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

10 Days From FR1,165

Soak up the laidback lifestyle on Australia's West Coast from Perth to Broome. From...

22 Days From FR2,870

The Aussie outback is calling on this awesome 4x4 tour of Western Australia and the...

7 Days From FR590

Journey through Australia’s outback wonders on a seven-day adventure into the Red...

9 Days From FR943

Traverse the map of Australia from Perth to Adelaide on a wildlife adventure trip...

17 Days From FR2,650

Travel through Australia's amazing Top End, Red Centre, Oodnadatta Track and famou...

4 Days From FR612

Explore Kata Tjuta, be captivated by an Uluru sunset, walk through Kings Canyon and...

22 Days From FR2,870

Discover the wild heart of the Australian Outback through the mighty Kimberleys and...

10 Days From FR1,580

Embark on an eye-opening journey across Australia’s rugged Top End, from balmy Darwin...

10 Days From FR1,295

Soak up the laid-back lifestyle of Australia's West Coast. From isolated beaches and...

6 Days From FR565

Journey from the Red Centre to Adelaide. Watch the sun set over Uluru, trek through...

7 Days From FR740

Journey from the Red Centre to Adelaide. Watch the sun set over Uluru, trek through...

7 Days From FR740

This is the ideal short trip for those wanting to experience the Australian Outback in...

6 Days From FR625

Embark on an unforgettable journey that takes in Wave Rock, Fitzgerald and Cape Le...

15 Days From FR3,395

Travel through the stunning scenery of Western Australia and the Northern Territory,...

12 Days From FR3,015

Discover the serene shorelines of Broome, the freshwater swimming holes of Karijini...

9 Days From FR2,245

Enjoy this slow-paced journey from Australia's tropical Top End, to the Red Centre and...

4 Days From FR612

Explore Kata Tjuta, be captivated by an Uluru sunset, walk through Kings Canyon and...

4 Days From FR504

Explore Kata Tjuta, be captivated by an Uluru sunset, walk through Kings Canyon and te...

4 Days From FR508

Explore Kata Tjuta, be captivated by an Uluru sunset, walk through Kings Canyon, and...

7 Days From FR1,005

Get a fix of tropical Australia in Cairns and the Atherton Tablelands, then hit the...

10 Days From FR1,575

Travel on an epic 4x4 tour from the glistening beaches of Broome, across the wild...

7 Days From FR1,050

This Rock to Reef is tailored for those people wanting to get off the beaten track and...

9 Days From FR1,795

Journey from the eclectic city of Darwin to Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks and...

9 Days From FR1,795

Fly into Yulara and straight to Uluru, Kings Canyon, Litchfield, Kakadu and Katherine...

9 Days From FR1,795

Journey from outback Alice Springs via Uluru, Kings Canyon, Litchfield, Kakadu and...

9 Days From FR2,245

Journey from outback Alice Springs via Uluru, Kings Canyon, Litchfield and Kakadu to...

9 Days From FR2,245

Journey from outback Alice Springs via Uluru, Kings Canyon, Litchfield and Kakadu to...

10 Days From FR2,440

Head underground in Tunnel Creek, take a shower beneath Manning Falls, camp beside a...

10 Days From FR2,155

Head underground in Tunnel Creek, take a shower beneath Manning Falls, camp beside a...

4 Days From FR895

Set out on a camping safari through captivating Kakadu National Park. Experience the...

6 Days From FR565

This is the ideal short trip for those wanting to experience the Australian Outback in...

14 Days From FR3,370

Travel through the stunning scenery of Western Australia and the Northern Territory,...

14 Days From FR2,870

Travel through the stunning scenery of Western Australia and the Northern Territory,...

12 Days From FR2,560

Head underground in Tunnel Creek, take a shower beneath Manning Falls, camp beside a...

12 Days From FR2,260

Head underground in Tunnel Creek, take a shower beneath Manning Falls, camp beside a...

15 Days From FR3,015

Travel through the stunning scenery of Western Australia and the Northern Territory,...

11 Days From FR2,370

Journey from outback Alice Springs via Uluru, Kings Canyon, Litchfield, Arnhem Land,...

11 Days From FR2,370

Journey from outback Alice Springs via Uluru, Kings Canyon, Litchfield, Arnhem Land,...

11 Days From FR2,370

Journey from lush Darwin via Litchfield, Arnhem Land, Kakadu and Katherine to Uluru,...

7 Days From FR2,020

Darwin, Kakadu, Arnhem Land, Alice Springs, Uluru Kings Canyon, and more – this trip...

7 Days From FR2,020

Darwin, Kakadu, Arnhem Land, Alice Springs, Uluru Kings Canyon, and more – this trip...

7 Days From FR2,020

Journey from the eclectic city of Darwin to Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks and...

11 Days From FR1,095

Travel through Australia's amazing Red Centre, Oodnadatta Track and famou Great Ocean...

6 Days From FR675

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

12 Days From FR2,870

Discover the serene shorelines of Broome, the freshwater swimming holes of Karijini...

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

Adelaide to Alice Springs Overland, October 2017

Michelle Warner

Perth to Broome Overland, September 2017

Mauro Cirilli

4 Day Kakadu/ Katherine/ Litchfield Adventure, September 2017

Anna Perez

Reef to Rock Overland, September 2017

Patricia Shaw

Perth to Broome Overland, September 2017

Simon Ottner

4WD Broome to Darwin Overland, August 2017

Marta Morales Villajos

Red Centre Adventure (Original), September 2017

Anne Stanhope

Wild Kimberley Overland (Original), September 2017

Francoise Ware

Adelaide to Alice Springs Overland, September 2017

Tierney Rose

Perth to Broome Overland, August 2017

Ian McLeod

Red Centre Adventure ex Yulara (Original), September 2017

Jason Bath

Red Centre Adventure (Original), August 2017

Sandra Barker

Red Centre Adventure ex Yulara (Original), August 2017

Sandra Stern

Adelaide to Alice Springs Overland, August 2017

Julian Carrese

Alice Springs to Adelaide Overland, August 2017

Leigh Beresford

Red Centre Adventure ex Yulara (Original), August 2017

Larissa Berrell

Perth to Broome Overland, July 2017

Julie Symes

4 Day Kakadu/ Katherine/ Litchfield Adventure, August 2017

Gary Frith

4 Day Kakadu/ Katherine/ Litchfield Adventure, August 2017

Linda Briers

Outback to the Top End, August 2017

Jessica Jones

4 Day Kakadu/ Katherine/ Litchfield Adventure, July 2017

Marianne Lunoe

Broome to Perth Overland, August 2017

Hassan Atapour

Adelaide to Alice Springs Overland, August 2017

Ursula Lindner

Wild Kimberley Overland (Original), July 2017

Maureen Thompson

4 Day Kakadu/ Katherine/ Litchfield Adventure, July 2017

Ingrid Andrea Blatz

Wild Kimberley Overland (Original), July 2017

Mary Hogan

Perth to Broome Overland, July 2017

Pauline Sligo

Broome to Perth Overland, June 2017

Karen Sproson

4 Day Kakadu/ Katherine/ Litchfield Adventure, July 2017

Anne Eyres

Perth to Broome Overland, June 2017

Patricia Ernst

4WD Darwin to Broome Overland, July 2017

Julie Martin

4 Day Kakadu/ Katherine/ Litchfield Adventure, July 2017

Damian Hartigan

Perth to Broome Overland, June 2017

Emily Henson-Webb

Perth to Broome Overland, June 2017

Evie Harkness

4 Day Kakadu/ Katherine/ Litchfield Adventure, July 2017

Ian Mckean

Adelaide to Alice Springs Overland, June 2017

Megan McGuinness

Wild Kimberley Overland (Original), June 2017

Vivienne Wood

Perth to Broome Overland, June 2017

Emma Nilon

4WD Broome to Darwin Overland, June 2017

Urte Jacobs

Wild Kimberley Overland (Original), June 2017

Patricia Adams Smith

Adelaide to Alice Springs Overland, May 2017

Darlene Cooper

Adelaide to Alice Springs Overland, May 2017

Rebecca McFarlane

4 Day Kakadu/ Katherine/ Litchfield Adventure, May 2017

YVONNE BAXTER

Broome to Perth Overland, May 2017

Rebecca Turnbull

Perth to Broome Overland, May 2017

Rona Barugahare

4 Day Kakadu/ Katherine/ Litchfield Adventure, May 2017

David Beverley

4 Day Kakadu/ Katherine/ Litchfield Adventure, May 2017

Glenn Laycock

Adelaide to Alice Springs Overland, May 2017

Julia Iselin

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