47 Reasons ALL Australians Need to Visit the Outback

It’s our mission to convince ALL Australians that they should be travelling in their own country as well as overseas. So we decided to ask our 7000 Facebook fans to tell us why all Australians should visit the outback.

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.

Uluru from the air

2. Sleeping in swags

Sleeping in swags, William Creek, South Australia

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.

Simpson Desert, French Line, South Australia

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.

Birdsville Races, Birdsville, outback Queensland

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?

Dalhousie Springs, outback South Australia

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!

Larapinta Trail, Alice Springs, outback Australia

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.

beanies, Alice Springs Beanie Fesitval

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.

dingo, Alice Springs Desert Park, ouback Australia

12. Spend the night underground in Coober Pedy

This is something EVERYONE just has to do! Book your room underground in Coober Pedy today.

Coober Pedy, underground hotel, outback Australia

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, Burke and Wills, outback Queensland

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.

Poeppells Corner, Simpsons Desert, outback Australia

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…

Docker Road, Great Central Road, outback Australia

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.

Farina bakery, South Australia, outback 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.

Ormiston Pound, Ormiston Gorge, West MacDonnell Ranges

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!

Mungerannie Pub, Birdsville Track, outback Australia

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:

Redbank Gorge, West MacDonnell Ranges, outback Australia

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:

mileage sign, outback australia

22. Free accommodation

Most of our favourite campsites are free – like this one on the Owen Springs Reserve near Alice Springs in central Australia.

This handy little app will show you where to find FREE accommodation Australia-wide.

Owen Springs, camping, outback Australia

23. Take a silly picture at the Devil’s Marbles

Devils Marbles, Northern Territory, Australia

It’s mandatory. If you visit the Devils Marbles, you MUST take a silly photo.

24. Glamping at Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon Wilderness lodge, Watarrka, Northern Territory

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

Mt Sonder sunrise, West MacDonnell National Park

Located in the West MacDonnell National Park, the 8km climb up Mt Sonder is definitely one of our faves…

26. See the Dingo Fence

dingo fence, outback Australia

The dingo fence stretches 5,614 kilometres (3,488 mi)from the Darling Downs in Queensland, to the Nullarbor Plain , near Nundroo in South Australia.

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.

Marree Camel Races, South Australia

28. The Valley of the Winds at Kata Tjuta in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Do you really need any explanation…?

Valley of the Winds walk, Kata Tjuta, Uluru

29. Dinosaurs

Bring out your inner paleontologist with a visit to Winton in outback Queensland.

dinosaurs, Winton, QLD

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!

Canning Stock Route, Ptilotus, Western Australia

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?

Know Gorge, Karijini National Park, Western Australia

33. Outback sunsets

Uluru sunset, Northern Territory

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 🙂

Birdsville, Big Red, Queensland

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…

Great Central Road, Tjukaruru Road, outback Australia

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.

Len Beadell, Gunbarrell Highway

38. Get away from the office

Larapinta Trail, Alice Springs, outback Australia

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.

Lawn Hill National Park, outback Queensland

40. Because it’s there

Yes, the classic Sir Edmund Hillary answer: “…do it because it’s there..” and we totally agree!

Tower Rock, outback Australia

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…

Mt Sonder, Red Centre Way, Northern Territory

43. Longreach

The birthplace of Qantas, the Stockman’s Hall of Fame, beautiful old pubs… Longreach is another outback fave for many people.

Longreach, Queensland, Stockman's Hall of Fame

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.

Big Red, Birdsville, Simpson Desert

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.

Kings Canyon, Northern Territory

46. Andamooka

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.

Andamooka miners huts, South Australia

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!

Rainbow Valley, Red Centre, Australia

That’s just a few of the reasons to visit the Outback.We’re sure there’s 1000s more.

What have we missed? Tell us YOUR reason why every Australian should visit the outback in the comments below.




1 Comment

  • Doug says:

    “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…”

    I did this road west to east in May 2014 on my motorcycle.
    In May 2015 I did about 100 km of it, east to west. I then experienced the corrugations west to east in the back of an ambulance – they hurt when ribs and shoulder blade are broken.
    I’ll be doing it AGAIN in May 2017 but in a 4WD this time. It’s a fantastic road and a way to see areas most others don’t.

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