Writer Sam Aldenton at the start of the Oodnadatta Track just outside of Marla on her outback road trip.

A Ridgy Didge Aussie Outback Road Trip Playlist

25 October 2017
Read Time: 2.1 mins

As I take a sip from my craft brewed Maccas flat white to wash down the last bite of a crispy golden hash brown (unfortunately no this story is not sponsored by the golden arches), I look out at the lush rolling hills of Western Victoria unfolding in front of my mate’s Holden Commodore Ute (he’s driving and can you tell I'm really channelling the all Aussie look right now) and think to myself, you know what this road trip needs? A ridgey didge Aussie playlist.  

I’d like to say this is when I put on my thinking cap but really the Akubra I picked up on my last road trip is already perched neatly on my noggin, ready for another road trip adventure. 

Here I am at the start of the Oodnadatta Track just outside of Marla - with said Akubra ;) Here I am at the start of the Oodnadatta Track just outside of Marla - with said Akubra ;)


So if like me you’ve drawn out your itinerary on a map or have just hit the road and are waiting to see where it takes you, either way you’re gonna need a you beaut Aussie playlist in order to properly bask in the glory of the outback road trip as it unfolds in front of you.

Sure you could just switch on to Triple J like you would cruising through the city, but guess what, there’s not a whole lot of reception in the outback and your iPhone isn’t the only thing that needs to tap into those sweet FM waves. 

That means before you head off you’ll need to download these songs from wherever you get your tunes, I’d recommend either Apple Music or Spotify which you can download playlists from to listen to offline  which is pretty cheap especially when you’re a student which I think works out to about six bucks a month.

Anyway, wrap your listeners around this ridgey didge playlist...


1. Australia - The Shins

2. Song’s From The South - Paul Kelly 

3. Don’t Dream It’s Over - Crowded House (or the DMAs recent Like A Version cover)

4. Amazing Day - John Williamson 

5. From St.Kilda to Kings Cross - Paul Kelly

6. Fall At Your Feet – Crowded House

7. Treaty - Yothu Yindi

8. Down Under - Men At Work

9. From Little Things Big Things Grow - Paul Kelly

10. You’re The Voice ­– John Farnham

11. Cattle and Cane - The Go-Betweens

12. Home Among The Gum Trees - John Williamson

13. Working Class Man – Jimmy Barnes

14. True Blue - John Williamson

15. Great Southern Land – Icehouse

16. On the Road - Angus Stone and Julia Stone

17. How To Make Gravy – Paul Kelly

18. Highway To Hell - AC/DC

19. Beds Are Burning – Midnight Oil

20. Flame Trees – Cold Chisel

21. TNT – AC/DC

22. Working class man - Cold Chisel

23. It’s A Long Way To The Top – AC/DC

24. Never Tear Us Apart – INXS

25. Big Jet Plane - Angus Stone and Julia Stone



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Sam Aldenton is a Flight Centre writer, producer and social media specialist. When she's not off discovering the world’s best pizza (an obsession picked up from her 4-years in New York), she is based in Brisbane, Australia. Follow her adventures on Instagram at @samaaldenton.