The Australian Outback encompasses millions of miles of remote space. The varied terrains found here include everything from desert and grassland to canyons, mountains and forest. While taking a trip around Australia, many desire to experience the Outback. There are many fascinating destinations and activities to enjoy.
Familiarise yourself with the flora and fauna of the Outback in the Alice Springs Desert Park. Among the native vegetation, guests encounter dingoes, princess parrots and the shaggy-haired kangaroo.
The Olive Pink Botanic Gardens is another popular destination where various Australian plant species thrive. Stop in at the Bean Tree Cafe for a quick bite to eat.
Art lovers enjoy browsing through the Aboriginal art at the Mbantua Gallery and the Papunya Tula Artists.
Head south of town to the Owen Spring Reserve and embark on a hot air balloon excursion. Keep on the lookout for parrots flying by and the kangaroos frolicking below.
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
Australian Outback camping tours might begin at the Ayers Rock Resort where campsites are readily available. Hike along the 7.4 kilometer (4.6 mile) Valley of the Winds trail to see the Kata Tjuta formation. The Walpa Gorge trail is shorter at a mere 2.6 kilometers (1.6 miles). The site is especially enchanting in the afternoon when the sun fills the gorge.
Reserve a seat in the evening for the Sounds of Silence dinner experience. As you dine under the blue sky, you have a clear view of Uluru. Once the sun sets, a “star talker” explains the twinkling display above. The next morning, embark on an Uluru Camel Tour to get up close and personal with the beloved formation that stands an impressive 350 meters (1,150 feet) in height. Guided walks provide the chance to learn about Aboriginal creation stories and the importance Uluru plays in the culture.
The mining town of Broken Hill dates back to the 1880s and is popular with artists and filmmakers. Attractions found here include various galleries and the Living Desert Sculptures. Start the journey at one of the Broken Hill caravan parks where you have the option of staying in a cabin, parking an RV at a powered site or simply pitching a tent.
The facilities include showers and toilets along with swimming pools and BBQ areas. From Broken Hill, drive to the park where old lake beds and sand dunes resemble a lunar landscape. Tour the area with an Aboriginal guide who takes guests to the locations where people lived for more than 45,000 years. See the ancient burial sites and fireplaces of a once thriving community and where artifacts continue being discovered. Enjoy a pleasant stroll along the Walls of China Boardwalks and witness the unique formations created by mud and sand. The location becomes a photographic experience at sunset when the site displays yellow, orange and deep red hues.
Water Hole Hopping
Venture to the town of Katherine and experience the crystal clear, warm waters of the local natural springs. Situated within the lush monsoon forest are six pools that are popular with locals and visitors alike. The hot springs in Mataranka are another option and are about one hour away. Enjoy relaxing in the clear water surrounded by natural vegetation.
Hire a canoe or a kayak and paddle along the Katherine River through the Nitmiluk Gorge. Or, hike to the western area of the park to Leliyn and Edith Falls and indulge in a dip in the upper or lower pools. The Litchfield National Park is located north of Katherine and is prized for its stunning waterfalls and swimming holes. Popular destinations within the park include Wangi Falls, Florence Falls and Buley Rockhole. The Litchfield Tourist Park also provides the chance to have a quick meal or to enjoy a beverage at the bar.
Tennant Creek is one of the largest towns in the Northern Territory and is popular for outdoor recreation. The Mary Ann Dam attracts visitors desiring to swim, barbecue, picnic or enjoy bushwalking adventures. Learn about the local mining history at the Battery Hill Mining Centre.
Explore the history of indigenous people at the Nyinkka Nyunyu Art and Culture Centre. Tour the museum and gallery to see artwork, tools and household items used by the people. Dioramas explain the town’s culture and heritage along with providing a glimpse of the local flora and fauna. A landscaped garden offers a closer look at native plants. The facility also hosts traditional music and dance presentations during the day. Stop at the Jajjikari Cafe for a refreshing juice or a snack.
The famous Karlu Karlu Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve lies approximately 100 kilometers to the south. The unusual scene features massive granite boulders scattered and stacked precariously atop one another in a shallow valley. The formations turn a vibrant red around sunset. The location is also filled with a variety of vegetation and wildlife. Bush camping is also welcome here.