers pass you.

Dust

Dust

On unsealed roads, slow down or stop until dust settles and no longer obscures your vision. Watch for approaching vehicles throwing up stones and only overtake if your vision is clear.

Aboriginal Land

Aboriginal Land

A permit is required when travelling on roads over Aboriginal land. Obtain from local tourist centres.

Pedestrians

Pedestrians

Pedestrians may be encountered on town or rural roads. Be particularly careful at night.

Travelling with Pets

Travelling with Pets

Dogs and cats cannot be taken into any Northern Territory National Park and many caravan parks do not allow pets. The Tourism Central Australia Visitor Information Centre can provide advice about dog kennels and catteries in Alice Springs.