Everything is bigger in Australia. Oversized fruit sculptures greet visitors in tropical whistle-stops. The longest (the only?) dingo fence in the world stretches 5,614 kilometres across three states. In Australia, even the sky feels wider. But if you want to truly experience the epic vastness of the Great Aussie Outback, there’s just one way to do it: locate an all-terrain vehicle, find a local who knows what they’re doing, and drive. In other words, an Overland tour.

Hit the road with us and explore national parks and deserted beaches, mingle with residents in subterranean mining outposts and pubs, learn the stories of the land from its First People, and bunk down in bush swags on starry cattle stations like a real life drover. We may start and end in capital cities, but on an Aussie Overland tour, it’s all about what happens in between.

Our Overland tours in Australia

4 Days From $830

The outback town of Alice Springs is a travel hub for visitors setting off to the...

4 Days From $830

The remote town of Yulara is a convenient start point for visitors setting off to the...

4 Days From $695

The remote town of Yulara is a convenient start point for visitors setting off to the...

4 Days From $695

The outback town of Alice Springs is a travel hub for visitors setting off to the...

7 Days From $765

Travel into Australia’s magnificent Red Centre on this Overland journey from Adelaide....

6 Days From $720

Explore the natural wonders of the world's most sunburnt country. From Alice Springs to...

6 Days From $720

Capture the ancient spirit of the outback on this 6-day adventure from Alice Springs to...

9 Days From $1,066

This is not only one of the world's great road trips across the vast plains of the...

10 Days From $1,395

Australia's west coast boasts some of the world's best beaches that are relatively...

4 Days From $985

Journey into the Northern Territory's rugged Top End on this short but sweet four-day...

9 Days From $1,950

Embark on a Northern Territory adventure from Alice Springs to Darwin, taking in the...

9 Days From $1,950

Embark on a Northern Territory adventure from Alice Springs to Darwin, taking in the...

9 Days From $2,440

Embark on a Northern Territory adventure, from Alice Springs to Darwin, taking in the...

9 Days From $2,440

Embark on a Northern Territory adventure, from Alice Springs to Darwin, taking in the...

22 Days From $3,115

Journey through the jaw-dropping landscape of North and Western Australia into the...

9 Days From $2,440

Embark on a Northern Territory adventure, from Darwin to Alice Springs, taking in the...

10 Days From $1,715

Get lost in the beauty of the Australian Outback on this intoxicating tour from the Top...

10 Days From $1,395

A colossal land replete with natural attractions, Western Australia's vast expanses and...

10 Days From $1,715

Experience the wild and rugged beauty of Australia's northwest tip on this 4WD journey...

22 Days From $3,115

Journey through the jaw-dropping landscape of North and Western Australia into the...

9 Days From $2,070

Embark on a Northern Territory adventure, from Darwin to Alice Springs, taking in the...

6 Days From $680

Discover the exquisite natural beauty and sublime solitude of Western Australia's...

14 Days From $3,120

Experience the beautiful rugged Kimberley on this true Australian adventure from Broome...

14 Days From $3,665

Experience the beautiful rugged Kimberley on this true Australian adventure from Broome...

14 Days From $3,665

Experience the beautiful rugged Kimberley on this true Australian adventure from Darwin...

14 Days From $3,120

Experience the beautiful rugged Kimberley on this true Australian adventure from Darwin...

12 Days From $3,120

Western Australia is made for adventure and you’ll get the best of it with this all...

12 Days From $3,120

Western Australia is made for adventure and you’ll get the best of it with this all...

7 Days From $1,780

Embark on a Northern Territory adventure from Alice Springs to Darwin, taking in the...

12 Days From $2,385

Embark on a Northern Territory adventure, from Adelaide to Darwin, taking in the region...

6 Days From $661

South Australia's Eyre Peninsula is one of the undisputed most beautiful coastal...

7 Days From $1,780

Embark on a Northern Territory adventure from Alice Springs to Darwin, taking in the...

10 Days From $2,650

Get wild and remote in some of Australia's most untouched territory, the Kimberley....

10 Days From $2,340

Get wild and remote in some of Australia's most untouched territory, the Kimberley....

7 Days From $1,095

Cairns’ tropical coastline and the dusty expanses of the Red Centre might be two of...

7 Days From $1,095

Pack your sturdiest hiking boots and don’t forget the snorkel – itineraries like this...

Australia Overland FAQs

On an Australia Overland tour you’re accompanied by a local leader who is also your driver, taking you from start to finish in a specialised vehicle. They’re there to organise logistics, keep you safe and make sure you have the best time ever. While not being guides in the traditional sense, our Aussie leaders have a broad general knowledge of the areas visited, are full of tips for places to eat and things to see, and will introduce you to our mates along the road. They’ll also oversee cooking and setup of the camp each night (although we ask passengers to help out too). When visiting Indigenous communities and sites, such as Uluru, we draw on the expertise of local Aboriginal guides, who share insight into their culture, history and connection to land.  

You’ll be part of a group of maximum 24 people of all ages and nationalities, from all walks of life. That’s what overland travel is all about: sharing experiences with like-minded adventurers from around the world. Be prepared to spend a lot of time with each other and to make some new friends.

To explore the Aussie Outback, you can’t use just any old car. Intrepid’s Overland vehicles are built for going long distances and navigating rough, off-road terrain. We use different vehicles depending on your trip route, style and group size – sometimes trucks, sometimes minivans and sometimes 4x4s. Vehicles are designed to be self-sufficient, carrying everything you need right down to the tents for your campsite.

In the summer, extreme heat can put pressure on the vehicle’s air conditioning unit, so please be prepared for some potential discomfort. The roads can also be pretty bumpy at times.

Overlanding is not your typical touring experience; the best thing is to treat it all as part of the adventure. Sometimes conditions can be tough on vehicles, and while we fastidiously service our trucks, the occasional breakdown may happen (don’t worry, your leader is well trained to deal with these situations). Also, in wet weather, there may be times when we have to take alternative routes, which can mean longer travel times.

Australia is a big place – like, huge. Overland tours involve a lot of time on the road covering long distances, and sometimes the landscape can be pretty barren, so bring a book or some tunes to keep you company. Some days we’ll drive for five, six, even nine hours at a time, although we always take regular breaks. Some mornings we get started at the crack of dawn to avoid the heat. Check the itineraries on our website for an approximate breakdown of drive times for each trip. 

The style of accommodation depends on the adventure you choose. Sometimes you’ll stay in hostels (in multishare, mixed-gender rooms with shared facilities), but a lot of the time you’ll be camping. That can mean staying in cabins or at permanent campsites in furnished twin-share tents, or bunking down in a swag on a cattle station or farm in the middle of the bush. Swags are Aussie bed rolls made from sturdy canvas; sleeping in one is a true Outback experience. We also carry two-person pop-up dome tents with us. All this is provided, but you’ll need to bring your own sleeping bag, and on some trips, a pillow as well.

Campsites facilities vary, but at times can be very basic. Sometimes the showers are cold, and some toilets are of the drop variety. You’ll be expected to help with chores and set up your swag each night (don’t worry, your leader will show you how). On some trips you’ll have the option to book Basix or Original-standard camping. If you choose the latter, you’ll experience a higher level of accommodation when and where available. 

On an Overland tour, you’re more than just a passenger – you’re part of a team. On most trips we ask you to pitch in with preparing meals, cleaning dishes, collecting firewood and setting up/packing down the camp every day, no matter the weather conditions. Your leader will help delegate duties and spread the load around. Please come prepared to roll up your sleeves and pull your weight – it’s all part of the fun!

On most days, breakfasts, lunches and dinners are included. Meals are prepared by your leader, although we ask you to help out with some basic cooking and washing up; most people agree this helps you feel like less of a tourist and more of an explorer. Due to the nature of the trips, food is basic, but plentiful. If you have any allergies or dietary requirements you must inform us (or your agent) at the time of booking, as all ingredients are purchased before we hit the road. When meals aren’t included, your leader will be able to recommend some affordable and delicious local restaurants.

While we stick to the planned itineraries where we can, overland travel – especially in the Outback – is unpredictable. Inclement weather, flooding, Indigenous community closures or mechanical issues can affect the running of your trip. In those cases, there are plenty of other tried-and-true routes we can take. An open mind and sense of flexibility are key to enjoying your adventure.

Optional activities are dispersed throughout most of the itineraries. These can be very popular and in many cases sell out in advance, so it’s best to reserve certain activities – like swimming with whale sharks on the West Coast or sunset camel rides in the Red Centre – at the time of booking. Ask us for the details of the activity provider. Other activities – like scenic flights – are always booked on the ground with your leader.

One of the great things about an Overland tour is that many things are built into the cost of the trip – accommodation, transport, hikes, entrance to national parks and most meals. You will, however, need your own financial supply for optional activities, personal shopping, drinks, laundry, leader tip and some meals, so please factor this into your budget. We make regular stops at ATMs along the way. Make sure you read your Essential Trip Information carefully so you know what’s included.

In Australia many of our Overland tours are physically demanding. Not only will you need to be prepared for long travel days, bumpy roads and very hot conditions, but you’ll be participating in regular activities and hikes, some of them strenuous (especially in the summer heat). On some tours the adventure is turned up to max – you’ll be walking on rocky creek beds, scrambling over large boulders, wading through water, or climbing in and out of steep gorges. On these trips you’ll need a high standard of fitness. You’ll also need to be physically able to help with camp chores and to climb up and down the steps of the vehicle 8-10 times a day. To choose a trip that suits your fitness level, please look carefully at the physical ratings and daily walking times in the itineraries on our website.

When overlanding in Australia, pack only the bare essentials. Space is limited and vehicles are subject to strict gross weight laws, so you’ll need to a medium-sized backpack or soft bag weighing an absolute max of 15 kilograms (and on 4WD trips, 10 kilograms). You’ll also need a daypack to keep your water bottle, camera, torch and other personal items.

The clothing and equipment required will depend on the time of year. Even in summer it can be freezing at night, especially in the Outback, so layers are essential. Bring sun protection, comfortable, durable clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty (they will get dirty!) and sturdy walking shoes for hiking. We’ll supply the camping gear, including a basic ground mat, but you’ll need to bring your own sleeping bag (on some tours this is available for hire or purchase, but not on others). For more information about what to bring, check the Essential Trip Information.

Meet some of the crew

On an Overland tour, you want someone behind the wheel (and out in the world) who knows what’s going on. Well, that’s our leaders – born and raised locals who know the lay of the land inside out. In Australia, our leaders are also drivers, so all have undergone rigorous safety and basic mechanical training before they hit the road. They’ll take care of you, introduce you to some locals, manage the trip logistics and make sure you have the best adventure ever. Ready to meet them? 

Ross Poyser

Ross Poyser

“Soon after a six-month trip down the West Coast of Australia in 2013, I knew there was more to life than office work. A friend of mine suggested I would make a great tour guide, so here I am in Alice Springs together with my wife of 37 years, and enjoying every tour I lead.”

Luke Inkson

Luke I.

“A question I am often asked is, ‘Don't you get sick of doing the same tour over and over?’ to which my reply is generally something like, ‘I would get sick of the same four walls of an office every day, but I get to wake up in a different place each morning and visit some of the most beautiful places on the planet!’”

Traveller reviews

Red Centre Adventure ex Yulara (Basix), February 2017

Vivien Thompson-Allsop

Adelaide to Alice Springs Overland, January 2017

Kathryn Mycock

Perth to Broome Overland, December 2016

Colin Stollery

Adelaide to Alice Springs Overland, December 2016

Cheryl Bellamy

Adelaide to Alice Springs Overland, December 2016

Michelle Aquilina

Esperance and Southwest Adventure, December 2016

Lauren McCormick

Esperance and Southwest Adventure, December 2016

Joaquim Cerveira

Adelaide to Alice Springs Overland, December 2016

Laura Ruiz Dern

Perth to Adelaide Overland, November 2016

Laura Ruiz Dern

Perth to Broome Overland, November 2016

Judith ott

Perth to Broome Overland, November 2016

Steven Websdale

Adelaide to Alice Springs Overland, October 2016

Eliza Machon

Red Centre Adventure ex Yulara (Basix), November 2016

Murray Henman

Perth to Adelaide Overland, November 2016

Breckany Eckhardt

Perth to Broome Overland, November 2016

Dominic Bolton

Alice Springs to Adelaide Overland ex Yulara, October 2016

sheridanj lucas

4 Day Kakadu/ Katherine/ Litchfield Adventure, October 2016

Teresa Hudson

Broome to Perth Overland, October 2016

James Paull

4 Day Kakadu/ Katherine/ Litchfield Adventure, October 2016

Emily Paull

Broome to Perth Overland, September 2016

Joe Jarrett

Perth to Broome Overland, September 2016

Rosemary Palmer

Perth to Broome Overland, September 2016

Mark Davies

Broome to Perth Overland, September 2016

Susan Luscombe

Adelaide to Alice Springs Overland, August 2016

Sandra Toner

Broome to Perth Overland, August 2016

Jean-Claire Flanagan

Broome to Perth Overland, August 2016

Sarah Hodgman

Broome to Perth Overland, August 2016

Esther Bichachi

Broome to Perth Overland, August 2016

Steve O Neill

Adelaide to Alice Springs Overland, July 2016

Michelle Weiss

Adelaide to Alice Springs Overland, July 2016

Leah Ashmore-Hills

Red Centre Adventure (Original), July 2016

Alison Hollands

4 Day Kakadu/ Katherine/ Litchfield Adventure, July 2016

Alison Wooden

4 Day Kakadu/ Katherine/ Litchfield Adventure, July 2016

Karen Hudson

4 Day Kakadu/ Katherine/ Litchfield Adventure, July 2016

Steve Pople

4 Day Kakadu/ Katherine/ Litchfield Adventure, July 2016

scott carlin

Alice Springs to Adelaide Overland, June 2016

Heike Campbell

Broome to Perth Overland, July 2016

John Walton

4 Day Kakadu/ Katherine/ Litchfield Adventure, June 2016

Leanne Hardy

Broome to Perth Overland, June 2016

Kerryn Deayton

Perth to Broome Overland, June 2016

Emily Henson-Webb

Perth to Broome Overland, June 2016

Amelia Carter

4 Day Kakadu/ Katherine/ Litchfield Adventure, June 2016

Jennifer Salamanca

Broome to Perth Overland, June 2016

Dawn Cotterell

4 Day Kakadu/ Katherine/ Litchfield Adventure, June 2016

Roslyn Harvey

4 Day Kakadu/ Katherine/ Litchfield Adventure, June 2016

Stephen Donohue

Perth to Broome Overland, May 2016

Elle Haldane

Red Centre Adventure (Original), May 2016

Wendy Calman

Red Centre Adventure (Original), May 2016

Anthony Calman

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