3. Fewer than 700,000 people live in Outback Australia, less than 0.1 per square km.
The vast majority of Australia’s interior is Outback, yet only three percent of the population lives there.
5. Die dehydrated, hundreds of miles from life-saving refreshment.
8. Even if you don’t get lost you’re in the shit.
9. Distances between gas stations are vast.
In some places space is closer than the nearest town.
10. Roads are mind-numbingly dull.
The Eyre Highway across the Nullarbor Plain includes one section that runs 145.6 kilometres (90.5 miles) without a turn. Concentrate or die!
11. Road signs are confusingly scary.
12. And the locals are feral at best.
13. Horrifying at worst.
14. And generally best avoided.
(This doesn’t include the real locals, warm and welcoming Indigenous Australians who have lived in the Outback for more than 50,000 years)
15. The Outback is home to Australia’s mining industry = DANGER!
19. You are GUARANTEED to have nightmares.
20. Even if you don’t get lost, there’s a good chance a road train will kill you.
22. If you’re crazy enough to try and overtake one, make sure there’s a lot of spare bitumen. These babies are 177ft long.
23. While watching for road trains, keep your eyes peeled for native wildlife.
25. Kangaroos looking for blood.
26. Giant wedge-tailed eagles looking for something more satisfying than dead kangaroo.
27. Pissed off red kangaroos with serious attitude.
28. Or camels. Dangerous wild feral camels.
Camels?! The estimated one million wild camels are the world’s biggest feral herd.