Motorists need to prepare before they go outback: RACQ

With motorists using outback Queensland roads to avoid COVID-19 related border restrictions, RACQ has warned drivers not to make the journey west unless they are well-prepared for what can be difficult driving conditions.

Brisbane Times reported there had been an influx in tourists taking lengthy trips through the State’s outback to return to Victoria and avoid travelling through New South Wales because of border restrictions.

RACQ spokesperson Clare Hunter said drivers should be well-prepared for Queensland’s terrain and conditions.

“We know people are desperate to return home after the holiday season, but travelling through remote parts of the State is no joke and can quickly become dangerous for you and your family, especially if you’re unprepared.” Ms Hunter said.

“The trip between Queensland and Victoria takes more than two days along outback roads, many of which are unsealed and shouldn’t be attempted on a whim.

“If you’re driving on these roads remember to map the journey in advance, let others know your plans, organise your rest stops and make sure you’re stocked with plenty of food, water and fuel.

“Make sure your vehicle is up to the challenge because many of these roads require a well-maintained four-wheel-drive. In this situation, unless you have all the gear, you have no idea.”

Ms Hunter urged drivers to make sure their roadside assistance and insurance was up to date before they set off.

“A break down on outback roads presents a myriad of challenges, especially if there are caravans to consider, so it’s important that your roadside assistance covers you for the trip you intend to make,” she said.

“RACQ has contractors across the State but it could even take us up to five hours to get to the most isolated break down – so keep that in mind.”

Motorist could plan their routes at RACQ Road Conditions before they set off.