Our States and Territories
It is important to take into consideration that in the Northern and Outback Areas of Australia, it can and does get extremely hot and humid, especially around our summer months. The Far North areas have a Summer Wet Season that can cause road closures in some areas. The best time of year to visit the Northern Areas of Australia is April to September.
Public Toilet List
This list is priceless when travelling. It shows public toilet lists for all States and Territories in Australia.
Driving in the outback can be very rewarding and very hazardous. The outback should never be driven into without prior planning. It is a very vast area and finding someone who is lost out there is a huge challenge. If you break down or get lost 'NEVER LEAVE YOUR VEHICLE'. A vehicle is easier to find than a person. Click the following link to get a very good understanding of what you need to do before heading into the outback. There are some terrific tips on what to do while you are in the outback, emergency numbers etc. Take the time to thoroughly read through this and print it out if necessary and take it with you.
The few tips that are in this site, could make the difference between a fantastic trip or a trip that you would rather forget.
Click here to find out more: Outback Driving
Total Area of Northern Territory is 1,335,742 square kilometres.
Be prepared to travel long distances between places in NT. Always carry plenty of water for each person as well as your vehicle, it can get very hot.
Roadside Rest Areas in the Northern Territory are different for light vehicles (eg: cars) and Heavy Vehicles ( eg: Trucks and Road Trains). Roadside Stops to find out which roadside stops are the best ones to stop at so that you don't put your vehicle or family in the way of trucks and roadtrains. This link will direct you to the Northern Territory Transport Group website, that can give you all the details of what each roadside stop has eg: toilets and it can also tell you where it is.
Also on the site is a list of Fuel Outlets on the Northern Territory's National Routes. Print this out and take it with you. This is a valuable piece of paper when you are running low on fuel! The last thing you want to do is to run out of fuel in the Outback.
Take the time to check this site out and print out the relevant pages that you need and take this with you. It can save you a lot of time and you can plan your trip to be just that little bit easier and safer.
Total Area of New South Wales is 800,642 square kilometres.
There are many Roadside Stops in New South Wales. These are sometimes built specifically for trucks only or cars only. At times they are built for both. New South Wales also has 'Driver Reviver Stops', especially during peak holiday times. Always when travelling, take a few minutes to stop at these and have a break. Please take the time to check out the New South Wales Road Traffic Authority site. This has many different routes that you can specifically click on and get the required information that you need, then simply print out the paper and take it with you. These are very detailed and are very handy to have.
Total Area of South Australia is 983,482 square kilometres.
Driving conditions in South Australia can vary from Coastal, Rural and City to the Outback. Conditions of these roads can also vary. Please check out the following link to the Rest Maps of South Australia. This is a PDF and is well set out for ease of use and you can print out the sections that apply to you.
Total Area of Queensland is 1.730,648 square kilometres.
Driving in Queensland you can come across cattle, kangaroo's and even trains that run on rubber wheels instead of tracks! The best way for you to find out the driving conditions of Queensland, is to visit the Glove Box Guide to Road Safety in Queensland. It is well worth printing this out to take with you on your trip.
*at the time of launching this site, a list of road side stop in Queensland was not available. I will continue to look into this and put a link here as soon as one becomes available.
As the ACT is located inside New South Wales and has a total area of only 2,358 square kilometers, please refer to New South Wales for driving tips.
Total Area of Victoria is 227,416 square kilometers.
Due to Victoria being a failry small state, you could be driving in a dense rainsforest and in only a couple of hours, be driving in the snow or a few more hours, be in the desert! The driving conditions vary so much in such a small state. For a detailed map of road side stops in Victoria, please click the following link: Drivers Guide
Total Area of Tasmania is 68,401. The official website of Tasmania has so much to offer - for all details relating to driving conditions, distances, maps, fuel, and much more, take a look at Self Drive
Total Area of Western Australia in square kilometers is 2,529,875
Western Australia is a massive state. It takes several days to drive from the southern end to the northern end of the state. In the south, you can be driving in anything from old Gold mining areas to the Karri forests - one of the tallest trees in the world, to agricultural areas as well as coastal. In the middle part of the state is mostly desert. The northern part of the state becomes tropical.
The best way to find out about Western Australia's driving conditions and more is to go here:
Long Distances in Australia
One of the most important elements of planning your holiday is to allow enough time to travel the long distances we have here in Australia. We have provided the following distance chart below which outlines the kilometers between major cities and towns. Many people under estimate the distances between cities and towns in Australia.
Make sure every 2 hours that you stop for at least a 15 minute break.