Ask the Experts: Escaping the City

This week, our Ask the Experts panel have knocked noggins to answer a question from Natalie in Loughborough about her upcoming trip to Australia.

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Here’s this week’s question:

I have three weeks to visit Australia, but here’s the catch: I don’t like cities! Is there enough Outback adventure to keep me amused? Natalie in Loughborough x

Kim @ STA Travel Dundee recommends…

As they say in Australia, abso-bloody-lutely! Thinking outside the box, Natalie — I like it! I would totally go for something completely different, experience the real Australia and get involved in the one thing that floats an Aussie’s boat: conservation!

You can easily spend a week or two completing a range of activities like habitat restoration, heritage protection or marine debris pollution. But my personal fave is a week learning to be a Jillaroo (or outback cowgirl!) Too much like hard work? How about an Outback wildlife and farm stay, making billie tea and damper and sleeping in a swag.

Team it up with 4×4 safaris in the National Parks of Kakadu and Uluru for outta-this-world scenery! The Red Centre perfect for your timescale, and for me, it’s the undisputed champion of amazing stories to tell when you get back (so much more interesting than the Opera House!)

Thorny Dragon

The Thorny Dragon can drink water from any part of its body. Fact!

Mark @ STA Travel Belfast reckons…

I like the Opera House, Kim! But for city-hater Natalie, I applaud her thinking. Australia is huge, and has plenty to keep you occupied for three months, never mind three weeks! I’d recommend an organised trip to maximise your time, as this trip would be very challenging to do on a limited time frame on your own.

We offer a tour called, Sydney to Darwin. It has a couple of short stops in the city, but features much more Outback. It takes in such places of interest like hiking Mt Kosciszko (Australia’s highest summit), Wilsons Promontory National Park, the Twelve Apostles, Uluru, Kings Canyon and Kakadu National park. You’ll meet the Aboriginal community, and learn a bit about their culture and heritage on the way also. Top notch trip and definitely worth a look.

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Enduring Uluru | Image courtesy of AlicePopkorn

Heather @ STA Travel Nottingham says…

I like the cut of your jib guys! Like the guys have covered, there’s plenty to experience in the Outback. My fave way to see Uluru (or Ayers Rock as you might know it) is to camp out in ‘swags’, as Kim in Dundee mentioned. A swag is a canvas sleeping bag, allowing you to sleep outside in the Outback beneath the amazing nights sky. It’s a tent and sleeping bag, all in one!

Combine it all with a good ol’ Australian barbie and a tinny, and you’ll soon get into the swing of the Outback! Close by to Ayers Rock, visit the Olgas and Kings Canyon, which are both incredible places to explore, and important sites for the traditional landowners.

After the Red Centre, you could head north towards Darwin to experience more of the Northern Territory, and the great Kakadu National Park, which gives a huge diversity and abundance of different types of fauna and flora.

One thing to bear in mind about the Outback, is that there are some long journeys between places, so I’d consider the opportunity of joining an organised trip to travel around Australia during your trip. Have a great trip, come back and tell us how it went!


Have you visited Australia? Would you like to add any of your own tips and advice, to help Natalie make the most of Australia’s incredible Outback? Lay it down in the comments below and share your opinion with travellers from across the country, and beyond.