Australia: A Travel Guide to the Outback

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Australia: A Travel Guide to the Outback

Since Australia is one of the most urbanized countries in the world, natives tend to associate the Outback with emptiness, remoteness and huge distances. This is because they don’t know much about these beautiful places. The truth is that nature reigns supreme here, and so does freedom. The Australian Outback is not a precise location, but many of them – and these are the places that everyone should see: couples, families, backpackers and adventurers. The Outback is a place that encourages creativity and deep spirituality – so let’s start this adventure and meet the best of the Australian Outback.

Devils Marbles Conservation

Australia - Devil's Marbles

Australia – Devils Marbles

Located just off the Stuart Highway, the Devils Marbles, or Karlu Karlu, are a collection of massive, rounded, red granite boulders that vary in size from 50 cm up to six meters across. Over millions of years, erosion gradually wore away the edges to form the marbles we see today. You can see these rocks in every brochure about the Australian Outback, but there’s a bit more to this area than two red rocks. You can enjoy scenic bush camping and watch the marbles glowing red in the early morning light. After a long walk around this area, you can visit Tennant Creek about 110 km to the north of the Devils Marbles. You can find everything here that you’d expect from a small Outback town – from mechanical repairs to Aboriginal art galleries.

The Red Centre Way

Australia - Red Center Way

Australia – Red Center Way

Right in the middle of the country, in the hottest and most arid part of the Outback, known as the ‘red centre,’ you will find beautiful Uluru – or as Australians call it, Ayers Rock. For some people, standing on top of Uluru is the ultimate dream, but it’s breathtaking merely to watch Uluru change colors as the sun sets over the endless outback desert. There are so many things you can do in The Red Centre – you can swim in the tropical pools of the Garden of Eden or climb to the rim of Kings Canyon. Moreover, you can explore the steep russet domes of Kata Tjuṯa nearby and make your way through the red desert sands and mulga forest.

The Red Centre is a well-developed tourist center and the Australian Outback around here is wonderfully accessible. That means that you can drive from the Red Centre and see more of the Outback from a car. A small SUV will definitely satisfy your needs for this kind of trip, so relax and enjoy the surroundings from a comfortable car.

Kakadu National Park

Australia - Kakadu National Park

Australia – Kakadu National Park

If you’re tired of walking around, then it’s time to fly over the Kakadu and enjoy an awe-inspiring sight. This national park covers 19,804 km² of beautiful nature that includes various spectacular waterfalls. Getting a bird’s eye view of this beauty is a must, although it is a bit costly. You always have a choice, so will you choose a fancy hotel or will you spend money on flying over mouth-wateringly beautiful waterfalls? Kakadu is on the north of the Australian Outback characterized by countless impressive gorges and rugged ranges. Because of its remoteness, this area is also known as the Outback of the Australian Outback, but it’s definitely worth seeing it.

The West MacDonnell Ranges, Alice Springs

Australia - The West MacDonnell Ranges

Australia – The West MacDonnell Ranges

Although you may find this place a bit too touristy, there are still so many things you can do there. For example, you can ride a bicycle to the Simpsons Gap, have a picnic with your family and swim in the deep waterhole, Ellery Creek Big Hole – or take a long walk and camp in Redbank Gorge. All these places are not so far from Alice Springs, so you can drive there while enjoying the stunning nature. For example, Simpsons Gap is only 18 km from Alice Springs, meaning you can rent a bicycle and ride there. On the other hand, you will have to drive a car to Glen Helen Outback Lodge since it’s 132 km away.

So, pack your bags and hit the road! There are so many things that you can see in the Australian Outback. Aboriginal myths and history will inspire you and nature… there are no words to describe it, so you will have to go and see it yourself.

Cooper Klein

Cooper Klein

Cooper Klein is a frequent traveller and an occasional writer from Sydney, Australia. In order to spend more time with his amazing family, Cooper decided to take a break from work.