Reasons why you need to visit the Aussie Outback

A trip to the Aussie Outback, where there are almost no buildings in sight and the serenity is palpable, is an experience that has to be lived to be believed.

The breathtaking landscape, boasting rich red sand, cute critters, starry nights and golden sunsets, creates the perfect backdrop for the trip of a lifetime.

Besides feeling a million miles from the city and walking on land once home to Indigenous custodians, here’s six reasons why a trip to the Aussie Outback should be high on your travel bucket list.

Scenic Road Trips

Aussie outback - Rangeland Rifts

Photo by @phlipvids

Jumping in the 4WD with good company and travelling through the most remote (and untouched) places in Queensland is a sure-fire way to make lifelong memories.

You don’t need to be an expert off-roader to explore the legendary land; as long as you’ve got a full tank of petrol and a trusty map, you’ve got all you need.

To witness endless blue skies and golden deserts, take a road trip down the fully sealed Matilda Highway; this route starts at the New South Wales border and ends at the Gulf of Carpentaria. If charming country towns speckled with history and iconic Aussie animals excite you, then follow Warrego Way from Brisbane to Birdsville.

There’s so many epic road trips to take in the Aussie Outback, but whichever one you choose will be an unforgettable journey.

Jaw-dropping landscapes

Aussie outback - Lawn Hill Gorge

Lawn Hill Gorge, Boodjamulla National Park | Photo by @_aswewander

In addition to the dusty plains the Aussie Outback is renowned for, the impressive gorges will have you equally in awe.

These natural wonders can be viewed from on top of the rocky walls or from the streams flowing down the middle.

Lawn Hill Gorge, situated in Boodjamulla National Park and within close proximity to Riversleigh World Heritage Area, is a must visit. Spend the night camping under the stars before taking on one of the many walking tracks and then canoeing or standup paddleboarding your way down the emerald green waters. While you’re at it, be sure to spot the local wildlife that call this place home.

Marvel at the Milky Way

There’s no better place to enjoy some serious star spotting than the Aussie Outback.

With skies free from the light pollution that plagues city skies, you’ll have an unbeatable view of the night sky in all its glory.

Take this galactic experience to the next level by pitching a tent and camping under the stunning skies. Porcupine Gorge National Park is an excellent base; when the sun rises, you’ll see part two of nature’s show with sandstone pyramids and towering cliffs.

Here are some other great outback camping spots to check out.

Attend some of the most remote events on the planet

Birdsville Big Red Bash

You’ve ventured this far, why not stay and rock out with the locals?

Located at the edge of the Simpson Desert, the Birdsville Big Red Bash brings thousands of event goers to the tiny town (occupied by just over 100 residents) every year. It’s not hard to see why crowds flock to this music festival—with awesome artists, people with a mutual love of music, and camping under the stars all merged into the one epic party. Not to be missed.

Experience authentic Outback life

Immersing yourself in farm life will teach you a lot about living without city luxuries, and allow you to get up close with the furry and feathery locals.

Give farm life a go at Shandonvale Station, located in Barcaldine Queensland. On this 15,000-acre land you can herd sheep (in a helicopter!), drive a tractor, catch your own lunch and meet amazing Aussie animals such as sheep, kangaroos, camel, donkeys, emus and goats.

Operated by the Lynch family for 97 years and now the Stent-Smith family for 13 years, you’ll be able to hear a lot of stories and ask the hosts all your budding questions about Aussie Outback living.

It’s easier to reach than you think

Taking a trip to the Aussie Outback can seem daunting, but if you plan your trip and know what things to do you’ll have all you need for a once-in-a-lifetime trip.

If you want to start off small, go on a three-day trip flying over outback Queensland and dropping into some iconic spots along the way—Birdsville, Lake Eyre, William Creek, Innamincka and Cunnamulla.

Seair Touring runs this incredible tour to give guests a true taste of the Aussie Outback without them having to spend weeks on the road to see it. Tours depart from Brisbane and the Gold Coast.