Bush flies in the Australian Outback
by Jeannie Lapping
Hi, are flies a problem only in the warmer months, or do you get swamped in winter too, every time you have a picnic? How can I prepare for this possibility? We were planning to stop and eat next to the road when possible, as it is probably easier for the kids to then run around, on the long trip from Port Augusta to Yulara - is this viable? Thanks for your input.
Rock Wallaby in Alice Springs
Hi again Jeannie,
That's a good question!
The flies can be annoying at times, especially when you want to sit down for a meal. However, on all my travels in Australia, they were never as bad as I expected.
I read somewhere that flies can be a terror one day, and the next day there are just a few in the some location. Looks like it is hard to predict where they appear in disgusting swarms.
I think it shouldn't be so bad in winter. Bush flies don't like the cold, the population in the southern and central parts of Australia dies in winter, or gets at least heavily reduced.
I remember that there were many flies along the Oodnadatta Track, and there was one occasion the flies really spoilt our lunch at an artesian spring.
When we finally arrived at Yulara, there were no flies
at all, for three days! We were there at the end of September.
To be prepared if the flies get annoying, I would bring small fly nets that can be fixed on the kids hats. So they can run around when you stop and won't have the nasty critters in their mouths, eyes, and nostrils.
Do you go to Alica Springs? If you go, you should stay, or at least visit the Heavitree Gap Outback Resort
to watch the wallabies at dusk. They have a special feeding area right behind the motel block. They sell food for the wallabies, and if you are lucky, you can hand-feed them.
The rock wallabies are very shy, you need to sit quietly, and then they come down the steep hill. I am sure the kids would enjoy it.
Sorry, I forgot to mention this when you asked about interesting things for the kids in your other submission.
I wish you no flies, and have a great trip.