SUNBURNT COUNTRY

No visit to Australia should be without the visit to the outback. Without it, you cannot really understand how difficult it was to acclimate to this new world, nor why is it called a "sunburnt country". The reason for our trip was the three-day Outback hike with Emu Runs. This is a difficult experience but unforgettable, and we highly recommend it. 

You can fly to Alice Spring or to Uluru airport.  We flew into Alice Springs although next time I think we would fly straight to Uluru airport.  The only advantage to flying into Alice Springs is that on the drive back after the tour is over there is a chance to see and hold joeys (baby kangaroos). 

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The tour schedule includes seeing the famous Uluru (Ayer's Rock), sleeping in swags (sleeping bags with mattress) under the stars, hiking up the Kata Tjuta, sleeping in tents, trying kangaroo steak and camel burgers, and hiking King's Canyon. It lasts 3 days/2 nights, and although difficult, it is unforgettable.  

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The small bus we took could seat 20 people and it was packed. Our group was easy going, and everyone came to have fun. It ranged from age 12-65, with people from the U.S., England, France, Germany, China, and Canada.  

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What is especially exciting about the outback, in addition to its breathtaking nature and the sky full of stars, is that feeling of remoteness  and loneliness that comes from being so far away from the bustling city life. This is a great place to rewind and do some soul searching. 


THINGS TO DO IN THE OUTBACK

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ULURU

Experience the magic of this sacred place. 

KATA TJUTA

Amazing feeling of accomplishment when you finish the hike.

KINGS CANYON

Beautiful canyon that makes you appreciate the wonders of nature.

ALICE SPRINGS

True outback experience in this small and sleepy town in the middle of nowhere.