Australian Outback: The Top 5 Places to Visit

The Aussie Outback is an almost mythical destination, synonymous with dry red soils, unique wildlife and awesome scenery. But where are the top five must-see destinations?

1. Uluru (formerly Ayers Rock)
One of the best known landmarks on Australian soil, Uluru is a rock the size of a small mountain with sacred meaning to the local Aboriginal tribes. It's a spectacular place to spend time finding yourself in the heart of a continent.

2. Kakadu National Park
This national park represents the best of the "Top End" of Australia, in the Northern Territories. Teeming with wildlife and wetlands, it offers a stark contrast with the desert stillness of Uluru. Go crocodile spotting, waterfall swimming or take a tour of the extensive rock art.

3. Coober Pedy
Called the "Opal Capital of the World", Coober Pedy is a small but surprising gem that hides most of its beauty underground. Made by opal miners in the early 20th Century, visitors can stay in a below-ground hotel, or shop for opals in a cavernous arcade. A unique place to visit!

4. Outback Farm Stay
For a truly revealing look into what life is like in the "Bush", stay on a real farm. Experience the hardy lifestyle with some of the friendliest people on earth and make memories (and friends) for life.

5. Charters Towers – Gold City
Charters Towers is a small town with a big history. The 19th century gold rush made it one of the richest towns in Australia at the time, and it still contains architecture that evokes the Wild West. A crossroads between the interior and the coast, north and south.

Travel in outback Australia with care as water can be scarce and temperatures soar. Isolation can be extreme, but with careful planning, it can be the trip of a lifetime!