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How to Do the Australian Outback on a Budget

Let’s be real: getting to the Australian Outback isn’t exactly cheap.

Fortunately, once you’re there, you’ll find plenty of budget-friendly activities, museums, restaurants and more. Here’a s few of my favorites.


Central Australian Aviation Museum

I love aviation (no surprise), and visiting the first airport in the outback was such a fun experience. The original airstrip here dates back to 1939, and there’s tons of vintage airplanes and memorabilia. Plus, it’s totally free.

Alice Springs Desert Park

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This 300 acre park is home to over 120 species of wildlife. Get up close and personal with dingoes, kangaroos, plus tons of stunning desert flora.

Overlanders Steakhouse

If it’s not too sick and twisted, follow up your desert park experience with a trip to this restaurant that actually serves kangaroo. Did I just take that a little too far? If so, you can opt for a wild buffalo medallion, camel filet or a simple veggie stir fry.

Sounds of Starlight Theatre

It’s a little touristy, but sometimes touristy is fun. For about $60, you can take in dinner and a didgeridoo show. As if you could even consider doing that at home.

Camel Rides

I know what you’re thinking… camel? In the Outback? Really??? Yes, really. And it’s actually got a lot of history to it. Before aviation, camelback was the only way to transport goods to this remote region. Today, there are still something like 750,000 camels roaming freely. Don’t try to ride one of those, though– go through a local camel ride company. For obvious reasons.

What are some of your favorite things to do in the Australian Outback? Share in the comments!

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