Remote Australian road sign freaks the internet out – but it’s all part of living down under

Remote Australian road sign freaks the internet out – but it’s all part of living down under: ‘That disturbs me’

  • Sign on remote highway warns drivers of no reception for next 630 kilometres
  • Road sign is positioned on the remote Diamantina Developmental Road in QLD
  • Highway stretches from Charleville in south-central to Mt Isa in the north-west
  • Some internet users were left shocked while others said it was typical Australia 

An alarming road sign on one of the longest stretches of highway in Australia has shocked the internet, however some say its warning is just a part of living Down Under.

The sign, informing drivers they will have no reception for the next 630km resurfaced on social media this week.

The road sign is positioned on Diamantina Developmental Road, which stretches from Charleville in the south-central of the state to Mount Isa in the north-west.

In a world of phones, laptops and other gadgets, being disconnected from the internet for up to six hours came as a shock to many avid internet users.

The 'disturbing' sign informing drivers they will have no reception for the next 630km is positioned on Diamantina Developmental Road in outback Queensland

The ‘disturbing’ sign informing drivers they will have no reception for the next 630km is positioned on Diamantina Developmental Road in outback Queensland

The 1,334km road (pictured) stretches from Charleville in the south-central of the Sunshine State to Mount Isa in the state's north-west

The 1,334km road (pictured) stretches from Charleville in the south-central of the Sunshine State to Mount Isa in the state’s north-west

However, other commenters said having no reception was just part of travelling in outback Australia and shared their experiences of driving off the grid.

‘Driven plenty of roads out that way in QLD that have no signal,’ one man wrote.

‘I have a satellite phone for backup emergency communications. Wow, people need to get out more. This country is a big place.’

‘Gosh imagine how some of these people would have survived 25 years ago when we didn’t even have mobile phones,’ another commented.

‘That’s life Down Under. We live in a valley 17km from town and have satellite TV and internet and mobile reception is erratic,’ another woman shared.

‘Because we don’t depend on technology 24/7 it doesn’t worry us.’

The road is mostly sealed and single-lane meaning drivers must pull over to allow road trains to pass and and be wary of horses and livestock

The road is mostly sealed and single-lane meaning drivers must pull over to allow road trains to pass and and be wary of horses and livestock

The Diamantina Developmental Road is one of the longest motorways in the country with it taking about 13 hours to complete the 1,344km stretch. 

The road is mostly sealed and single-lane meaning drivers must pull over to allow road trains to pass and and be wary of horses and livestock. 

Motorists are also advised to drive with their lights on during lengthy dirt sections of the road to avoid having clouds of dust impair their vision. 

One internet user compared the road to the Nullabor Plain which stretches between Norseman in Western Australia and Ceduna in South Australia. 

Motorists are advised to drive with their lights on during lengthy dirt sections of the road to avoid having clouds of dust impair their vision

Motorists are advised to drive with their lights on during lengthy dirt sections of the road to avoid having clouds of dust impair their vision

The plain is linked by the Eyre Highway which is about 1,660km in length and said to be the longest straight stretch of road in the country. 

Crossing the Nullabor Plain has long been a summer-time tradition for those looking to experience Australia’s vast outback.  

WA is also home to the Canning Stock Route which stretches for 1,850km and is the longest historic stock route in the world. 

The track runs from Halls Creek in the Kimberley region to the small town of Wiluna in the mid-west region of the state. 

Drivers need a permit to complete the track.  

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