Tempting as it may be to city-hop around Australia, soaking up the glitzy glamour of the major destinations in between lounging on the golden beaches, the truth is that it’d be a pity to travel all that way without dipping a toe into the vast Australian outback. It’s a place quite unlike any other, making up over 70% of the entire nation yet being home to a tiny 3% of the overall population – yet empty and without attractions it most certainly is not! Here we’ll take a look at the most accessible and attractive outback towns that are great staging posts for exploring the outback – and don’t forget your couverture santé Australie and sun-cream…
Perhaps the most ‘Australian’ town in the entire nation, this northern city is a cultural melting pot mixed in with the rugged ethos of the traditional outback. Hot, dusty, and full of characters yet with all the trappings of a modern city, Darwin is a great launching pad for a trip or tour into the outback of the Northern Territory.
By a glance at the map, this town looks about as impossible to reach as the moon – situated almost bang in the middle of the country and a long way from almost anywhere else. The fact is though that it’s just a flight away from most of the major cities and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the whole of Australia thanks to it being close to the Yulara National Park and of course Uluru (Ayer’s Rock).
Situated on the western coast Broome offers a slightly different kind of outback – a much more tropical and beach orientated kind of emptiness. The beaches nearby are considered by those in the know to be among the best in the world, offering amazing water-sports and marine life and serves to give the surrounding wilderness a much more laid back feel that the endless heat to be found in the central regions.
The 4000 or so residents mostly live underground or indoors as it gets so hot in the area and are mainly employed in the opal mining businesses that surround this epitome of the ‘frontier’ outback town. Mostly a town in the middle of the desert, Coober Pedy makes the most of what nature has granted it by literally being unlike anywhere else on the planet. Desert golf, cave hotels, and the kind of bar where everyone has met ‘Mick’ Dundee!
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