I have been to the outback, but only for a holiday. I flew out to Alice Springs, spent a few days there, and then drove the 400 or so kilometres to Uluru before flying back from there direct into Brisbane.
It was great fun and we saw some awesome sights…
I enjoyed my holiday, but it hardly gave me any real insight into what it’s really like to live in the outback.
How would you like to live in a place where it is 2 and a half hours drive to the nearest shops? And when you get to those shops, pretty much all you can buy is food supplies and beer, no clothes at all. If you wanted to buy the new iPhone 6, for example, you’d certainly need to jump back in your car or truck and drive a lot further.
Of course, when you get your shiny new iPhone back home, good luck getting a signal. But you could use the calculator I suppose, or maybe take some pictures.
The place I am describing in this particular instance is called Cordillo Downs and it’s in the middle of nowhere, or Woop Woop as Australians like to call it. More specifically for those of you who are graphically curious, it’s on a track between Birdsville and Innamincka.
But we have a lot of ‘Woop Woops’ in Australia.
This is a fantastic documentary which follows the lives of a couple of Irish backpackers earning their corn on a remote farm in the north-east corner of outback South Australia. I really enjoyed this movie, so much so that I’d really like to watch it again.
Hey, come on, let’s watch it together…