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Driving in the Outback

BROKEN HILL | 19-21 AUG 2021

Getting to Broken Hill is all part of the journey, and there's so many places to go and things to see and do on the way!

Visit NSW has a some great Outback Road Trip Essentials to help you plan and prepare for your great adventure!

If you are planning on driving on any dirt roads on your journey, it's wise to keep up to date with outback road conditions in the lead up to the Mundi Mundi Bash. Plan your route, and have a few alternate routes up your sleeve in case your preferred route doesn't work out. Outback roads can often be closed after local rain, however they will usually re-open reasonably quickly as well. Evaluate all options, and work out extra travel times, and if you can, leave a few days spare in case you need to make detours.

Broken Hill is generally accessible by 2WD on sealed roads at all times. If your journey is taking you a little further off the main routes, it's wise to keep up to date with Local Road Conditions, particularly if there has been recent rain, or if it's on the forecast ahead.

Use this summary site to check relevant councils on your route. (We have found this site has a good summary of all the links and contact numbers for all mainland states and territories of Australia.) http://www.burkeandwills.net.au/followingburkeandwills/road_reports.htm

Don’t forget to join the Travelling to the Mundi Mundi Bash Facebook group which is also a great place to find out more about road conditions and routes from fellow festival goers and travellers.

Safe Driving Guidelines

Our driving guidelines have been developed in association with Police, road safety authorities, local council and outback experts:

  1. Plan your driving to be off the roads by sunset - it's not worth pressing on due to the risk of hitting roos or black cows wandering onto the road.
  2. Take scheduled breaks every couple of hours - enjoy the local towns and hospitality to break your journey.
  3. Don't overtake in dusty conditions - you can't see what's ahead. If you come up behind a slower vehicle hang back out of the dust, be patient or stop and take an early break and have a roadside cuppa.
  4. If you come across a truck going the other way that's raising dust, slow down, get off the road, stop and wait until it's gone past.
  5. Outback roads can be poorly cambered with a loose surface - even the straight sections have caused experienced drivers to come unstuck. Drive slower than normal - enjoy the outback scenery.

We look forward to seeing you all arrive safely at the Bash.