Get a Taste of the Outback When Visiting Australia
Australia is a continent of extremes and there’s so much to see and do there that it’s hard to know where to begin. The Australian outback is the extreme of the extremes.
Many travellers head for the bright lights of the East Coast, where the majority of Australia’s population live. The main cities of Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns and Canberra are located on the East with Melbourne a short trip south. In between these there is an abundance of coastal towns, from the hippy mecca, Noosa to tropical Townsville. Small or large, the places between the cities are as much Australia as the cities.
The term ‘the outback’ refers to the vast, remote interior of Australia, sparsely populated, often arid and desolate. Locals also use the term ‘outback’ to mean anything slightly rural, including places that are technically in suburban areas but a little unruly.
There are many available holidays to Australia but without a visit to the outback it would be a trip that misses the metaphorical heart of Australia. It’s where all the unique wildlife of Australia can be spotted. Sure, many of them can be seen in one of the cities’ zoos but that’s not close to spotting unusual animals in their natural habitat.
Where to go in the Outback
The outback is so vast that even when you know what area you’d like to visit, there’s usually a great deal of travelling and planning to do. One way to take the hassle out of this is to consider an organised trip such as those offered by ANZCRO, which provide an itinerary, which includes transport and accommodation, allowing you to relax and enjoy the journey.
The central heart of Australia is fairly well known for one giant attraction; Uluru. The formidable red rock can be seen rising out of the flat, dry land for miles around and is well worth visiting close up. Visitors are able to hike around the rock to get a sense of it’s immense size. Nearby Kata Tjuta is just as splendid but less visited.
North of Uluru is Kakadu National Park, a glorious example of the non-arid part of the outback. It is a World Heritage site due to its stunning waterfalls, abundant rainforests and ancient cave art. The national park varies drastically depending on whether it’s the wet or dry season but the wonderful thing about it is that no matter what time of year you visit there’s always something to see. The rivers teem with crocodiles, with boat trips amongst them available for the more adventurous traveller. The wetlands are home to millions of birds with gloriously coloured plumages. Guides are available to indicate which watering holes are safe to bathe in, some with amazing waterfalls to swim behind.
These are just two of the outback attractions available in Australia; others include the gaping Kings Canyon in the Northern Territory, the tropical Daintree Rainforest in Queensland, the vibrant Murray River in Victoria, the former mining town of Broken Hill in New South Wales, the gold-rush town of Kalgoorlie-Boulder in Western Australia, to name but a few.
For those harbouring the illusion that the Australian Outback is a barren desert scrub, a trip to this world of extremes will be a true eye-opener.