Top Australian Outback landscapes

Wildflowers in the Australian desert - Innamincka The Australian outback is not all flat, endless plains. The countryside is constantly changing – rainforest, floodplains (and drought plains), ‘jump up’ country, rivers, deserts, sand dunes, and red dust are some of the things you’ll see. Sometimes all within the space of a day’s drive.

Even the name of the deserts conjures up amazing images The Stony Desert, The Painted Desert, and The Moon Desert are only a few of the deserts that you can travel through in outback Australia.

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Things you need to know before travelling in Australia

You’re thinking about visiting Australia, and want to make the most of your time here.

You’ve checked the web for the best places to visit, and come up with your list of places to see. If you’re like most people that list will include

  • Sydney Harbour Bridge & Opera House
  • Bondi Beach
  • Uluru
  • Great Barrier Reef

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Overcoming the fear of travelling alone

I will not pretend I wasn’t petrified. I was. But mixed in with the awful fear was a glorious feeling of excitement. Most of the really exciting things we do in our lives scare us to death. They wouldn’t be exciting if they didn’t. 

Danny, the Champion of the World

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So I hired a Jeep

It must be one of the most effective marketing campaigns ever. “So you bought a Jeep”.

I didn’t buy one, but I did hire one. To be completely accurate, I hired a small 4WD to get us around Kakadu and that’s what I got. A Jeep Wrangler. Even the hire companies have succumbed!

My Vitara has been giving me a bit of grief lately, so this was a good opportunity to test drive the Jeep and see if I wanted to trade the Suzuki.

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Do you need a 4WD to visit Kakadu?

You don’t need a 4WD to visit most of the sights in Kakadu, but when you have a 4WD vehicle, you obviously have to use it.

Not just for the 4WDing, but because you’ll see something that most people don’t get to.

The major roads through the park are tar, so a 2WD vehicle will get you to most places, but there are others …

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Bird season in Kakadu

“Don’t go to Kakadu go to Litchfield, it’s much nicer.”

The number of times I have heard a variation of that sentiment is astounding. As if a) you can’t go to both places, and b) they’re even comparable.

Both places are beautiful, but they are completely different. Litchfield has waterfalls and swimming holes. Kakadu has Indigenous history and culture, and wildlife.

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