Monday, September 30, 2013

First Time in Australia? Best Places in the Outback to Experience

The outback is the heart and soul of Australia. It is place of rugged beauty and stunning landscapes. It is vast - the distances between towns and settlements are often great. If you are visiting Australia for the first time you must visit the outback to gain a true understanding of the spirit of the land.

Travel in the outback is not for the feint-hearted. You will need to be prepared. If you are driving you will need to make sure your vehicle is in good condition. You should always carry extra water. It is a good idea to let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return. Rather than carry a lot of cash you should carry a travel card as there are ATM’s at most outback posts. There are lots of travel cards available for this purpose. One of the best is the Travel Money Oz Cash Passport. You can apply for one online at http://www.travelmoneyoz.com/and collect it two days later.

So, where should you visit in the great Australian outback? Here are some of the top places to experience.

Longreach, Queensland

Stockman's Hall of Fame in Longreach, Queensland / image via Wikipedia
Longreach is one of the most famous outback towns in Queensland. It was the founding centre for the Qantas, Australia’s most iconic airline. It was originally established at the crossroads of many of the stock routes winding through western Queensland.

Broken Hill, NSW

Broken Hill has its roots in mining and is the quintessential outback town. Its’ claim to fame is the classic Australian pub, Mario’s Palace, which was starred in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

Heysen Trail, South Australia

This amazing walking trail takes in 1,200 kilometres of incredible outback terrain. It will take you along the ridge of Mt Lofty, through the breathtaking Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Range and ends at the Parachilna Gorge. Awe-inspiring!

Coober Pedy, South Australia

This is the town under the ground. To beat the scorching 50°C heat, this town was carved under the outback sands. Coober Pedy is an opal mining town and you can still try your luck fossicking for opals here.

The Kimberley, Western Australia

This is one of the most dramatic and remote areas in Australia. The best way to visit is from Broome, a remote beach town with a history of Chinese and Malay occupation. The Bungle Bungle national park is one of the most beautiful landscapes on the planet.

Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory

Kakadu covers more than 19,000 square kilometres. It is massive. In this ancient part of Australia you will find Aboriginal rock art dating back more than 20,000 years.

The Ghan

This is Australia’s great outback railway, running right across the country from Darwin to Adelaide. It follows the path of Afghan camel trains who gave the train its’ name and is the journey of a lifetime if you want to experience the outback.

Uluru, Northern Territory

In the very heart of Australia this great rock rises out of the land. It is a sacred aboriginal site and is one of Australia’s most famous outback destinations.
Don’t miss the outback. It is truly the heart and soul of Australia.

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