Australia has a great variety of towns and cities spread across the continent.
from tiny aboriginal communities in the hearts of the northern deserts, to the glistening metropolis’ that are the State capitals. The sheer range of climate is such that the towns characters are largely drawn from the environment around them, with each making the most of what’s available. Be it the classy province like feel to towns and villages around Margaret River in the west, to the arid urban landscape of Alice springs in the northern Territory, or the rural, English feel of coastal towns in southern new south Wales and Victoria.
It’s these places that give Australia it’s charm and are where the most fun is to be had by outback travellers. Too many people stay put in the cities (great though the are) and miss out on the delights to be had by “going bush”, even if “going bush” means driving a few hundred kilometres outside of the city on the sealed roads.
The Aussie population is so overwhelming based around the Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney, that even a short drive out of these centres takes you right out into the country, where you can find real peace and quiet and interesting people, places and experiences to be had.
Where the climate is less harsh, such as the southern areas, or the east coast, then the villages are more widely spread and you can potter about tasting honey, wine and visiting craft fairs all day long. In places that are more sparsely populated, the drives themselves become part of the experience and the sheer vastness of the country apparent.