Two years ago I bought my first ever car; a white Volkswagen Tiguan. Ever since moving to Australia the car I really wanted was a Toyota FJ40, but I was advised that my penchant for inner-city living wasn’t conducive to owning one of those beasts, especially since it wouldn’t actually fit in my 1.9m high carpark.\r\n\r\nSo the Tiguan it was – mid size, German, reliable, an AWD with an average clearance that can fit neatly into the majority of Sydney parking bays.\r\n\r\nBut I digress; this article is actually nothing about cars (a subject I know very little about). This whole preamble was to explain that I don’t own a 4WD but sometimes I forget this small fact.\r\n\r\nThis is why Tiguan ended up on a 4000km road trip, from Sydney to outback NSW and back again, driving some very questionable roads. If you do want to know more about cars, <a href="https://weareexplorers.co/prepare-car-road-trip/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">this article</a> is a lot more informative than I'll ever be.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n<a href="https://www.instagram.com/nhardbattle/" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="aligncenter wp-image-29108 size-full" src="https://weareexplorers.co/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/1.-Taking-Tiguan-to-the-outback.jpg" alt="Taking Tiguan to the Outback // Gundabooka & Mutawintji National Parks (NSW) by Natalie Hardbattle, driving, mirror" width="1400" height="930" /></a>\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nNow before you judge me for being a fool, I’ve lived in Australia long enough to know that if you’re going to do something marginally risky, at least be prepared for the risk.\r\n\r\nSo before leaving Sydney I was equipped with all the essentials: satellite phone, jerry can, jump leads and a Spotify playlist. The first few hours of driving (and by few I mean 8 hours 43 minutes) are all bitumen, and you can relax, especially once you leave the hustle and terrible drivers of greater Sydney.\r\n\r\nI mean, obviously still watch out for the road trains and prolific wildlife, but mostly, you’ll have the long straight road to yourself.\r\n\r\nIf you have more time, there are some great places to stop along the way (Orange for wineries, Dubbo for the zoo, Parkes for The Dish) but I was on a mission. Get. To. The. Outback.