Last week’s question (Where is the Outback?) generated plenty of discussion everywhere from here on the blog to bedside at the Inverell Hospital (G’Day Helga).
Rob from Bobby Dazzler’s Blog had a concise answer saying 70% of Australia was remote and arid and therefore Outback. He even gave us an estimate of 5,000,000 square kilometres. That is the sort of committed research I like.
Shirl has seen much of Australia’s inland heart – places like Cunnamulla, the Tanami and Brewarrina – all of which would have some claim to being Outback, and Anne from Grit & Giggles thought the Outback had a lot to do with the character of a place and its people.
But the winner of the 2015 Outback calendar is:
Although she hasn’t been there Elaine nominated Death Valley in California as her version of Outback. To me this captures the idea of the Outback being not only a remote and arid quirk of geography, but a state of mind; a place held mythical by those with imagination; a place we would like to experience though it is far from the realm of our everyday.
Like Elaine, I’ll be heading Outback again one day soon. It’s a journey for the soul. Maybe I’ll see you there.