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Australia Outback

Australia outback is referred to those dry, arid lands that are normally outside the ambit of modern civilization. Lying outside the Australian mainland, Australia outback can undoubtedly be called the remotest of areas on the earth's surface. The Australian outback is generally referred to the vast expanse of mostly uninhabited land that stretches from the southernmost tip of the Australian mainland and continues till Darwin at the Top End. The Australian outback can provide one with an experience of the most daring and nostalgic adventure on the surface of the earth. In order to reach this remote inland area, one needs to take the Stuart Highway or simply the “Track” that starts from Port Augusta, outside Adelaide and meanders along the Gulf of Carpentaria. As soon as modern civilization ends outside the Australian mainland, one meets with the vast wilderness of the Simpson Desert, the McDonnell Ranges and immediately after the Tanami desert, all of which compose the Australian outback.

The Australian outback is mainly barren without any solid form as such to hinder the continuity of the topography, except for the sand dunes on the Simpson Desert and the red soil that is found here due to the presence of, the McDonnell ranges. The land is devoid of any vegetation as such, and for most times greatly silent with the exception of occasional, crowing of crows in the vast expanse of the parched blue sky. The stoic silence of this vast arid expanse of land sometimes can help one achieve nirvana. Although, the land is devoid of any vegetation as such, it cannot get monotonous for a true adventure lover and it is not even unusual to find perfect bliss here. The first exploration of the Australia outback took place in 1813 under the leadership of Gregory Blaxland. But the first successful expedition was under John McDouall in the period between 1858 and 1861. This exploration led to the construction of the Overland Telegraph and later on several roads which served as connectivity to the many nuclear weapon test sites in the interiors. The Australian outback gained the highest significance when it was found that the place was a storehouse of rich minerals and mining activities still continue in the place.

Mining is so popular here because the area is largely uninhabited, unexplored and ancient. The topography of the place has remained unchanged since the Cambrian age when iron, uranium, manganese and iron settled in the soil of the region. Gold, nickel, zinc and lead are also found aplenty in the place. There are several significant mining fields on Australia outback, some of them are at Cooper Pedy, Broken hill, Tennant Creek, White Cliffs, Challenger Mine and Olympic Dam. Cooper basin makes important contribution in the Australian economy because it is a rich site for oil and natural gases. The Australian outback is normally the inhabited by the native Australian tribes or the Aborigines who live here amidst the camels, kangaroos, galahs, cockatoos and snakes and lizards of various kinds. The Australia outback is also home to 'brumbies', the wild species of horses that run havoc on the vast fields.

Today the Australian outback has acquired more importance than just a sight for exploration and mining, it has evolved into one of the most visited areas in the country. The outland contributes profusely in Australia's economy through the immense amount of revenue it generates through tourism. Some of the more popular tourist destinations in the Australian outback are:-
  • Kaladu National Park
  • Alice Springs
  • Birdsville
  • Devils Marbles
  • Katherine River Gorge
  • The Olgas
  • Monkey Mia
  • Broome
  • Mount Augustas national Park
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