Here are just a few of the fabulous reasons they came –and we- up with:
1. It’s our backyard
With the exception of people who live in the ACT and Tasmania, the outback really is in every Australian’s backyard.
2. Sleeping in swags
Everyone should -at least once in their life- experience sleeping under the stars in a swag. It’s what we locals do…all the time!
3. Camping in the Simpson Desert with friends
Whilst we’re talking about camping, the ULTIMATE place to camp -in our humble opinion- is the Simpson Desert. With friends and red wine, making memories that will live with you forever.
4. It’s who we are
So much of our cultural identity is drawn from the outback – from wide open spaces, a sense of freedom, a pioneering spirit that overcomes adversity with a shrug and a ‘She’ll be right mate.”
5. The Birdsville Races
The Birdsville Races is on every September, and the town’s population swells from 100 to 6500. Over 80,000 cans of bear and 150km of toilet paper are consumed. People fly in from around the world to see it. It’s so popular, it’s even got its own infographic.
6. It’s a spiritual experience
Many people we asked said that visiting the outback filled them with a sense of awe, something deep and authentic. And no, they weren’t smoking any funny cigarettes…
7. Swimming in Dalhousie Springs in mid-July
Ten degrees Celsius outside…38 degrees Celsius inside. What could be more AWESOME than swimming in an outback oasis in mid-winter and having your very own special exfoliation by the tiny little fish who live there?
8. Never take a bad photo
It really is almost impossible to take a bad photo in the outback. The contrasts of colour, the striking landscapes… It’s really just point and shoot!
9. The Alice Springs Beanie Festival
Going camping in the outback in winter? It’s cold. Freezing in fact. You’ll need a beanie – but not just your Gran’s beanies, you’re going to need a special beanie that captures the quirky, diverse essence of the outback.
That’s why a visit to the Alice Springs Beanie Festival is a must!
10. Five Million Star Accommodation
Forget that gated, sanitized resort at Nusa Dua. We’ve got 5,000,000 star accommodation out here.
11. Hear dingoes howl
Whilst you don’t necessarily need to go to the outback to hear dingoes howl in Australia, it seems to be a lot easier to hear them when you’re outback, camping in your swag under the stars.
12. Spend the night underground in Coober Pedy
This is something EVERYONE just has to do! Book your room underground in Coober Pedy today.
13. See the Dig Tree
Most Australians know the story of the ill-fated expedition of Burke and Wills, in their attempt to cross the continent in 1860. It’s a story that continues to captivate people today. So a visit to the famous Dig Tree is a must for any Australian who’s even got a passing interest in this piece of avoidable outback tragedy.
The Dig Tree is in outback western Queensland, not far from Innamincka (which is in South Australia). The information shelter at the Dig Tree Reserve is full of fabulous history and worth a visit in its own right.
14. Visit Poeppel’s Corner
Poeppel’s Corner is where the borders of the Northern Territory, South Australia and Queensland meet. It’s a point within the Simpson Desert, reached by travelling on the French Line or QAA line.
15. Red Dirt
We all need to get some red dirt under our nails, in our hair, in every nook and cranny in our 4WDs…
16. Farina’s Underground Bakery
For six weeks every winter, wonderful volunteers open the unique underground bakery in the ‘ghost’ town of Farina in outback South Australia.
17. See Wild Budgerigars
There’s no better place than camping beside an outback billabong or dry creek bed to see budgies in the outback.
18. Experience real freedom
There are few places in the world where you will feel for free and so in tune with yourself as in the outback. It is truly medicine for the busy, urban soul.
19. Visit Phil at Mungerannie Pub
Mungerannie Pub is halfway along the Birdsville Track. Just GO!! You’ll have the BEST time – we guarantee it!
20. Rubber tubing in Redbank Gorge
Redbank Gorge is well worth the short, 1 km walk in to actually see this narrow, spectacular gorge. It often is mistaken for similar gorges in the Kimberleys, but this one is most definitely in the Red Centre!
Even the most die-hard coastal dweller would enjoy doing this:
21. Thousands of kilometres between traffic lights
One of the thing which people said they loved about the outback was NO traffic lights! There’s many places you can go and you won’t see a single traffic light for days:
22. Free accommodation
Most of our favourite campsites are free – like this one on the Owen Springs Reserve near Alice Springs in central Australia.
23. Take a silly picture at the Devil’s Marbles
It’s mandatory. If you visit the Devils Marbles, you MUST take a silly photo.
24. Glamping at Kings Canyon
The not-so-expensive alternative to the outrageously priced (and child UNFRIENDLY) luxury tents at Uluru, the Kings Canyon Wilderness Lodge offers luxury for ordinary people. Like you and me…
25. Mt Sonder sunrise
Located in the West MacDonnell National Park, the 8km climb up Mt Sonder is definitely one of our faves…
26. See the Dingo Fence
27. Marree Camel Races
Lots of outback towns have camel races now, but Marree – with its prime location at the junction of the Birdsville and Oodnadatta Tracks, must surely be THE place to go to see camels race.
28. The Valley of the Winds at Kata Tjuta in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
Do you really need any explanation…?
Bring out your inner paleontologist with a visit to Winton in outback Queensland.
30. The Canning Stock Route
The ULTIMATE outback track. The Canning Stock Route traverses 1850km of super-remote Western Australia from Halls Creek in the north to Willuna in the south. Leave your camper trailer at home on the CSR – it eats them!
31. To find yourself
…Or lose yourself. Gary is on top of Mt Johns, overlooking Alice Springs. Not lost at all, really.
32. Karijini National Park
Are there ANY bad pictures of Karajini National Park in the Kimberley region in Western Australia?
33. Outback sunsets
34. The Oodnadatta Track
If there’s only ONE outback track you ever do, make it the Oodnadatta Track. It’s suitable for beginners and there’s LOTS to see and do along the way.
35. Friendly Locals
That’d be us 🙂
36. The Great Central Road/Tjukaruru Road
This is an epic trek through some spectacular and remote country – with plenty of fuel stops along the way. Do it BEFORE they bitumenise the West Australian side. Also worth doing to experience the WORST corrugations in the NT on the Northern Territory side.
Anyone who thinks the corrugations on the Red Centre Way are bad HASN’T been on this road…
37. Len Beadell’s tracks
The Gunbarrell Highway, the Sandy Blight Track, the Connie Sue Highway, the Anne Beadell Highway… these and several other famous outback tracks are the creation of surveyor and artist, Len Beadell. We really recommend his books and audio recordings. Check them out here.
We also recommend getting out and driving a few of them. Start with the Sandy Blight Track or parts of the Gunbarrell Highway.
38. Get away from the office
Anywhere in the outback works… this is the Brinkley Bluff on the world famous Larapinta Trail, in Central Australia.
39. Lawn Hill
Yet another place you can’t take a bad picture, Lawn Hill National Park in north west Queensland is definitely a favourite with many of our readers.
40. Because it’s there
Yes, the classic Sir Edmund Hillary answer: “…do it because it’s there..” and we totally agree!
41. Alice Springs
Honestly, if you HAVEN’T been to Alice Springs, then you haven’t really visited the outback. Alice Springs is the unofficial capital of the outback – and a fabulous place to live and work.
42. No limits
Just get in the car and go… stop when you want to. Go where you want to go…
The birthplace of Qantas, the Stockman’s Hall of Fame, beautiful old pubs… Longreach is another outback fave for many people.
44. Visit Big Red (Napperanica)
Driving up Big Red (the biggest sand dune in the Simpson Desert) was very popular – and having done it, we know why.
45. Connect with Country
All Australians can learn from Aboriginal people about the true meaning of ‘country’ as a place of belonging and true refuge. Many people told us that the outback was the place where they’d connected with country more than anywhere else in Australia.
Andamooka is a quirky opal mining town in outback South Australia, not far from Roxby Downs. You’ll find miner’s huts and outdoor dunnies still standing proudly in the main street.
47. You don’t have to go through customs
Nope, if you’re an Aussie there’s absolutely NO excuse not to visit YOUR outback!
That’s just a few of the reasons to visit the Outback.We’re sure there’s 1000s more.
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