The great Australian Outbacks

Uluru monolith- the iconic symbol of Australia
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When most of us plan a trip down under, we just don’t look beyond the east coast – Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast & the rest. But what we miss in turn is one of the most desolate and beautiful places on Earth, the great Australian Outbacks, which is essentially the barren Australian desert and the true heart of the land – The ‘Red Center’ as it is called.

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Outbacks are a must on any traveller’s bucket list (how else can you say you have seen the Southern continent) and here’s how you can easily do it:

  • Book a flight from India (Mumbai/Delhi) to either Sydney or Brisbane.
  • From both these places, you will easily get flights to Alice Springs – the gateway to the Outbacks and more specifically the iconic ‘Uluru’. Note that these flights are not cheap because of low traffic.
  • One can get multiple options to choose from – luxury & budget. Generally these are tours for 3 days and 2 nights and all start from Alice Springs. These tours cover all your meals, transport, lodging and sightseeing.
  • And there you are… ready for an adventure to remember and some major bragging rights.

 

King's Canyon in the Outbacks
King's Canyon in the Outbacks
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Kata Tjuta- the stunning boulders in Australia's Red Centre
Kata Tjuta- the stunning boulders in Australia's Red Centre
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A wide angle of the Kata Tjuta- a group of large domed rock formations
A wide angle of the Kata Tjuta- a group of large domed rock formations
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The group collects wood for cooking the night's meal
The group collects wood for cooking the night's meal
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Bonfire in the middle of nowhere
Bonfire in the middle of nowhere
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The Milky Way as seen from the Southern Hemisphere
The Milky Way as seen from the Southern Hemisphere
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