The outback is a mythological frontier where settler folk struck open the deep-red earth and bored out a nation through grit and verse. Past the Great Dividing Range the sky opens up over tough country, both relentless and beautiful, and the ancient song lines run deep. Travellers come for the exotic and intimate Australian experience, their restlessness tamed by the sheer size of the place, its luminous colours and its silence.
Although sparsely settled, the outback is well serviced by major roads, namely the Overlander’s Way (Flinders and Barkly Hwys – Rtes 78 and 66) and the Matilda Hwy (Landsborough Hwy, Rte 71) and Burke Developmental Rd (Rte 83). Once you turn off these major arteries, however, road conditions deteriorate rapidly, services are remote and you need to be fully self-sufficient, carrying spare parts, fuel and water. Also do some planning, as some sights and accommodation options (in particular the outback stations) close from November to March, the outback’s hottest period.
There are some very active and friendly local communities in the region and plenty on offer for adventurers.