Whilst the country of Australia is undoubtedly one of the most remarkable places on the planet to visit, there are ways of crossing this enormously vast region that will make your adventure just that little bit more special. What is more, these unusual means of transport don’t have to break the bank. Simply jump on a camel or a horse or become a temporary postie.
Let’s face it; you haven’t really seen the great Australian outback unless you have done so on the back of a camel. In fact, the camel was once the main form of transport for many a traveller and in a place as dry as Australia, the camel remains the ideal way to travel. Evoke the memory of the region’s early pioneers throughout the Red Centre. Take the tour of the Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park, which includes the fascinating Anangu Waai Uluru tour, which is both owned and operated by genuine Native Australians.
The tours can range from short trips through the farmland to full on tours around the stunning Uluru. Enjoy the sights of the sunrise and sunset behind this majestic mountain and enjoy a cool glass of ice-cold beer or sparkling wine at the end of the day. Snacks and meals will also be widely available.
Alternatively, you could always swap your camel for a horse. Indeed, there can be nothing better and more evocative of this region’s past than saddling up and enjoying the great Australian outback with a specially designed cattle drive tour. The tour tends to last around five days and will offer the opportunity to assist with driving up to 500 cattle throughout the Oodnandatta Tracks of Southern Australia.
Furthermore, everything you could need will be provided for you as you go from portaloos to hot showers and from ice-cold drinks to some fantastic end of the day dining. However, whilst this tour is undoubtedly the best fun you will ever have, they are only staged once every two or three years, so check out the websites for more information.
If you can’t wait for the cattle drive, try the alternative Sunsets, Saddles and Shiraz tours. Stretching for three glorious nights this tour takes in the spectacular sights of the Flinders Ranges and offers the best in romance and fine dining and of course, there is always the fine Australian Shiraz.
However, we have saved what has to be the most unusual way of touring the Australian Outback and that is doing so literally by mail. Because driving across this vast country is perhaps the best way to experience this beautiful land, it can be extremely costly, that is unless you sign up as a postie for the day and take part in the Outback Mail Run Tour.
You will get to travel in a quality 4WD vehicle over 600km of lone, unsealed roads that will take you from Coober Pedy to Oodnadatta and then on towards William Creek. In the meantime you will get the pleasure of helping the local mailman deliver the post, offering the perfect opportunity to meet the local populations.
This article was contributed by Tony, who himself runs various travel websites, and is currently writing on behalf of Cheap Flights Australia.
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