The landscape of western New South Wales and south western Queensland is another world away from the coastal roads of the Eastern Seaboard.
From 360 degree panoramic views of the surrounding open red dirt plains, to the stony gibber desert, to bushy forested regions, to the outbreaks of wildflowers after the wet season, the outback country on the new All Australian Journeys tour Menindee Lakes and Cameron Corner is perfect if you’re looking to experience the remote wilderness that Australia is famous for.
AAJ on road team Lionel and Sue Baker love to get away and experience the vast scale of Australia’s outback.
‘The landscape is just so different to what you’ll experience on the east of the Great Dividing Range,’ said Lionel.
Sue adds, ‘The culture of the people is different too—it’s like time has no meaning, you just take the time you need to get where you’re going.’
Sue and Lionel agree that a spirit of adventure is a must for this tour, where highlights include the geological outcrops, animal and plant life of the Sturt National Park. Emus and kangaroos are plentiful on the southern side of the Dog Fence, the world’s longest fence, but cross through the gate and the landscape changes.
There are some character pubs along the way, where the locals gather to share their stories.
While you’re remote, help is never far away. Lionel says that everywhere in the outback supports the work of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. ‘At Cameron Corner, they can get an RFDS plane out to you in just 90 minutes.’
Sue says that while the journey is remote, it’s much more comfortable than you might experience if travelling as a grey nomad. The comfort of the air conditioned coach, and the accommodation chosen along the way, means you get to enjoy relative comfort—even though in some places accommodation is in cabins with outdoor amenities.
A new addition to this holiday for All Australian Journeys is Menindee Lakes in western New South Wales, where the Darling River flows into three lakes. When the lakes are full, birdlife is prolific.
Travelling in July, Sue recommends packing for all seasons. ‘Pack a jacket or windshield as the western winds can be cold. But you’ll also need summer clothing for some warm days.’