What is the outback…
The outback means anything in rural Australia, away from the main population centres – which pretty much means the outback is *most* of Australia. Of course, most people think red sand and a specific red rock when they think of “the outback.”
You mean this red rock……?
Of course there is more to the outback than just that.
The Outback is….
Underground hospitals… cause it’s just to dang hot outside! (and they were afraid of bombing during the war…)
Strange oasis’ of something resembling civilization… and some pretty darn good sausage rolls at outback road houses…
Of course, there are these things….
and these things too…..
There are smaller things as well….things that are adapted remarkably well to this hot and dry and completely unforgiving climate….
And a few unexpected places where life can really thrive….
And areas of great cultural and spiritual significance….
And one incredible way to see it all…..
I travelled on the Ghan from Darwin to Adelaide and stopped off in Alice Springs for a week. In that week I got to explore more of the outback than just some famous red rock. (Although I did make sure to see that as well!) The Ghan provides a range of transport and accommodation options, to luxury gold cabins, to reclining seats. (Review of the different travel options coming soon!)
For those not wanting to stress of using their own transportation in this harsh and sparsely populated environment, the Ghan rail journey is the best option. You can read more about my experience on the Ghan here, or learn more at their website.
My journey on the Ghan was provided complimentary by Great Southern Rail, but all opinions remain my own.