Red’s TOP 10 Accessible Outback Experiences

Red on RED! Dunes at Windorah, Outback Queensland

If you’ve ever decided against touring the Aussie Outback because you don’t have a 4WD, today is your lucky day. You CAN visit the Australian Outback in a standard, non-4WD car! Just follow these simple rules: Choose destinations that don’t require an especially equipped vehicle – there are more than you think! Know your vehicle’s limitations – consider fuel economy,

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Aussie ABC: O is for Opal!

White Cliffs New South Wales

I didn’t understand all the fuss about SiO2.nH2O until 2004. That’s when I first visited Coober Pedy – slap bang in the middle of absolutely freakin nowhere in the South Australian Outback – and found a piece of SiO2.nH2O I wanted to take home with me. But you might know SiO2.nH2O better as Hydrous Silica. Or maybe Opal!  Down here,

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Random Adventure #4 – Toompine, Queensland

Toompine - the pub with no town!

With an official population of 2, tiny Toompine is barely a blip on the radar! And yet, all roads seem to lead there in the western Queensland Outback. A simple triangulation between Eulo, Thargomindah and Quilpie yields Toompine’s coordinates almost exactly. Is that enough reason to visit? Of course not! But finding out why the local cemetery is called a

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Aussie ABC – E is for Emu!

Emus near Quilpie, Outback Queensland The Australian emu*(Dromaius novaehollandiae**) is arguably the most highly evolved bird on the planet.  Or perhaps even in the universe! But whether or not you agree may well depend on your gender … After mating, the female emu sticks around just long enough to lay the eggs, with the male in attendance night and day.  Then

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