What You Need to Know About the Australian Outback

No Australian experience is complete without a trip to the Outback. Located in the middle of the country is the amazingly-vast red centre. Uluru, the huge rock that pops up in the middle of jumping kangaroos and red sand, is the main attraction of the Outback. When it comes to visiting the Outback, your best bet is to check out either Alice Springs or Ayers Rock, the area's two main cities.

To visit Uluru, one can fly directly into Ayers Rock or Alice Springs. Alice Springs is a more developed area with incredible Australian outback highlights such as the Royal Flying Doctors Service Museum and the Alice Springs School of the Air. The only downside of staying in Alice Springs, if you are there to visit Uluru, is the five hour drive between the two. The drive is beautiful beyond belief, to say the least: the single road is surrounded by red sand, jumping kangaroos and birds flying around the trees. Making the trek to Uluru by this long car ride will make you appreciate the magic of Uluru, as it appears out of nowhere in the middle of the desert.

You can decide if you want to make your visit to Uluru a day-trip, or a weekend vacation trip filled with camping and exploring. If you decide to spend a few days in the area, be sure to check out the Kata Tjuta (Olgas) and Kings Canyon.