What's it like in the Australian Outback?
The Outback is an enormous, sometimes featureless mass of emptiness which covers approximately 6.5 million square kilometres of Australia. It has no clearly defined boundaries ... it is the vast inland of Australia.
From the great Nullarbor Plain to Darwin’s National Parks, and from the Kimberley’s to the iconic monolith of Uluru, the Outback has some truly remarkable sights on offer.
Mostly arid red dessert displaying little or no signs of life, the area known as The Outback intrigues, mystifies and excites travellers. Pure primal nature and untouched prehistoric landscapes set the scene for a unique Outback adventure. Nowhere else is the Aboriginal culture as unspoilt and real as in the spiritual immensity of Outback Australia.
The expanse of land mass can often deter budget travellers as costs for travelling increase in these more isolated destinations. However, we have a number of incredible tours for you to choose from, many of which feature "top of the list" for those who wish to understand the real Australia.
Head to Alice Springs and take a tour to Uluru. Camp by this incredible landmark and watch the magnificent rise and fall of the sun. If you have time to hand then don’t fly, stay on the ground and gain first-hand experience of the Outback. Visit the underground caves, swim in the water holes, sleep in swags under the stars, and sample real bush tucker.
Most tours are all inclusive of 4WD vehicle, guide, camp equipment and meals. The length of tours vary, and some include more in-depth site seeing. Self-drive tours are also available if you want the freedom do things your own way. For the true outback experience these tours rates highly in the feedback stakes.
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Hot Backpacking Deals for the Real Australian Outback
Here is just a small selection of our most popular backpacker tours and travel packages covering the Australian Outback. Remember that we are able to adapt any package to suit your requirements.
- Go Outback with The Rock Tour - 3 day 2 night fully guided tour to Uluru departing from Alice Springs. Including: air-conditioned transport + fun, experienced tour guides + swags + camping equipment + all meals + FREE camel ride + National Park fees + 2 nights accommodation in Alice Springs (with 2 FREE breakfasts) = $320 (AUD).
- Take a 5 day 5 night tour from Alice Springs to Adelaide. Visit and explore Uluru, Kings Canyon, Kata Tjuta and Coober Pedy. Including: air-conditioned transport + fun, experienced tour guided + all food + camping or accommodation + National Park fees + 1 night accommodation in either Alice Springs or Adelaide = $645 (AUD).
- Full day tour of Kakadu National Park, depart and return to Darwin. What you'll see: Wangi Falls, Florence Falls, Cathedral termite mounds. Including: all touring, croc cruise, lunch, cold drinks and hostel transfers = $99 (AUD).
If you'd like more information about these tours and packages, or if you'd like us to build you a personalised travel package just send us an email. Remember that our travel planning service is totally free and you are under no obligation to buy from us. We also pride ourselves on beating any other genuine quotes you may have received.
The Australian Outback: Did you know ...
- For some people the Australian Outback begins 100km outside the big cities, for others it's when they don't see any humans on their entire trip.
- There is a 5531km dingo fence that runs from South Australia through New South Wales to Queensland. It is the world's longest fence.
- Due to its low humidity and the absence of artificial light sources and pollution, the Australian outback is among the best places in the world for astronomers. To the naked eye the sky appears to be ablaze with countless stars.
- Uluru is the largest monolith on Earth. It is 9km in circumference and has a height of 348 metres. More than two-third of the rock is within the ground.
- The sun can change the colours of Uluru. The colours range right from red to blue, pink, brown and silver during the rain.