Driving in Australia is a unique experience and a road trip through the outback is an opportunity not to be passed up!

What will be obvious to anyone that commences their car hire in Sydney or Melbourne is that as you leave the city, the landscape starts to change.

Not only will the lush vegetation of coastal regions slowly give way to the red soils and amazing environment of the desert, but the true mammoth scale of the country will come into focus.

Taking a trip through the outback requires some special planning before you head off on your car hire adventure.

Plan your stops

It's always important to plan your trip, but when driving in remote regions it can be critical.

In some areas you may go for hundreds of kilometres without passing a service station. This means you need to be sure you have enough petrol to last the distance.

Sit down with a map before your trip and plot your course. As well as planning where to stop for rest, refreshments and toilet breaks, be sure to take note of where you will have the opportunity to fill up on petrol.

Know where you can go

Hiring a car from East Coast Rentals is your key to travel freedom! However there are some restrictions on where you can drive.

Make sure you know these well so that your journey can go off without a hitch!

Travel is not permitted into or out of the Northern Territory, Western Australia or Tasmania, and your vehicle cannot be taken onto Kangaroo Island, Bruny Island, Fraser Island, Magnetic Island, Groote Eylandt, Gove Peninsula or the Tiwi Islands.

There are also several travel restrictions within Queensland that you will need to be aware of before heading out – you can learn about these by reading our booking terms and conditions.