The Outback Way - Australia's Longest Shortcut

Fuel Usage Estimates

These fuel usage estimates are based on average consumption rates driving economically at steady, safe speeds. Actual fuel usage will differ due to road and driving conditions and vehicle efficiency. The tables are intended to provide travellers with an estimate of fuel requirements. Travellers should always carry more fuel than is required when driving in the outback. It is recommended that Outback Way travellers re-fuel at each of the roadhouses to maintain adequate fuel supplies and enjoy a short stop that will help to rest, revive and survive. Safe travelling.

Approximate Fuel Usage
Litres  used for a fully loaded vehicle on the Outback Way
 Engine Size 1000km 2000km 3000km 4000km
 Diesel 4 cyclinder 200 400 600 800
 Diesel 6 cyclinder 230 460 690 920
 Diesel 8 cyclinder 260 520 780 1040
 Turbo Diesel 4 cyclinder 170 340 510 680
 Turbo Diesel 6 cyclinder 200 400 600 800
 Turbo Diesel 8 cyclinder 230 460 690 920
 Petrol 4 cyclinder 220 440 660 880
 Petrol 6 cyclinder 250 500 750 1000
 Petrol 8 cyclinder 280 560 840 1120


Approximate Fuel Usage
Litres  used for a vehicle towing and offroad caravan
or camper trailer on the Outback Way
 Engine Size 1000km 2000km 3000km 4000km
 Diesel 4 cyclinder 234 468 702 936
 Diesel 6 cyclinder 274 547 821 1095
 Diesel 8 cyclinder 317 634 952 1269
 Turbo Diesel 4 cyclinder 196 391 587 782
 Turbo Diesel 6 cyclinder 234 468 702 936
 Turbo Diesel 8 cyclinder 274 547 821 1095
 Petrol 4 cyclinder 266 532 799 1065
 Petrol 6 cyclinder 310 620 930 1240
 Petrol 8 cyclinder 361 722 1084 1445