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Street journey necessities for enjoyable adventures in Australia

Do you journey in Australia or are you planning a visit down underneath? We’re frequently requested for gear suggestions, what we’ve added and what we’ve culled from our journey equipment over time so we’ve compiled this checklist of our highway journey necessities.

We’ve fine-tuned it over the previous decade and hope it’s useful to you as you head out in your adventures. Our goal right here is to share concepts, options we’ve discovered and challenges we’ve wanted to beat fairly than promoting any particular person manufacturers, usually you’ll have one thing you may merely repurpose or transfer to your automobile to satisfy a necessity however the place we do have a specific favorite we’ve been utilizing in our equipment for some time I’ll point out or hyperlink it the place accessible.

There have been various classes we’ve realized alongside the way in which so be happy to have fun at our mishaps, take onboard what’s helpful and be happy to share your personal expertise or questions within the feedback part beneath.

Road trip essentials - 4WD at beach with tailgate open

Once we moved to Australia in 2007 we knew we needed to discover it from tip to Tassie, Steep Level within the west to Cape Byron within the east. With such an unlimited nation to discover, we nonetheless have many key locations and lots of these spots to get to nevertheless it has been an unbelievable journey of discovery and never one we plan to cease any time quickly.

For us proper now, it appears a super time to give attention to a deep dive into regional Australia. We’ve received an unlimited checklist of locations and journey analysis underway for the subsequent 12 months and plenty of journeys underneath our belt already so it appeared a very good time to place collectively this text sharing our highway journey necessities gear information.

Through the years we’ve added to our equipment the place there was a spot and decluttered ruthlessly the place one thing simply didn’t serve us any longer. We’ve compiled this checklist from our 15+ years of expertise in Australia to incorporate the massive stuff and the small that you just may need to take into consideration whether or not it’s a weekender you’re headed off on or the massive lap across the exterior.

The touring automobile

Whether or not you reside in Australia or are visiting from abroad you’ll discover that getting round exterior the foremost cities and not using a non-public automobile of some type is absolutely difficult. It can significantly restrict what you get to see and do.

Our private choice for touring is a 4-wheel drive however if you’re planning to hire or an enormous automobile isn’t sensible on your day by day life then they aren’t the one possibility. You may get into lots of the locations you might be more likely to need to go on sealed roads. It shocked me to be taught that you may get all the way in which to Uluru, the center of Australia on sealed roads however many routes are nonetheless unsealed so that you’ll need to do a little analysis earlier than you hit the highway.

Dirt road to Wongi Waterholes, Queensland

It’s additionally fairly potential to drive many dust roads safely in a 2WD automotive. We took a Falcon Sport with a skirt and spoiler equipment on dust roads many instances over time however personally, I wouldn’t have needed to do a very lengthy journey that method. In case you are hiring a automotive ensure you examine the foundations. There could be exclusions for travelling on dust roads and on automotive ferries which could be costly you probably have a mishap working exterior of the rental guidelines.

A Toyota Landcruiser might be the last word, we’ve pushed and towed a caravan with one and it’s true, they’re completely a super automobile for that however they aren’t within the price range for many people and there are many alternate options. We selected the Pajero Sport a few years in the past and completely find it irresistible.

The driving place took a little bit of getting used to after my little sports activities coupe however it’s so snug for lengthy days on the highway. That further highway clearance and 4WD possibility simply make every thing much less hectic, we’ll fortunately tow the right-sized van with it and it suits a heap of drugs within the again.

Our inside automobile hacks

The important thing to getting most enjoyment out of road-tripping has been getting the automobile kitted up nicely so we are able to retailer what we want and get to it simply. It’s value placing a little bit of artistic thought and ingenuity into it or investing in a number of the easy additions that may make an extended day within the automotive that contact extra fulfilling.

I’m a bit on the shorter facet so the addition of an Australian Merino seatbelt pad has made all of the distinction. It stops the webbing of the seatbelt from rubbing and slicing into my neck and being sheepskin it’s snug in both scorching or cooler climate.

Whether or not I’m packing into the automotive, caravan or suitcase I really like my packing cubes. I introduced good high quality ones years in the past they usually have lasted the gap. We’ve got units of multi-sized cubes in two totally different colors making it simpler to find what we’re searching for with out tipping every thing out on the ground in frustration.

We hold a set of bungee cords useful for locking every thing down so it doesn’t transfer for those who cease all of the sudden or journey on rougher roads.

I additionally hold a few massive storage tubs or chub packing containers that assist hold smaller objects collectively so you may shortly put your palms on what you might be searching for. Color coding or labels enable you to discover what you need even sooner.

The short-access assortment

Then there are these bits which are completely important if you want them whether or not you’ve got popped out for a couple of hours or a few months. Ideally, they’re inside arm’s attain from the entrance of the automotive. A number of that I’d embody listed below are:

  • A few garbage baggage which are simple to entry in transit. They roll up tiny and safe with a rubber band or hair tie which may or may not even be helpful in some unspecified time in the future.
  • Sun shades. Whereas I’ll hardly ever go away the home with out my sunnies having a pair that lives within the automobile has been a trip-saver a few instances now. In the event you put on prescription lenses they are often an older pair however a latest sufficient prescription that you may legally drive in them. It’s stunning how usually the solar seems when least anticipated otherwise you discover you might be caught in visitors whereas headed dwelling with the solar low on the horizon.
  • The coin/money stash. A coin purse or zip lock bag with cash or small notes which are simple to seize for stuff like market parking in small cities, the produce cart in conjunction with the highway that has 4 good sized avocados for a greenback, sure that does nonetheless sometimes occur when you get out of town and another little incidentals.
  • A reusable buying bag is helpful for any provides you need to decide up alongside the way in which supporting native companies and on the side-of-the-road stalls.
  • Scorching cups are at all times a part of our equipment. We use double-walled stainless-steel ones that hold our drinks piping scorching (or chilly) for over 6 hours and by no means leak even once they’ve bounced round within the pack for hours, admittedly they’re wanting a bit scratched and dented at this level however they work in addition to ever. I additionally love those beneath that had been bought from an artist at a market stall in Hervey Bay they hold the drink scorching for round 2 hours and are nice on an on a regular basis foundation.
Butterfly landed on painted hot cup in Manly Marina
  • Hand sanitiser and/or wipes. It might need grow to be a scorching merchandise not too long ago nevertheless it’s one thing that has at all times been part of our automotive equipment and at all times might be. Travelling means usually utilizing public amenities and never at all times having optimum circumstances. They’re tremendous useful to wash up earlier than placing collectively your picnic or snacking in your highway journey treats.
  • Reusable water bottles are usually not solely higher for the setting however an enormous cost-saving. Faucet water is secure to drink throughout Australia except for some public faucets you may see in locations like Nationwide parks that say ‘non-pottable’ which simply means it’s not appropriate for consuming, cooking or washing issues like consuming utensils. It’s normally rain or bore water.
  • Mints and ‘sucky’ sweets are one other fixed to freshen us up or supply a micro-break alongside the way in which. Onerous sweets final for much longer in a container within the automotive and are much less more likely to find yourself in a melted sticky lump.
  • Any drugs you may want all through the day, both as a result of they have to be stored on a schedule or one thing you may want by the way like panadol or ibuprofen.

The esky or journey fridge

We name an icebox or cooler an esky in Australia, in New Zealand it’s a cold bin, they’re completely important for the day-to-day, college lunches and picnics however the Waeco (journey fridge) takes {that a} step additional if you’re travelling any distance. It may be powered in your automobile as you drive and at your vacation spot, it plugs into mains you probably have the choice, and it may be set to not solely refrigerate however freeze for those who want it to and has a bit thermal jacket that makes it much more environment friendly.

3 way Waeco travel fridge

Meals security is an element within the Australian local weather, particularly up in Queensland and the NT. I like to replenish at native producers and farm gates alongside the way in which and nobody needs a boring picnic in order that must be stored chilly too. When you get off the primary stretch it’s usually not sensible to purchase as you go. For example, an excellent rainforest getaway that we love from Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast is the Bunya Mountains however you do must go in self-sufficient with most of your meals for the week.

A journey towel

I now hold certainly one of our journey towels inside its pouch within the passenger door. Even when we aren’t planning on swimming it frequently will get pulled into service after we’ve been for an unplanned stroll on the seaside and need to wash off our toes earlier than heading dwelling, it really works as a picnic blanket and will get added to our pack if we’re mountaineering or strolling.

black and white towel on rock above Warringa Pool on Purling Brook Track
At Warringa Pool beneath the waterfalls on the Purling Brook observe, Springbrook Nationwide Park

This cute black and white journey towel is the Phoenix by Tesalate. The bonus of journey towels over typical seaside towels is that they’re much smaller and lighter to hold however they nonetheless take in the water very well. The sand simply shakes off this one and it dries a lot sooner than a standard towel.


A sunhat is crucial to guard from the burning solar and within the bush is extremely advisable particularly in summer season for defense from ticks. I hold a smooth Nike working cap completely within the glove field so it’s simple to seize and a foldable journey hat with a wider brim will get packed after we’re going out for the day.

A smooth heat layer for contained in the automobile

Turning on the heating could make you are feeling drowsy when driving so we’ll normally decide to pop on an extra layer if we get a bit cooler alongside the way in which. I wish to have one thing that’s smooth and a relaxed match if potential for consolation and performance. I usually hold a skinny merino wrap behind my seat so it’s simple to seize and the journey towel I discussed in my door pocket can be smooth and has been repurposed as a wrap or blanket a couple of instances now. It’s been particularly helpful up within the hills the place it could possibly chill down all of the sudden within the afternoon.

Jackets for getting out and exploring

Relying on the season I would change out the jacket however most frequently a lightweight waterproof jacket is stowed only for emergencies. It’s a single layer and folds up further small into its personal pocket making it my go-to possibility to depart within the automotive.

Toni at strangler fig on Mary Cairncross boardwalk

Over the winter I favoured a black windproof shell layer with a fleecy inside that I picked up at Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland in Rotorua once I received caught quick by a final summer season chilly snap in New Zealand. It was an absolute discount for an emergency buy in a vacationer store however it’s good for our Queensland winter which doesn’t actually get that chilly in coastal areas. It rolls up fairly compact and tucks neatly into the hood such as you would with a ski jacket.

A complete first-aid equipment

Each automotive would ideally have a primary assist equipment however if you stay in a metropolis and solely journey quick distances to the retailers, work or to drop off the youngsters it may be simple to miss. If you end up touring or taking a long-distance highway journey in Australia it’s completely important that you’ve one and that it’s comprehensively stocked with contemporary components. Saline resolution and sterile dressings expire and tape loses its stick over time within the warmth of the automobile.


I’ve a full article I revealed some years again and not too long ago up to date on what to incorporate in an Australian journey first assist equipment however to recap a couple of of our necessities and a few non-standard objects that have to be added to most pre-made kits:

  • Sunscreen. Goes with out saying – the solar here’s a killer, actually.
  • Insect repellant. Largely for consolation however the mosquito is the world’s deadliest animal and we do have a few of these mosquito-borne ailments right here in Australia.
  • Elastic bandage. Helpful if it’s important to stroll again from a hike with a mildly sprained foot and it’s the first first assist for snake bites. I think about it like a talisman or umbrella, by carrying it I hope meaning I’ll by no means want to make use of it but when I do I’m ready.
  • Actually sticky duct tape or wax strips. What don’t you want duct tape to repair? Plus for those who’ve ever had a brush with the Australian stinging tree you’ll hope these aren’t distant. Even the faintest contact is extremely painful. Drew was engaged on eradicating the microscopic barbs from his arm for weeks and he barely brushed the leaves of a younger plant on the fringe of the observe. The tape or strips used as quickly as potential are the best method of getting the little fibres out of the pores and skin.
  • A small bottle of vinegar. The acidity works for deactivating the sting and lowering the ache from jellyfish stings. Some individuals say the identical works for wasps and bee stings.

Seaside chairs and sunshades

I wouldn’t have listed these as necessities a decade in the past however as I’ve received a couple of years older I don’t have a difficulty selecting consolation first. I additionally had the fairly embarrassing state of affairs of getting my butt stung by bull ants whereas sitting on a blanket at a seaside park years in the past so now I like to offer them a respectful distance. In case you are travelling for some time a snug however mild and easy-to-carry camp chair is crucial however I’m significantly contemplating including some low sand chairs for day journeys to the seaside.

Cool Cabana on Woodgate beach

With the Aussie solar, we additionally carry a solar shelter. For years we had a small flat flip-out however after one too many afternoons questioned if I used to be ever going to recollect the key manoeuvre to fold it again into its carry bag we upgraded to a Cool Cabana. It’s an excellent possibility when there isn’t a pure shade accessible, it offers a heap of shade for the dimensions and weight it packs down into, and it’s sturdy and simple to place up and down.

Stable plans to remain caffeinated

Frequent relaxation stops assist the motive force keep refreshed and alert. Understanding you’ve got a very good espresso arising makes it value stopping. We use a wide range of choices to ensure we now have a very good brew ready and don’t need to depend on a drive-through or storage.

pouring water from thermos into cup with drip coffee bag in mountains

We’ve talked about scorching cups above, we’ll normally go away dwelling or our present base with a scorching drink in these. Then there are drip espresso baggage made with premium domestically roasted espresso, for those who haven’t tried them don’t write them off too swiftly these are NOT the identical as espresso baggage.

Our third possibility is the Nanopresso that we’ve written about beforehand, it makes use of both freshly floor espresso or the comfort of your favorite pods and is stress extracted to make a superb espresso. It’s additionally small to pack within the automotive and light-weight sufficient to soak up the day pack. We significantly like the chance to purchase native and decide up a small bag of espresso from boutique roasters with this selection.

Frequent driver reviver stops save lives so we think about our espresso a crucial a part of our highway journey planning.

Rising up as a Kiwi child and now having fun with life as a Queenslander; naked toes, jandals or thongs have been the footwear of alternative. As I’ve gotten a bit older I do admire a bit extra the work my toes do to maintain up with my grand plans. Whereas I’m no shoe collector I’ve added a couple of sneakers that at the moment are a necessary a part of my journey equipment that I could not at all times have discovered a spot for.

With reference to thongs, the Archies excessive arch thongs had been my saviour whereas recovering from a 12 months of plantar fasciitis ache and now there may be at all times a pair within the automotive in a bag underneath the seat for once I want them and one other at dwelling.

I mentioned goodbye to mountaineering boots years in the past once I realised I used to be by no means going to seek out them snug and that my ankles had been simply as nicely supported with a very good pair of mountaineering sneakers. Now I’m by no means removed from my Merrell Moab mountaineering sneakers, they’re so snug, maneuverable and grippy on the similar time. Mud is much less of a difficulty in most locations we hike now and it seems they’re simply as simple to wash as leather-based was.

Merrell Moab hiking shoes in front of bush and Lake Awoonga backdrop
Christening a brand new pair of Merrells at Lake Awoonga after lastly strolling the soles off the final set in Tamborine Mountain.

The third important shoe in my journey assortment is a pair of all-terrain sneakers by Tropicfeel. I really like my Monsoons in black, they appear identical to sneakers however they take you from the pavement to the seaside to mild trails and onto the reef. They’ve good grip, sufficient stability to comfortably go rock hopping and they’re water-friendly.

Tropicfeel canyon core black

They’re good to swim or kayak in tropical waters the place the danger of standing on a pointy piece of coral or a stone fish is greater, or simply for scrambling out and in over the rocks. If you end up accomplished they dry quick and aren’t uncomfortable to put on moist after you’ve been for a swim underneath a waterfall. I’ve accomplished a full evaluate on these that covers why I really like them for many of our highway journey situations but in addition what they aren’t appropriate for.

Figuring out and refining our highway journey necessities over time ensures we now have the appropriate gear available to take pleasure in our journey and on a regular basis life whereas not weighing ourselves down with a complete lot of gimmicks that may be pricey and pointless litter.

Do you’ve got a journey important for the traditional highway journey that you just’d add to this checklist? Go away your ideas within the feedback beneath.

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