We travelled across the heart of Australia on an Aussie road trip that every kid (and adult) needs to experience at least once. The Outback Way is due to be sealed in the next 5-10 years BUT I wouldn’t wait……this ‘dirt’ road is virtually a highway. It provides a ‘shortcut’ through the middle of Australia and is regularly graded to allow access to remote communities and outback stations. Here’s Part 2 of my 100 reasons why this trip should be on every families bucket list….
Continue on if you want to check out our journey from Uluru to Perth and discover the other 50 Reasons to experience the Outback Way……
51. You can marvel at the amount of traffic on the roads……NOT!!
52. You can see why people get confused when they get close to Uluru.
53. And discover why early explorers believed there was a great inland sea on this continent.
54. Best of all you can enjoy the change of colours at one of the most iconic spots in the world.
55. You can easily learn to appreciate the ‘mass’ appeal of this sacred site.
56. And be inspired to take more ‘selfie’ pics than ever before……this time with the group you’ve travelled half-way across the continent with.
57. And stumble across FREE WiFi in the oddest of spots (ie NOT a shopping mall).
58. And soak in a Field of Lights that rival the Outback’s night sky.
59. And marvel as the sun rises and lights up the land from a different angle.
60. And see Kata Tjuta light up with the coming dawn.
61. You can even try to work out what other critter’s have left their tracks overnight in the red soil beneath your feet.
62. And seek a more personal, close-up view of these monoliths.
63. And never tire of exploring.
64. And feel the excitement of standing at the base of Uluru.
65. And take photos that will stay in your memory forever.
66. And have even more reasons to take even more selfies….
66. But sometimes, just standing still in the rock’s presence is enough.
67. Remembering to pull over for a final glimpse before you set off on the next leg of your road-trip.
68. And enjoy visions in your rear-view mirror that beat views of traffic any day.
69. You can explore Legends of the Bush and see where they spent there last days.
70. And find time to capture yet another Family Photo.
71. And see landscapes that remind you of paintings.
72. And learn about the people who helped provide access to the Outback.
73. And see how our modern-day explorers opened up these huge tracts of country.
74. And spot other samples of Len Beadell‘s work on the journey.
75. And check out even more ‘space junk‘ that’s fallen from the sky.
76. And see the art of this country through the eyes of its people.
77. And visit a community’s Gallery that showcases 15 years of indigenous work.
78. And see how they’ve embraced other methods to create their art and share their stories.
79. And hit the road and wonder if you’ll ever tire of those colours.
80. And discover a new thing on the menu at an Outback Roadhouse.
81. And congratulate yourself ’cause you’ve reached the END (or beginning) of ‘The Outback Way‘ adventure…and officially driven “Australia’s LONGEST Shortcut”.
82. And take another ‘selfie’ ’cause you’ve done all these miles together (and are ‘still’ friends).
83. And discover one of the most informative ‘Outback Pioneer‘ galleries in Australia.
84. And never forget to stop and admire sunsets and ‘smell’ the
85. And walk the streets of a Ghost Town.
86. And appreciate the conditions that the miner’s were living in up until the 1960’s.
87. And learn that a former US President started his working life out here, in the Aussie Outback.
88. And be saddened by a cemetery where typhoid killed the miners and they could only afford ‘tin’ headstones.
89. And marvel at the oddness of Lake Ballard’s artscape.
90. And see why photographers can’t get enough of this landscape.
91. And remind yourself what an Outback Sunset is all about.
92. And marvel at the different shades of colour as the sun sets.
94. And try to get a handle on the depth of that mine.
95. And see how the kids measure up against the tools of the industry.
96. And be impressed by the weight of ‘real’ gold.
98. And walk streets that have been preserved since the heady days of the first BIG gold rush.
98. And be excited at how many miles you have done across the Outback.
100. And visit a city on the other side of Australia for the very first time.
And then we took a flight back home…..which was a lot quicker than the 2+weeks it took us to drive from Australia’s East Coast to the West, Cairns to Perth.
BUT I know which trip the kids (and us) enjoyed the most…and I know which one will forever stay in our memory.
The Outback Way is a journey of a lifetime. It’s there for everyone and it is definitely doable….no major 4WDing ability required (as we managed to prove to ourselves). Just a healthy respect for the Outback and a LOVE for taking the road less travelled. Don’t miss it!
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Don’t forget to comment below if you LOVE the pics, or are keen to set off yourself OR have any TIPS for fellow family travellers who may wish to take on this adventure.
To read the first 1-50 Reasons to Experience the Outback Way (Cairns to Kings Canyon) Click HERE.