The Australian outback is home to some of the country’s finest and most diverse animals and species and not only that but it covers most of Australia. Most think that the Outback is a term used for a piece of land which is ‘Outback’ in the bushes and back garden of most Australians, but the term is actually used whenever there is an area which is sparsely populated.
For most travellers the Outback is a place where you can enjoy vast terrains and as previously mentioned the great Australian wildlife but in this scorching desert you will find captivating sunsets, colossal hills, colourful waterholes and even some Aboriginal carvings and art. In most cases exploring the Outback any traveller can be victim to 50°C temperatures in the mid-summer months but then all can drastically change when visiting on a winter night where temperatures are known to drop below -10°C.
The Australian outback is home to the heart of the country’s largest employment sectors, mining, tourism and agriculture. If you haven’t travelled the globe to partake in one of these sectors or you a merely looking for something more interesting then you will not be disappointed as the outback is home to numerous archaeological and fossil dig sites. This fiery red desert is home to only know fossilised stampede in the world and has preserved thousands of dinosaur footprints in the mudstone.
Now facts aside, I am sure that you are not only looking for a few interesting facts on the outback but you are also looking for some of the best places to visit whilst there. Here are just a few of my favourite place to venture to if you are ever lucky enough to be in the great Australian outback.
Longreach, Queensland is home to the quirky outback people who specialise in night long campfires and traditional Aussie poetry. Be sure to stop by one of these campfires as you will be accepted into open arms to join in and experience the spiritual home of the outback. Not only is there a wealth of activities to get involved in but you may also find it interesting to know that Longreach was the birth place of Australian national airline Qantas and of course , if you know your Australian history, home to the first flying surgeon.
Incredible waterholes and scenic views across the Australian outback are just a few of the things you can be doing when heading to Flinders Ranges in South Australia. I strongly advise to jump into the nearest hot air balloon and head over the top of the spectacular rock basin of Wilpena Pound as well as the Aboriginal art at Arkaroo Rock. When you are all tired out and need a rest then you can make your way to just one of a number of traditional Australian pubs, cafes and restaurants for some real outback bush tucker.
Hop on a boat down the Murray River and enjoy the Australian wildlife and of course a calming trip down the drink. Mildura can be found in Victoria and is known for its lush ancient landscapes and of course what every visitor is looking for, its endless sunshine. If you are prone to a quick chunder whilst travelling on water, then why not take a trip in a hot air balloon or in a 4×4 truck to explore the depths of this beautiful terrain. If all this isn’t enough for you then make sure you head over to the sand dunes of Lake Mungo to experience more of the traditional Aboriginal culture.