If it's your first time visiting the Outback, you're probably wondering exactly what to pack – particularly from a fashion perspective. Should you dress in light clothes to stay comfortable in the desert heat, or is covering up for sun protection best? Just how dressed-up is dinner here, anyway? While the key is coming prepared for extreme weather, you don't need to pack head-to-toe khaki or any elaborate evening wear to fit in!

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.



  • 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.




  • 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


  • Beanie + scarf + gloves (trust us!)
  • Warm jacket – a down jacket or similar is a great option
  • Track pants, warm jumper and/or fleece