The Aᴜsᴛʀᴀʟɪᴀn road train is a fascinating configuration. They’re the coʟᴏssal big rig trucks and trailers that haul freight through Aᴜsᴛʀᴀʟɪᴀ’s vast deserts.
Road trains are the world’s longest trucks, and they’re used in heavy hauling trucking. Because the Outback is so vast and barren, most freight is transported by road, and Aᴜsᴛʀᴀʟɪᴀn road trains are designed to be the most efficient mode of transport. These trains are massive long trucks with multiple trailers. The converter dollies are used to connect them. There are many different types of combinations, the most common of which being three trailers or two trailers.
To run a train on a normal road, IF such a thing exists, special permits are required. The majority of the roads in the Outback are one-lane. There are no freeways or superhighways in this area.
Source: Oz Outback Family
The longest road train can be up to 53 meters long and weigh up to 80-120 tons. When the driver looks back in their mirror, well, let’s just say, ‘it’s a long way to look back’! Aᴜsᴛʀᴀʟɪᴀn road trains are a vital link in the Outback from the driver’s seat. They are the only means of transporting freight to small outback towns. The Aboriginal communities are completely reliant on the road trains. Very remote areas rely entirely on these massive loads of goods, and if it weren’t for the trains, it may take months for a road train to return to them, hence a typical semi trailer load.
The Outback is a huge, vast landmass. It can fool many tourists who look at a map of Aᴜsᴛʀᴀʟɪᴀ and think it doesn’t appear to be that large, and then get themselves into all kinds of trouble out there because they are unprepared.
But, because they were ill-prepared, they quickly ran out of water, and the scorching sun had no mercy on them, and they ᴅɪᴇᴅ. They were not the first, and I can assure you that they will not be the last. If you ever visit the Outback and want to go on a road trip, it’s always a good idea to ask the locals for advice. The Aᴜsᴛʀᴀʟɪᴀn Outback is a beautiful place, but it can also be ᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀᴏᴜs. The Outback is vast, hence the importance of Aᴜsᴛʀᴀʟɪᴀn road trains, as well as the knowledge and sᴋɪʟʟ of the drivers, is critical.