What to Pack on your Outback Adventure
With Crocodile Dundee and Steve Irwin as fashion icons for dressing for the Australian outback, you’d be forgiven for thinking it necessary to dress head to toe in khaki and wear a cork hat in order to survive in the sometimes extreme climate. Whilst the key is coming prepared for the extremes, if there’s not one piece of camouflaged clothing in your bag you won’t look out of place!
To help, we’ve compiled an essential guide to packing for your outback adventure.
The key to success here is to pack layers, no matter the time of year. Those early sunrises can be chilly even in summer, but particularly from May through September when you’ll need your heavy duty layers as night time temperatures can dip as low as 1 C / 34 F. Find out more about the weather.
All year round
- Active wear such as leggings, shorts, hiking pants particularly for adventure activities like the Kata Tjuṯa Valley of the Winds Walk.
- Hiking boots and/or runners
- Long pants, khaki’s or jeans for sunrise and evening activities
- Lightweight jacket or windbreaker
- Smart casual evening wear for special dining experiences such as Sounds of Silence and Tali Wiru. We recommend long parts and closed shoes at all times. Not flip-flops/thongs or sandals.
Spring & Summer (October to April)
- Don’t forget your cossie (Aussie slang for swim wear) – each hotel has a swimming pool you’ll want to take advantage of
- Light weight clothes including shorts and t-shirts
- Hat, preferably wide-brimmed
Autumn & Winter (May to September)
- Beanie + scarf + gloves (trust us!)
- Warm jacket – a down jacket or similar is a great option
- Track pants, warm jumper and/or fleece
- Camera + spare camera battery & memory card
- Phone + charger
Day Bag contents
- Small backpack
- Sunscreen SPF 30+
- Insect repellent
- Large refillable water bottle
Those ‘why didn’t I bring that’ things
- Lip balm and moisturiser, because of the low humidity in the dessert your skin and lips will quickly dry out
- Small flashlight + batteries, particularly if you’re staying on the campground, but this can also come in handy going between buildings at night