The real heart of Australia… A journey into the Outback has almost mythical status, leaving guests with the feeling of having really connected with the source of our resilience, our laconic humour, and a soul-filling appreciation of the beauty of the land.
The Northern Territory is considered to ‘own’ the Outback although it is a highly competitive field. Several adventure tour operators specialise in suitably upmarket explorations and adventure: Outback Floatplane Adventures – floatplane, choppers, airboats, off-road buggies and a billabong cruise down a crocodile infested waterway – all in a day. Venture North and Lords Arnhemland Safaris specialise in creating tailor-made 4WD safaris in Kakadu/Arnhemland and SEIT Outback Private Charter in the Red Centre.
Bullo River Station is a quintessential outback cattle station experience and great for family adventures. Bamurru Plains in the Top End and Longitude 131 at Uluru/Ayers Rock in Red Centre are the luxury lodge experiences.
Other premium accommodation and wilderness lodges include: Davidson Arnhemland Safaris in Arnhem Land and Sails in the Desert at Uluru.
South Australia’s dramatic outback scenery encompasses the ancient Flinders Ranges and beyond. Arkaba (a Luxury Lodge of Australia), Rawnsley Park Station (Villas), The Prairie Hotel and Gawler Ranges Wilderness Safaris’ Kangaluna Camp are all suitable for high-end guests.
RM Williams Private Tour by The Tailor is a fully escorted trip curated trip by one of Australia’s great outback specialists.
The Arkaba Walk is an exhilarating fully hosted 4-day 3-night walk across a 60,000-acre private wildlife conservancy in some of the most dramatic scenery of the region. Wrights Air take guests for scenic flights over the Flinders Ranges, Lake Eyre and the outback beyond, for a bird’s eye view of this grand scale land. Chinta Tours also offer tailor made air safaris of the Australian Outback.
In Western Australia, home to the vast Kimberley Wilderness region, premium guests will find their luxe base camp at El Questro Homestead (a Luxury Lodge of Australia), Berkeley River Lodge, The Kimberley Coastal Camp and Faraway Bay.
Kimberley Aviation and HeliSpirit offer scenic flights over and into the heart of the outback and wilderness
Crystalbrook Lodge in Queensland’s northern outback, is an oasis for just 10 guests overlooking a 300-acre freshwater lake, in the midst of an 85,000 acre working cattle station and close to the classic outback town of Chillagoe.
And last but not least, linking the east and western edges of the continent, crossing New South Wales, South and Western Australia is the great outback train journey – The Indian Pacific. Linking the north and the south, South Australia and the Northern Territory, is The Ghan – regarded as one of the world's best rail journeys. Both offer Great Southern Rail’s Platinum Service, the choice for luxury guests.
Outback Floatplane Adventures
Lords Kakadu & Arnhemland Safaris
Seit Outback Australia
Bullo River Station
Wildman Wilderness Lodge
Kings Canyon Wilderness Lodge
Great Southern Rail