The Outback is the arid and vast interiors of Australia that stretches from the northern to the southern coastline. It also has many climatic zones in it and is typically marked with low population density. However, within the Outback, there are some very well-known places to visit so that the area can be better understood. Here we take a look at seven such places within the Outback that can be worth a visit.
This small town is situated in the Shire of Diamantina, Queensland and is at a distance of about 1,600 km from its capital, Brisbane. The city is located on the edge of the Simpson Desert and therefore, it is a popular stopping point for many tourists. It is popular for its annual Birdsville Races that happens each year during September to commemorate the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia. Some of the well-known heritage sites of the city include the Glengyle Station, Birdsville Courthouse, the Australian Inland Mission Hospital, etc.
It is an inland mining city located in the west of the Outback in the Barrier Range. The city is about 500 km from Adelaide and is typically characterized by a hot desert climate. Visitors can see here the relics belonging to the Battle of Broken Hill that happened in 1815. Some of the well-known heritage sites of the city include the Palace Hotel, Walter Sully Emporium, Wesley Uniting Church, Broken Hill Post Office, Seppelts Warehouse, the Day Dream Smelter, etc.
This northern South Australia town is located around 900 km from Adelaide. It is a well-known mining town for opals and is also known as the "Opal Capital of the world". Since 1915, when opal was first discovered here, the town has provided employment and sustenance to the aboriginals of the region and has more than 70 opal fields and is the world's largest opal mining area. Some of the popular heritage sites of the city include the Coober Pedy Catholic Church and Presbytery and the Three-Roomed Dugout.
This protected area is situated in the Northern Territory at a distance of about 170 km from Darwin. It is a gigantic World Heritage Site that covers nearly 20,000 square km and offers enormous biological and ecological diversity. It has estuaries in the north whereas; an arid landscape can also be seen here apart from billabongs. One can also see the traditional Bininji Mungguy who has lived in the area for more than 50,000 years. One can also enjoy ancient rock art as well as swimming holes and natural waterfalls over here.
This canyon in the Watarrka National Park is situated about 1,300 km south of Darwin in the Northern Territory. The walls of the canyon are about 100 meters high and the Kings Creek can be seen at its bottom. Visitors can go on walking trails over here and see many natural phenomenons like permanent waterholes and sandstone domes. The National Park is also home to many types of birds that include zebra finch, dusky grass wren, peregrine falcon among many others.