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Planning your self-drive trip to the Outback

The Australian Outback can seem so remote and isolated and planning your self-drive adventure requires a lot of preparation. There is no doubt about it, the Red Centre is a big place and knowing where to find food and fuel stops is just as important as the journey itself.

Fuel and food stops can often be between 100 km and 300 km apart. Travelling in remote areas may require you to carry additional fuel because some remote service stations have restricted opening hours and limited credit card facilities. It is advisable to carry basic supplies such as a tyre jack, spare tyre, tyre repair kit, radiator hoses, fan belt, tow rope and ignition parts. It is also very important to carry plenty of water. Here is a great checklist to help you prepare for your self-drive journey in the Outback before you leave home.

DIY Tourguide offers tours from Alice Springs to Uluru and Kings Canyon, and along the Red Centre Way (West MacDonnell Ranges)

GET INSPIRED! Take a sneak peek at what you can see along the West MacDonnell Ranges in this quick slide-show.

Take the hard work out of planning your self-drive adventure and find the nearest fuel, food and accommodation here.