Ready for a real outdoor adventure? If so, come along to the Outback, the rural heart of Australia.
There are only a few paved roads here. The weather is usually hot and dry. Living in the Outback can be hard work and, at times, dangerous. Bushfires, floods, and droughts are all worries for the residents. Maybe that’s why less than 5 percent of Australia’s people live here.
The dry interior of the country is mostly open bush. Outback towns are small. Most have a general store, a hotel, and a few houses. Families may travel many hundreds of miles to major cities for their banking, shopping, and medical needs. Nearly all the farms in the Outback are cattle or sheep stations (ranches). While the land isn’t good for growing crops, it is fine for grazing cows or sheep. Australia is one of the world’s largest producers of wool, and much of it comes from the Outback.