Safe Travel

When travelling on outback roads, be sure to drive to the road conditions and watch out for wandering stock and wildlife.


Diamantina Shire Council Road Conditions

Queensland Road Conditions:

South Australian Road Conditions:

Northern Territory Road Conditions:

Visitors should carry appropriate means of communication, and be aware that mobile coverage is very limited in the shire. At a minimum, travellers driving to the region should have a UHF Radio and be aware of its operation. Another sensible purchase is a satellite phone.

When travelling in the region we strongly suggest carrying at least two spare tyres and adequate drinking water. If you do break-down please stay with your vehicle – DO NOT LEAVE YOUR VEHICLE IF STRANDED. 

The Diamantina Shire welcomes travellers from across Australia to the far west on their outback Queensland adventure.  The Diamantina is an RV and Caravan friendly region with the most amazing events and outback experiences.  When travelling, it's important to do so safely, so we've provided some important information to make your journey safe and enjoyable.

Check List for Travelling to Remote Australia:

  • UHF radio
  • Satellite phone
  • Mobile phone(Full Telstra and Optus) on a plan that includes Bedourie and Birdsville ( Telstra has now added  Telstra Towers at the Betoota Serpent, Caroory Ruins as well as the Windorah to Birdsville turn off, with limited coverage still between the towns)
  • 10L of drinking water per person per day
  • Two spare wheels/tyres
  • Recovery gear (for recovery from bogging in sand/clay/dirt)
  • High clearance 4WD/vehicle able to handle outback travel conditions
  • Adequate food to remain with vehicle if broken down
  • Suitable vehicle insurance and roadside recovery membership that includes remote areas
  • Warm clothes/blankets if travelling in cooler months

Desert Driving 

Desert Park Passes can be purchased from the Wirrarri Visitor Information Centre. 

Make sure you listen to and participate in UHF chatter, to ensure you are aware of any changing conditions and oncoming vehicles, UHF channel for the Desert is UHF 10, Satellite phones are available for hire from the Wirrarri Information Centre and Mt Dare. All vehicles must be fitted with a safety flag.

More information on safe travel in the Munga Thirri National Park