Road Tripping the Outback: 3 Destinations Not to Miss

Kimberley, WA, Australia
Kimberley, WA, Australia. Photo by Isabelle Truong on Unsplash

Ready to hit the open road and explore some truly epic landscapes? There’s nothing quite like a road trip through Australia’s outback to really feel the pulse of this vast country. So pack your bags, grab your map, and let’s discover three outback destinations that you absolutely can’t miss.

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, is arguably Australia’s most recognizable natural landmark. This massive sandstone monolith stands proudly in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and is sacred to the indigenous Pitjantjatjara Anangu people. Nearby, the equally impressive Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) formations consist of 36 domes, spreading over an area of more than 12 miles.

Kings Canyon, Watarrka National Park

Located in the heart of the red desert, Kings Canyon’s distinguishing feature is ancient sandstone walls, towering more than 300 feet above lush forest floors. This breathtaking contrast offers some of the most dramatic scenery in the Northern Territory.

The Kimberley

The Kimberley is one of the world’s last great wilderness areas, located in the northern part of Western Australia. This region has some spectacular wildlife, vast landscapes, ancient Aboriginal rock art, and jaw-dropping natural phenomena such as the Horizontal Falls and the Bungle Bungle Range.