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Stay safe in Outback NSW

The mystery and beauty of the outback make it a brilliant place to visit. During your stay, your safety is the highest priority. Please use the national park offices as an information source, and as a check in point if you're heading to very remote areas.

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Outback NSW is a region of extreme temperatures, reaching up to 50°C in some places. You might want to avoid the midsummer heat. Remember also that the nights can be cold and temperatures can drop well below 0°C at times in winter. Autumn and spring are the best times for extended stays and long drives.

Plan your drive

  • Tell someone your travel plans before setting out
  • Be prepared for unsealed roads that may be impassable after rain. Check with local NPWS national park offices
  • Consider getting NRMA roadside assistance before you go or call 13 11 22
  • Some outback roads are unsuitable for 2WD vehicles
  • Keep your vehicle in top condition and carry extra fuel, spare tyres and wheel-changing equipment
  • Take extra food and extra water
  • Check the locations of local food and fuel supplies before you go

Be prepared for road closures

Roads in the Outback NSW region may need to be closed at times due to flooding. Before you travel, contact one of the local councils or traffic authorities below for information on road closures and road conditions.

Live traffic updates

Visit Live Traffic NSW for the most up-to-date traffic information for NSW.

Call the NSW Roads and Maritime Services 24 hour information line on 132 701.

Visit VicTraffic for the most up-to-date traffic information for Victoria. Or call them on 131 170.

Safety apps for mobile phones

Please note, these apps only work when you have mobile reception. Download them before you go.

Emergency+ : Will help you to contact emergency services. It's a free app developed by Australia's emergency services and their Government and industry partners. 

Fires Near Me: Use this app to check for bushfires in NSW before you go, especially in summer.

If your vehicle breaks down

If you break down, stay with your vehicle and remain calm, to make rescue easier.

Local council phone numbers

Broken Hill Roads and Maritime Services (RMS)

Central Darling Shire Council

Mildura Rural City Council

Wentworth Shire Council

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm: 03 5027 5090.

Cobar Shire Council

Bourke Shire Council

Balranald Shire Council

Waterbirds at Lake Pinaroo, Sturt National Park. Photo: OEH