So where is the outback? For some ‘outback Australia’ can mean anywhere
beyond the urban city metropolitan, although it is really anywhere that is
inland of Australia and a long way from the coast and ocean. It is where down
the road can be a couple hundred kilometres or more.
So what is the outback?
It is a place out of which myths have arisen. A place of inspiration for poets,
artists and writers. Associated with vast open spaces, it is a place that evokes
freedom and spirituality.
The outback is also a place that is home to colourful characters, outback
hospitality and Aboriginal people. With vast outback stations and outback towns,
it offers the visitor a unique experience.
The outback is more than just red
sand and desert, gorges and waterholes, it is centred around
spreading out through the vast
Australia region. It is a region that extends south through the
Flinders Ranges, north
through the Barkly region, east and west along the fabulous
MacDonnell Ranges and
beyond. This wonderful outback region crosses borders into Queensland, South
Australia and Western Australia.
So if you are a city slicker or a visitor from overseas, come and explore
beyond our main cities, there is much to see here in the heart of the Northern
Territory Outback region, a region that encompasses a number of towns,
roadhouses and other localities including
Tjuta and Kings Canyon.
For the self-drive tourist, you can experience this wonderful region by
following the ‘Red Centre Way’. For further information
contact your tourist
information centre or travel agent.
Many tourist like the freedom of the self-drive tours, but don't forget that
there are many guided tours, some of which include the tag-along for those
bringing their own vehicles. Some tours and charter operators may be listed here
under specific destination. Don’t forget to visit the
Outback link and other categories for more tour operators and check out our
sections, for local clubs.