Backpacking through the Outback

by Mickey
(New Hampshire, United States)

I am interested in taking about a month trip through the outback. Camping, hiking, just being outdoors. I am a current college student in the states so my plan is to go for the month of June (I know that it will be busy).

I would love to spend as much time in the middle of nowhere (safely) and away from tourists as possible. My plan was to rent a 4wd campervan and travel north from Adelaide up into the outback. I would like to see the "must-see" attractions but want to spend more of my time out in the wilderness, with aborigines, learning the culture of the areas, animals, plants, take boat trips through very remote areas.

So if anybody has information I would love the help.
My email address is mickeycunliffe@yahoo.com Thank you very much for your help.

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Don't be fooled
by: Roy

Our aboriginal ”culture” is just a myth – what you’ll see may be much too different to what you read in the glossy tourist brochures... Visiting aboriginal land is practically impossible (if you happen to be non-aboriginal), but if you take a good telescope and climb Uluru (hardly possible too...) you may have a chance. Prepare to be disappointed and make sure you have serious life and travel insurance. If you’re coming to Melbourne give us a call – several good spots around – safe and open for everyone – black or white!

Be prepared
by: Lucy

Hi Mickey
Your trip sounds like you're trying to pack a lot in! If you wanted to get to know Aboriginal culture, I would suggest staying in one place for a period of time, as trust does not happen overnight. Be careful about where and where not to go, as you will often need permits for Aboriginal lands, and some places are restricted to males or females only.
Unless you were going way off-road, you can definitely get away without a 4x4, unless you really needed it.
The "wilderness" you speak of really isn't glorified. There's often no water or fuel for hundreds of kilometres, so please, please be careful and make sure you're prepared. Perhaps it might be an idea to work at a roadhouse along the way.

Extra hint: if you're planning to be in Australia in June, the further south you are, the colder and wetter it'll be. The north has beautiful weather in June and it might not rain for months on end, whereas in Adelaide and Alice Springs, down south, it might rain every second day.

Good luck on your journey!! :)

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