A game of ‘I Spy’ for Outback Travellers.
1. Red dirt
The iconic image of the Outback is red earth.
2. Dry creek beds
Lined with gum trees and a hotspot for birdlife, many outback creeks flow only during flash floods.
3. The Milky Way
Even when camping, billion star accommodation is guaranteed.
4. Outback pubs
There’s always time for a cold one with the locals at the Outback’s iconic watering holes.
They breed ‘em tough in the Outback, but don’t be fooled – people in the bush are as friendly as they come.
6. Huge skies
With little to interrupt the horizon, in some places you can even see the curvature of the earth.
7. Working dogs
Born and bred for this terrain, these tireless Outback workers are a farmer’s best friend.
Many roads are unfenced, so always look out for livestock, especially at dawn and dusk and particularly during dry times. Runoff from the road means the greenest vegetation is often at the roadside, attracting animals to the danger zone.
9. Road trains
Like a semi-trailer on steroids, these behemoths are the lifeblood of the Outback. Always give them plenty of space when overtaking, and be particularly careful if towing a caravan.
10. Australian native birds
From flocks of tiny budgies to soaring pairs of wedge-tailed eagles, the Outback is abundant in birdlife.
11. Gorges and escarpments
It isn’t all flat terrain in the Outback, there are ancient escarpments and spectacular gorges to climb and explore.
The understated beauty of Australia’s wildflowers is a thing to behold. At the right time of year and after rain, the Outback can be carpeted in them.
From sunbaking reptiles to man-sized kangaroos, you’ll encounter our iconic Australian wildlife in the Outback.
As you drive through the Outback you’re most likely passing through sheep and cattle stations. If you’re lucky, you might encounter farmers at work mustering stock.
15. Shearing sheds and shearers’ quarters
Where hard yakka happens by day and hard-earned thirsts are quenched by night.
16. Old cars
Call them roadside sculptures if you like, but the ghosts of vehicles who didn’t quite make it are scattered throughout the Outback.
17. Dirt roads
Many main arteries are dirt in the Outback, so ensure your vehicle is up to the task and always check road conditions before setting off.