This Outback facts page gives answers to the most common questions about the vast inland that includes also the Australian deserts. Enjoy some pictures that show you how beautiful Australia's Outback is. It is a place many travellers have fallen in love with.
Is the Outback a huge desert?
If you imagine that the Outback consists only of sand and stony plains, than the answer is definitely NO!
The Outback has no clearly defined boundaries. It is the vast inland with endless horizons, loneliness and stunning nature.
For some people the Australian Outback begins some 100 km outside the big cities, others arrive when they don't see any humans on their entire trip.
Of course, there are large deserts in Australa's inland, areas of rolling sand dunes and gibber plains, but not all deserts consist of sand and stones. Actually, a desert is not defined by its appearance but by the amount of rain it receives. Additionaly, evaporation is usually higher than precipitaion (rain).
Is the Outback boring?
Not at all. By no means is the Outback flat and featureless. You'll be surprised to see the diversity of landscapes. Rocky hills, flood plains, sand dune country, red sand covered with wildflowers after rain. You will love Outback Australia for sure.
Many Australians talk about the "bush" when they refer to the remote places of their country. Perhaps the bush is the crossing from the urbanised areas to the true Outback. Fact is, the farther west you go from the east coast, the more lonely it gets.
Australia and the Outback hold some surprising world records.
Yes, of course!
There are tracks and regions that require very good preparation, a 4WD and a bit of experience.
On the other hand, you can reach the Australian Outback on sealed highways with your family car as well.
Eyre Highway leads from Port Augusta to Western Australia, crossing the Nullarbor Plain.
The Stuart Highway crosses Australia from the south to north. It takes you straight into the red centre, to Alice Springs and Uluru. This journey starts either from Adelaide or Darwin.
Finally, you can travel in Queensland along the sealed Matilda Highway and its several byways, and explore towns with great history.
The routes and regions covered in this Outback Guide can be done by everyone. Plan well ahead, and you will get the most out of your trip. Being prepared is one of the most important Outback facts.
Rita's Outback Guide is here for your help. Browse around this site, find the place that inspires you. There is information about routes & tracks, as well as about Outback safety, how to prepare your car, places to stay, where to get food or a cool drink. Isn't it nice to know where to get a beer when you're going to the middle of nowhere! :)