7 Things to Do in the Australian Outback
Did you know that the Australian Outback takes up much of Australia and there are so many things to see and do? Visiting the Outback is a must do when you visit Australia. Here are the top 9 things to do in the Australian Outback.
1 Visit Uluru
When you visit the Outback you have to visit Uluru (Ayers Rock). It is an iconic symbol that lies in the heart of this red rock county reaching 1,141 feet in the air. You can see the stars from the desert, dine under the night sky, take guided tours that teach you about the history and more!
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2 Alice Springs Desert Park
Alice Springs Desert Park is the best wildlife park in the Outback, highlighting much of Central Australia’s plants and animals in three different desert habitats. Check out the dingoes, emus and kangaroos, who sometimes try to untie your shoelaces if you stand in one place for too long! See birds of prey that swoop down from the sky. Visit the Nocturnal House where you can discover some of the rare creatures that you aren’t likely to see in the wild.
3 Take a Helicopter Flight Over Kakadu National Park
The Kakadu national Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to a 5th of all of Australia’s animals including 10,000 crocodiles, both salt and freshwater crocodiles. You can also see kangaroos, wallabies, quolls, exotic birds, ancient Aboriginal rock art and thundering waterfalls. One of the best ways to see this is with a helicopter tour where you can see it’s impressive size and have a bird’s eye view over it all.
4 Ride the Ghan
This luxury train takes people thru some of the most breathtaking wilderness in style. witness some of Australia’s most remote towns and the striking beauty of the Outback, while making stops at places like Alice Springs, Uluru Rock, and so much more. Begin in Darwin and travel over four days and three nights, as you travel thru red heart of Australia and on to Adelaide, including several off-train excursions like a cruise on the Katherine River.
5 Watch the Sunset from the back of a Camel
Australia is home to the largest camel herd in the world. They were imported during the 19th century to help with the hard work in the Outback. There are thousands of camels that roam wild. You can take a camel ride in Broome and Kimberley as you watch the sunset as you ride on the back of the camel.
6 Explore Coober Pedy
Coober Pedy was built underground and constructed out of abandoned mines in the middle of nowhere in the desert. The residents make homes underground to keep cool from the heat of the sun. The temperatures can reach as high as 125 degrees! All of the homes, churches and restaurants are underground, this is a must see!
7 Hike to the Rim of Kings Canyon with an Aboriginal Guide
Kings Canyon rises nearly 900 feet above sea level in the heart of the red rock country, created over hundreds of millions of years. See soaring domes and plateaus and an oasis with natural rock pools and all sorts of native flora. Taking a hike to the rim is one of the best ways to explore it, with guided walks available, led by Aboriginal elders who tell fascinating history information about the area.
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