Stop, Revive, Survive
The Outback Way is 2,750km journey across varying road surfaces and landscapes that can make for a potentially tiring drive experience unless regular rest stops are factored in. The unsealed sections, totalling around 1850km, are characterised with dust, corrugations, tyre ruts and rocky-sandy-rough surfaces that demand driver concentration, potentially contributing to driver fatigue. Travellers should aim to drive for 45-60 minutes then stop for a 10-15 minute break. The Outback Way offers a variety of rest opportunities including searching for Way-finder caches, interpretive panel sites, gnamma hole sites (Laverton to WA Border), bird and wildlife spotting at wells and windmills, fuel stops, rest bays (ideal for a picnic or powernap) and occasional ridges and breakaways for a short nature walk. When stopping for a rest travellers should also check their vehicle and especially roof rack luggage, undercarriage, tyres, wheel nuts and under the bonnet.
Stopping for an occasional rest not only reduces the onset of driver fatigue and the risk of an accident but also provides the opportunity to experience the surprisingly rich ecosystem of Australia's central deserts. You will be surprised and amazed at how much is on offer when you stop and take a close look!
Travellers stopping at any of the gnamma holes between Laverton and Warakurna are asked to help 'care for country' by removing sand from the dry gnamma holes. Even the smallest contribution will help in restoring water to some of these vital, natural wonders. The Ngaanyatjarra people greatly appreciate your help in caring for country.