Since I was 10 years old, one of my dreams was to go to Australia to cross the Outback in my own car. I don’t remember exactly anymore why and how it started but the thoughts were always there… I still can’t believe that I finally fulfilled that dream! I spent two weeks in the Outback and it was an epic experience that I would do again whenever somebody would ask me to join. I loved every single minute of it and I am so happy that I did it. I had to plan a couple of things and want to share my experiences with you here:

My car, Howi, in the Painted Desert
My car, Howi, in the Painted Desert

First of all, if you want to explore the Outback: DON’T GO ALONE! Because you need to drive up to 8 hours per day to reach the next accommodation and you should split those driving hours at least between two people. Moreover, it could get boring alone and it is safer to be accompanied in case something happens. If you aren’t travelling in a group already, find somebody who you want to spend the time with. But you should know: you will spend A LOT of time 24/7 together driving in the car or enjoying the different places. Choose wisely as in the Outback you won’t meet so many other people. ^^ Last but not least, it is so much more fun with at least one other person: “Happiness is better when shared.”

Second, have a good car to drive in the Outback: best is to have a 4-wheel-drive (4WD) car to get through the Outback on all the different kind of roads. The car HAS TO HAVE a good working air-condition as well, otherwise it is getting way too hot in the car! I would recommend to have an insurance of a road-side assistant as well – just in case. We met a lot of people who had trouble with their cars. Thank God, nothing happened to our car! Choose wisely when you buy or rent your car! Let it checked by a mechanic before leaving telling them that you are planning to travel the Outback.

Get everything fixed the mechanic tells you. In case you need a mechanic in the Outback you will pay a lot more!

My beloved 4WD car Howi driving perfectly on the dirt roads in the East MacDonnell Ranges
My beloved 4WD car Howi driving perfectly on the dirt roads in the East MacDonnell Ranges

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Juliane Boll

Juliane Boll was born in Berlin, Germany and never missed an opportunity to travel around the world, get in touch with foreign people and to learn new languages to communicate easier with locals. With her 27 years she visited already 27 countries and lived in 5 of them for longer (Germany, Canada, Belgium, Spain and Brazil). She is a medical doctor but decided to go see the world instead of working in a hospital right now. She will write about her experiences travelling alone.