After European settlement in Australia, the centre remained the big unknown – perhaps a huge inland sea? Because horses could only go 2 days without water, the arid outback kept its secrets.
Aboriginal people had lived there for thousands of years and were very skillful at understanding the arid interior and where water could be found.
Explorers tried for decades to discover what may be there, but were unsuccessful – turned back because of the inhospitable terrain, the vast distances, but mainly because of lack of water.
More than 80 years were to pass before Scottish born John McDouall Stuart and his two companions finally reached the Centre.
The Flinders Ranges
The Flinders Ranges is a picturesque adventure paradise with easily accessible spectacular scenery with gorges and rocky hills to explore. Sealed roads and good gravel roads traverse the area on a number of scenic drives.
There are numerous walking trails, including the Heysen Trail, to enjoy nature at its best. The Flinders is home to the endangered Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby and these enchanting little animals are readily seen as are kangaroos and emus.
See ancient geographical sites, Aboriginal rock paintings and carvings and historical places where European settlers experienced the beauty and the harshness of the country. It's a photographers paradise.
The Stuart Highway
The Stuart Highway is one of the most remarkable roads in Australia. It's a bit like Uluru, the Great Barrier Reef and the Sydney Opera House. Every Australian should do it – there is simply no other road in Australia that can match its diversity.
Along the road there are reminders of our indiginous culture, our pastural and mining heritage and some of the most spectacular and diverse landscapes in the world.
You'll see huge roadtrains – please be considerate and leave plenty of room between vehicles if your're travelling in a convoy.
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