The outback is the heart and soul of Australia. If you’re gearing up for your gap year, or you’re looking forward to adventure travel down under, it’s well worth taking time out to explore the outback and enjoy an authentic Australian experience.
Exploring the outback
There are various options open to you if you’re keen to discover the wonders of the outback. You can either be an intrepid explorer and embark on a road trip, organise a home stay in the outback, or join an organised tour. If you’re eager to meet new friends and enjoy the experience with others, bus tours are a great option. You can choose from a range of itineraries and experience all kinds of different activities and excursions on your travels.
The Australian outback is vast. It’s impossible to explore it in its entirety unless you have months at your disposal. Here are some highlights to include in your itinerary:
Parachilna: if you’re travelling from Adelaide to Darwin, stop off at the beautiful Clare Valley wineries to enjoy the open views and sample some of the local produce.
Flinders Ranges National Park: Flinders Ranges National Park is a sprawling area jam-packed with mesmerising geographical features, including gorges, canyons, mountains and rumbling creeks. You can try all kinds of activities here, from hiking and kayaking to mountain biking and fishing. En route to your next stop, visit the salt-covered shores of Lake Eyre.
Coober Pedy: prepare to be transported back in time when you visit rustic Coober Pedy. This mining town is an outback gem, which supplies around 75 per cent of the world’s opals. Once you’ve brushed up on your outback history, it’s time to meet some of Australia’s cuddliest creatures with a visit to the local kangaroo sanctuary.
Alice Springs and Uluru: on your way to Alice Springs, you’ll cross the infamous Moon Plain, so-called because of its similarity to lunar environments. Spend time exploring Alice Springs before heading to one of Australia’s most iconic landmarks, Uluru. Home of Ayers Rock, this is an opportunity to witness the wonders of the burning red rock and hone your photography skills.
King’s Canyon: King’s Canyon is a sight to behold. Grab your walking boots and limber up for a trek, which will treat you to breathtaking views.
Kakadu National Park: a vast expanse, Kakadu National Park is a beautiful place to unwind or get your adrenaline pumping. Try out some outdoor pursuits, or while away the hours taking in the views.
Darwin: round off your trip in style with a visit to the stunning Litchfield National Park, where you’ll find rivers, waterfalls and rugged outcrops.