Our incredible trip to Australia’s red centre was a once in a lifetime trip for us and we certainly made the most of it!
The outback is considered one of the most expensive places to visit in Australia due to how remote and popular it is, however, we think it deserves a spot on every traveler’s bucket list.
We hopped on a flight from Sydney to Alice Springs where we then headed out on a group tour to the real outback.
The tour started and finished in Alice Springs and consisted of 3 days exploring the exotic land and 2 nights sleeping in a swag bag under the stars.
We would love to share our outback highlights and tips with you to help you plan your trip…
There’s nothing like taking in the view of the Worlds Largest Rock! We would recommend completing the Uluru base walk where you can touch the rock and see genuine Aboriginal cave paintings!
On the base walk, occasionally we passed sacred sites to aboriginal people where there was a request to not take pictures.
At Uluru, you’ll find the Aboriginal Cultural Centre which is the perfect place to learn more about the native culture. This will open your eyes to a completely different way of life.
Uluru sunset with snacks and bubbly is also a ‘must do!’
In the outback, the swag bag is the way to go! A swag is a robust bag into which you put your actual sleeping bag.
We placed our swags around the fire each night so that we could keep warm as the temperature does drop at night.
Critters and outback wildlife will be close but isn’t this part of the experience?!
Although… we do recommend to check the bottom of your swag before getting comfortable and your boots first thing in the morning!
Close to Uluru (in outback terms) the Kata Tjuta consists of 36 red rock domes, the tallest of which is 546 metres high. The name ‘Kata Tjuta’ means ‘many heads’ in the local language which we think suits well!
We hiked around the base of Kata Tjuta on the 7.4KM Valley of the Winds walk.
The views on this walk were amazing but a total surprise as all we’d known previously about the outback was the big red rock!
Dingos are an Australian native animal who are said to be most closely related to the Asian grey wolf, they have a history of violence to match it too!
Just as we settled in our swags on the 2nd night we heard movement in the bush, it turned out to be a dingo on the hunt for food!
As you can image, the whole camp was on edge that night but Brad was in his element!
Unlike a lot of canyons that sink down into the Earth, this one rises up. The best way to see Kings Canyon is on foot along the 6KM rim walk.
Don’t let ‘heart attack hill’ at the beginning of the walk put you off continuing, this is the only difficult part of the walk.
We would recommend completing the walk early morning before the harsh heat and sunlight hits.
With near to nil light pollution in the outback, looking up at the stars is incredible! Out of everywhere, we have travelled, the outback has the clearest and most gobsmacking star displays!
Never be without at least 2 litres of water. The heat and humidity is insane and the sweat is real! It is extremely important to stay hydrated.
Don’t forget your travel insurance – if anything was to happen in the outback, there is no option but to fly a helicopter to rescue, this is expensive!
Take a tour instead of exploring independently – you safer in a group, you have all your meals provided, you are guided by an experienced professional who is educating you every minute of the day, the A/C in the bus is already running for you and you can snooze on the way to sunrise destinations.
You simply turn up and enjoy the journey!
Never underestimate distance – when the guide says ‘just around the corner’, they mean at least 1 hour away!
Don’t forget fly nets for summer months – there’s no such thing as being too cool for a fly net, this will be the best purchase you make ($5 from Coles).
Thank you for yet another amazing trip and experience! ↓