The Outback is an extraordinary place. It encompasses more than 70 per cent of the Australian continent, but less than four percent of the population lives there. It generates a considerable portion of Australia’s wealth, while also being one of the few great natural places remaining on the globe.
Where is the Outback?
The Outback Alliance defines the Outback as encompassing all of the Northern Territory, most of Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland and the western area of New South Wales.
Why is the Outback important?
A thriving Outback is good for all Australians. The Outback is fundamentally different from regional and urban Australia, but no less essential for Australia’s economic development and global reputation. Boom and bust cycles of nature, new and ancient cultures, extremes in wealth and poverty, declining human and native species populations, complex systems of land tenure and mythological status all contribute to the Outback’s unique characteristics.
At the heart of the Australian Outback are the history, stories, skills, knowledge and work of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Many Outback places are home to the communities where Aboriginal cultures and languages survive in their strongest form.
Feature photo: Little Sandy Desert, Western Australia | Paul Sheridan.