In a country as big as Australia, it is advisable that you know exactly how to get around in the different areas. If you go about things the right way, you will have a much better chance of really enjoying your trip to the fullest.
The Great Australian Outback Cattle Drive is the place to be if you have ever dreamed of being a cowboy. On this five-day trip, you will have the opportunity to help drive 500-head of cattle along the Oodnadatta Track. You stay in luxury tents; there are portable toilets, hot showers, cool drinks and gourmet feasts at the end of the day. The drive only happens every two to three years, so check online or at your local travel agent for details regarding this fantastic trip. The Sunsets, Saddles and Shiraz tour is a three night tour that combines all the romance and drama of cattle droving with fine wine, gourmet food, and the amazing backdrop of the Flinders Ranges
On a camel
You just cannot say that you have experienced the Outback until you have done it on a camel. Camels used to be used as the main form of transport for explorers and traders, and is now the absolutely best way to see Australia. Take a tour around Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park with the aboriginal owned Anangu Waai Uluru Camel Tours. There are different tours ranging from short rides around the farm to long peaceful sunrise and sunset treks though the sand. Sunset tours are the best option if you are looking for value, as you are greeted with a glass of sparkling wine or ice-cold beer and snacks at the end of the trail.
On the train
There is nothing quite like travelling through the Outback on a train. The majestic Indian Pacific, which is one of the world’s longest train rides, takes you from Sydney to Perth via Adelaide. You will travel for three days through rural New South Wales to Adelaide, before crossing the Nullarbor Plain. When it comes to style and glamour, The Ghan is the trip to choose. It takes you from Adelaide to Darwin, via Alice Springs. The Ghan and the Indian Pacific are both first-class. You will sleep in a luxury twin share cabin with private facilities and all meals are included. Booking a ReadyRail seat will allow you to see the same amazing view at a fraction of the cost.
By mail (so to speak)
Nothing could be better than driving through the Outback, but it can be very costly and time consuming. If you are limited with time and cash, then you need to go on an Outback drive for a day on the Outback Mail Run Tour. You will travel over 600km in an air-conditioned 4WD from Coober Pedy to Oodnadatta and William Creek. You will join the mailman as he delivers post to some of the smallest towns in the area. You will be helping to deliver a much-needed link to the outside world and have the opportunity of meeting some of the local characters along the way.
Seeing Australia on foot is a great way to save money and get fit while you get up close and personal with the natural wonders on offer. If you want to feel like a pioneer of old, get your boots on and get ready to take on The Larapinta Trail. This is one of Australia’s most spectacular trekking experiences. This 223km trail winds its way from Alice Springs Telegraph Station and then climbs over the West MacDonnell Ranges in the Northern Territory. You can take on the trail alone, but for better value, book with World Expeditions where everything is included.