Why Its Worth Exploring The Australian Outback
By strict definition the Australian Outback refers to the very remote and dry areas of Australia, although it may also refer to the land that lies outsides the boundaries of the populated urban areas. Although it is known as “Sunburnt Country” it is home to purple foliage, stream waters and some wonderful fauna, from birdlife to marsupials.
Home to awesome sunsets, red hills, and aspects of Aboriginal heritage you will find that travelling off the beaten track to the Australian Outback offers so many attractions. It is well worth exploring the many outstanding sights to see during your dream holiday! Read on for the reasons why…
Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame
This museum is located in Longreach, Queensland, and it pays tribute to the pioneers of the Australian outback, and those who have displayed courage and bravery in their lives. The museum founder was Hugh Sawrey, whose idea was to create a memorial to the explorers and those who settled in the Australian Outback. The original interpretive centre was a sandstone cottage, which has now been tastefully restored. Read more about the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame.
Broome, West Australia
Visit the pearling town of Broome in the west Australian region of Kimberley. The town is steeped in history with regard to the pearling industry and the harvesting of oysters. Make sure to take a trip to Cable Beach (which was so aptly named as there was once a telegraph cable sent to Singapore from here which connected to England) and see the white sands and turquoise waters. You can see dinosaur footprints 30m out to sea and at Gantheaume Point, which date from 130 million years ago. Town Beach and Roebuck Bay are other areas that you should visit. Find out more about Broome.
Broken Hill NSW
Take a trip to Broken Hill in New South Wales. This former mining town area was called Silver City. It was once the largest silver, lead and zinc mine in the world. It now inspires artists fascinated by the spectacular sights. The Living Desert Sculptures in the area are all well worth viewing. Read more about Broken Hill New South Wales.
The Flinders Ranges are the largest Mountain Range in South Australia. They are located around 200km to the north west of Adelaide. The most fascinating part of the ranges is Wilpena Pound, which is a large, sickle shaped area, which covers nearly 80km, and home to the highest peak in the ranges, St Mary Peak. Also nearby is the Flinders Ranges National Park. Check out the wonderful Aboriginal art at Arkaroo Rock. Check out the website to discover more about the Flinders Ranges.
Glen Helen Gorge
If you are exploring the MacDonnell Ranges of the Northern Territory, you will come across the cool waterhole called Glen Helen Gorge. It is a haven area for the fish and water bird species of the Finke River. Make sure to take a dip in the cool waters after your trek through the mountains! Find out more about Glen Helen Gorge.
Kununurra, Western Australia
Take a trip to the Western Region area of Kununurra and see the ridges and ranges that are over 300 million years of age! The area is renowned for the mining of pink diamonds. At the local rodeo you can go bull riding, or be thrilled by the outback horse race. Visit the huge Lake Argyle and be astounded by the magnificent views.
Also known as Uluru in Aboriginal language, this is a large sandstone formation to the south of the Northern Territory, Central Australia. It is located nearly 300 miles to the south west of Alice Springs. Sacred to the local Aboriginal people of the area, the area has many waterholes, springs, ancient paintings and deep caves. Ayers Rock and Mount Olga (Kata Tjuta) are part of the Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park that is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ayers Rock is one of the national icons of Australia. Find out more about Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park.
Located in the North West of Victoria, Mildura is an oasis in the outback. It has wonderful moon like landscapes, and picturesque vineyards. You will learn all about Aboriginal culture in the sand dunes at Lake Mungo, or in the wonderful Willandra Lakes, which are World Heritage Listed. You can take a steam cruise along the lakes on a historically recreated ship. The scenery is rugged and beautiful, and you can see a whole lot more by taking a trip on a hot air balloon! Read more about Mildura Tourism.
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