With the general definition of the Outback being any area outside of the urban areas of Australia, the Outback is composed of thousands of miles of land with no exact dimensions. Covered in red dirt roads, treeless plains and bush, the Outback makes for a place with not many actual activities to partake in, but with all the glory and wonder that creates the main draw of Australia.
Since the definition is so vague, we’re going to help you make your outback plans easier with this list of things to do there:
The monolith of Ayers Rock tops lists for things to do in the Outback. As both a national icon and spiritual hub for the Aboriginal people, the sight has become a coveted destination for locals and foreigners alike. Besides viewing the color changing wonder that is Ayers Rock, other top attractions include:
- The Olgas
- Broken Hill Sculpture Symposium
- Kings Canyon
- National Parks, like Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
Outback nighttime skies are filled with stars. Combined with the peacefulness of being in the remote section of Australia, travelers find the feeling of camping outside, in a swag, and underneath the clear, speckled sky second to none.
Brave and adventurous travelers prefer to get a feel for the Outback by driving through it. Be sure to study up in advance as a prepared traveler will have less to worry about (ie car problems, gas stations, food and water supplies). Imagine driving across the Nullarbor Plain, stopping off at Outback towns with historical mining significance and a story to share.
Jackaroo / Jillaroo
Ever pictured working on a cattle station? Classes exist where participants can learn the ropes of cattle ranching and then, potentially, get a summer job in the Outback.
Two of the world’s most fascinating long-distance train rides go across Australia’s Outback. The Indian Pacific goes for 3 days from Sydney to Perth, and the Ghan goes for over 2 days from Adelaide to Darwin.
The Aboriginal people have called the Outback home for thousands of years. Aboriginal tours will guide visitors through the history of top Aboriginal spots in relation to their tribe, along with outdoor survival tactics and maybe even some traditional food presentations.