Australian Outback, The Iconic Red Centre
It’s the desert regions that surround it in the Northern Territory, South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia, with the largest Outback town – Alice Springs.
What can you expect to see there?
The term Outback is used to describe the emptiness, remoteness and the huge distances of inland Australia. This is exactly what it is.
This vast space in the middle of the continent offers rough / natural experiences, primal sense of space, freedom, wildness and places you never get to see anywhere else on the globe.
☼ Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and Uluru
Kata Tjuta is considered sacred to the Aboriginal people of Australia who believe that this 600 million years old rock formations are home to mass spirit energy. Located about 459 kilometres by road from Alice Springs with the highest point reaching 1066 meters above sea level known as Mount Olga. The longest trail is the 7 kilometre “Valley of the Winds” walk. It offers magnificent panoramic views, which some travellers find even more captivating than Uluru. Uluru (Ayers Rock) | 20 Interesting Facts + Photos
Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park is an UNESCO World Heritage Site for it’s cultural and natural values.
☼ Underground City
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☼ Karlu Karlu | Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve
Driving on the Stewart Highway allow you to experience a range of the Territory’s amazing landscapes. Located 100 km south of Tenet Creek, or 393 km north from Alice Springs, you can admire this awesome ancient landscape.
Gigantic rounded granite boulders (Karlu Karlu translates to “round boulders”) spread in the middle of nowhere, they vary in size between 50 centimetres up to 6 meters across. Every marble looks different. They provide sheltered and cooler environments for plants and animals. It can be super hot there even in the early spring. The best time to visit is between April and September as temperatures are more mild and appealing to our nature.
☼ Crocodile Dundee Bar
☼ Salt Lakes, Including Pink Lakes
Australia holds the record for the amount of pink lakes. A great example of one of these is less than 2 hours drive from Adelaide and you can admire it in all it glory – Lake Bumbunga (Clare Valley).
This is a great rest stop to admire a natural wonder on route to the outback if leaving from Adelaide. The lake is pink in appearance due to a high salinity combined with salt loving algae.
☼ Road Trains
The biggest and longest truck I’ve ever seen.
☼ Outback flies, wild cows, horses, ostriches, camels and lots of other odd insects
Termite nests wearing t shirts 🙂
I have pick only a few examples, but there is much more to see in the Outback. Truly amazing and unforgettable experience, and I can not wait to go back there.