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Travel Tales by Tushar – The Australian Outback


here is a certain image that comes to mind when we think about Australia, the smallest continent in the world that is home to a solid cricket team, kangaroos and beautiful beach towns. The symbolic Opera House in Sydney, the buzzing life of Melbourne, ranked as one of the “most livable cities in the world”, a beautiful coastal drive on The Great Ocean Road, these are some of the things on a “to do” list when anyone plans to visit this beautiful country. But, there is a world within this beautiful world of Australia that only a few have had a chance to explore. A vast remote area in the center of Australia that is dry, arid and almost entirely uninhabited. An area where temperature can go up to 55 degrees Celsius in the summer and where getting lost can almost guarantee death. This area is known as the Australian Outback, an inland area far away from civilization where chances of seeing crocodiles and snakes are much higher than human life.

Every year, close to 40000 people go missing in the Australian Outback and although most of them are found by the police, but thousands are still lost somewhere in the barren, remote and desolate lands of the Outback. If getting lost in this unforgivable land does not kill you then one of the over 500 species of venomous spiders might. Not to forget that the brutal heat of the summer months is also enough to kill you if you don’t consume water for just one day.

All of the above was enough to get us excited about planning a road trip in the Australian Outback. What is the fun in going to a place where everyone has gone already? It is the unexplored, uninhabited and unforgiving terrains of the world that bring us close to mother nature, that makes us feel connected with our planet and that lets us experience our world, the way it really is. The Outback is one such place that has remained unchanged for thousands of years. Of course, when planning a road trip through such an unforgiving terrain, a lot of planning is required. There is a thin line between adventure and danger, and we respect mother nature enough to never cross that line. We understood fully that as long as we took the necessary precautions suggested for “enjoying” the Outback, we will come out safely.

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