Essential Tips for Travelling in Australia’s Outback

by rplzzz

Despite tourists’ preference for Australia’s scenic coastline and magnificent beaches, the interior of the continent – a vast area of semi-deserts, also known as the ‘Australian outback’, has a lot to offer to the more daring of tourists. The so called ‘deserts’ are hiding many treasures, from indigenous villages and sacred places to unique animal and plant species and natural monuments such as the famous Rock of Uluru. With a few essential tips for travelling in Australia’s outback in your pocket, this fascinating side of Australia will be ready to reveal its secrets to you:

When to go

As the Australian outback is the size of a continent, it’s difficult to say which exactly is the best time to travel. However, summers in the desert can become unbearable, so summer months should be avoided (this roughly corresponds with the European winter). Spring and autumn months are probably the ones with the most stable and pleasant weather.

Transportation

by GOC53

Before starting your adventure into the Australian outback, it’s essential tu ask yourself how far are you willing to go. Reaching attractions like Uluru which are close to the centre of the continent usually implies 4×4 vehicle renting. Using a professional tour guide is always recommended: the desert might seem uninhabited but it doesn’t lack dangers. Hiking and trekking are also popular attractions, and with overnight camping such bushwalking trips can last for weeks.

What to see

There are plenty of things to explore in the Australian outback. Alice Springs, the main gate towards Uluru Rock and Kings Canyon, is probably the most popular destination with bushwalkers, followed by Darwin. Relatively close to Darwin you’ll find Kakadu National Park and Katherine Gorges. Another advantage of traveling on the less beaten paths of Australia is represented by the great number of beautiful and almost deserted beaches you have the chance to explore.

Hazards and precautions

by Klomiz

As I have said before the desert doesn’t lack dangers – some of the most poisonous animals on earth live in the central and north of Australia. However, poisonous snakes only attack people if they feel threatened. Even though you won’t find the Saharan sand storms in Australia, there are other, more trivial things that might jeopardize your trip. Improper equipment and dehydration are the worst enemies in this kind of environment. So make sure you always carry the proper shoes, good maps, as well as reasonable quantities of fresh water. A GPS device and extra fuel and food can do no harm.

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