Adventure Travel in Australia’s Outback

We so far featured a lot of cool destinations that you can visit in your trip to Australia, but we should also take into account that deserts cover a significant part of Oz territory. Three of the biggest deserts in Australia are the Tanami Desert, the Great Sandy Desert and the Great Victoria Desert; Aussies name the the vast deserted areas in their country the ‘Australian outback’.
However, you mustn’t imagine the Australian outback to be as vast or deserted as the Sahara. Even the most arid areas can hide fragile ecosystems or spectacular rock formations. Thus, the daring and outgoing natures will find numerous tours and offers advertising adventure travel in Australia’s outback. In an attempt to help you decide which direction to follow, in today’s post we will look at some popular attractions in the Australian outback:

Uluru Rock

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The mysterious rock formation is located deep into Australia’s desert, close to the continent’s center. Uluru, also known as the Ayers Rock, is a place of legend (it appears in many Aboriginal stories and myths), but also home to some rare species of animals and plants. The only negative aspect regarding Uluru is that it’s pretty far from the civilized world (450 km from Alice Springs) – which is exactly why a 4-wheel adventure tour can be such an extraordinary experience.

Kings Canyon

A little bit closer than Uluru, as part of Watarrka National Park, you’ll find the Kings Canyon. The canyon is known for its abrupt sandstone walls, but the true treasure lies at its bottom: a luxuriant oasis of green, so poetically named as the ‘Garden of Eden’. There are also some hiking trails in the area so once you’ll get there you can wander around and discover the place by yourself.

Nullarbor Plains

Nullarbor is another of the unique natural features that characterize the Australian outback. In its simplest definition, Nullarbor is a gigantic piece of sandstone that spreads for about 1000 km along the southern coast of Australia. Crossing the Nullarbor is itself a challenge, but if you are wondering about interesting things to see and do, I would suggest the caves and meteorite holes.

Kata Tjuta

Adventurers heading for Uluru shouldn’t miss the nearby Kata Tjuta. This sight contains no less than 36 rock formations, of the same interesting red color as Uluru. Aboriginals regarded these rock formations as sacred – due to their cultural and geological importance, they have been included in the Uluru-Kata Tijuta National Park.

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