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Going remote? Check out our tips before you go.

The Top End is a four-wheel driver’s dream. Breathtaking sights and roads that will give you miles and miles of adventure. Smart four-wheel drivers know the value of time spent preparing for any trip, not matter how long they may be. But some of the most exhilarating drives require you to venture out into the more remote parts of the Territory. And this needs planning.

Before you head out for the wild blue yonder, we thought we’d give you a bit of a hand with your planning. It’ll help take the stress out of your preparation, so you can get the most out your trip.

More is more

You really don’t want to be caught out driving on fumes until you get to the next service station. Always pack more food, water, and fuel than you think you’ll need. If something happens on your journey, you want to make sure you have enough supplies to see you through until help arrives.

Do your research

Driving conditions can change frequently in the Top End. Depending on what time of year you embark on your journey, road access can be severely limited because of flooding. There may also be scheduled (or unscheduled) burn offs in the area, which will affect accessibility. Through the website you can get updates as to road conditions and closures.

You may also need to consider whether your route enters Aboriginal land. Entry into Aboriginal Land requires a permit, which you can organise through the Northern Land Council before leaving home.


For many travellers, the calm and isolation of the Outback is one of the best things about four-wheel driving. But you need the peace of mind that you can contact civilisation from even the most remote locations.

The reach of the average mobile phone does have its limits, and you can’t always rely on getting signal if you are going remote, no matter what your service provider claims! If you get into trouble on the road and you need to get help quickly, you’ll need another form of communication.

While CB radios are a great way of chatting to your travelling companions in other vehicles, you need something with a bit more range if you need to contact the nearest town. A satellite phone or HF radio are great investments if you go remote regularly. Although there are pros and cons attached to each, they can both be relied upon should you find yourself in a tight spot.

If the cost of buying the equipment makes you grimace, then you can hire HF radios for shorter trips.

Leave a plan

Solo travel is not usually recommended if you intend to go remote; however, many travellers enjoy the freedom of going it alone.

If you do wish to make a solo expedition, then make sure you leave a detailed plan with someone at home of where you are going, the route you will take, and how long you will be gone. This is a good practice to get into whenever you go remote, regardless of how many travelling companions you have.

Going solo also means that you need to ensure you organise reliable communication for your trip.

Know your limits

We know how you feel. You’ve just got a shiny new set of wheels and you want to get out there and get them dirty. But before you head out, take a moment to realistically assess your four-wheel driving skills. Remote four-wheel driving can throw up a whole range of driving conditions – sand dunes, river crossings, mud, corrugations, rocks – each one requiring a different set of driving skills.

If you’re new to four-wheel driving, you need to learn how to navigate your way safely over different terrain.

Before you set out on your travels, why not spend a little time on a four-wheel drive course? It’ll give you the confidence to handle any situations you might encounter on the road.

Remember, we’re always available in store to answer any questions you might have about anything four-wheel drive related. Stop by and see us before you head out.

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