Australia is a big place. Actually, scratch that, it’s huge. It’s also home to some of the most incredible wildlife, scenery and people in the world. There are a huge number of spots to visit in this big country, and whether you have a week or a year, you’ll be bound to find something that’s near your home and begging to be explored. To whet your whistle for some outback adventures, we’ve compiled a list of the top five Aussie outback adventures that you should definitely pop onto your to-do list for some point in the future.
Camp out in a swag under the stars of the Simpson Desert
Located in the driest part of Australia, there is a vast expanse of dunes and red sand that lies in the middle of the country. The Simpson Desert Conservation park is an incredible mass of parallel dunes that stretch for as far as the eye can see and the Simpson Desert straddles across three states; South Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory. It’s possible to explore this incredible natural spot by four wheel drive – (don’t have a four wheel drive? Speak to us today about a toyota 4WD conversion for your vehicle) – and to see the stunning scenery up close. Among the sandy dunes thrives an ecosystem consisting of grasslands, scrub, gidgee and wildflowers. The real experience here is to cross the desert (making sure that you cross Big Red off your list) and then set up camp overnight with a canopy of a billion stars as your night light. Sure beats watching Big Brother.
Hit the Top End
Cape York is well worth a trip for any budding 4WD enthusiast, if only for the fact that you can stand at the top of the continent and pose for a picture with the sign up there. The four wheel driving on the way up can get a bit hairy at times too, so make sure you’re prepared with the necessary equipment!
Travel along the Strzelecki Track
Spanning from Innamincka to Lyndhurst, this incredible route is steeped in history and adventure. It was discovered by Charles Sturt in 1845 and the further discovery of Cooper Creek then opened the area up for cattle and settlers. The actual ‘track’ itself was blazed by harry Redford, a cattle thief who was drove 1000 stolen cattle over untracked countryside from central Queensland to Adelaide. He was caught, but thanks to his efforts of creating a new stock route, he was let off the hook! He then went on to become one of the greatest drovers in history.
Discover the Top End
The Northern Territory is a huge and sparse part of Australia, with a lot of incredible indigenous history and culture. It’s an incredible place for four wheel driving as well, but bear in mind that some areas are closed to drivers as they are culturally significant, so be aware. A great place to start is Kakadu, and you can make your way all the way down to Alice Springs in a week or so; incredible adventuring for the whole family.
Coast from Perth to Broome
While you’d happily be able to take a 2WD car the entire length of the highway from Perth to Broome, you’ll find a whole lot more excitement when you take the road less travelled and set off for some four wheel driving. There are a number of marked and unmarked tracks, so be sure to let someone know where you’re going and when you intend to return in order to stay safe.