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With comfortable temperatures and very little rain, April to November is the best time to visit the Australian Outback. Here are some ways that both city slickers and experienced outdoor adventurers can get an authentic taste of life in the Outback.

  • Wrotham Park Station (opens in April after the annual wet season) overlooks the Mitchell River in Queensland. Up to 20 guests stay in the homestead or guest quarters and participate in the daily workings of this major cattle station. The cattle musters, river paddling and outback 4WDs are only available during the dry season, April-December.
  • Feel like a real Outback cowboy by driving 600 cattle through some of Australia's most adventurous and beautiful countryside. For six weeks, famous Australian cattle drivers unite to drive cattle 519 kilometres from Birdsville in Queensland down to Marree in South Australia. The drive passes through the geographic heart of Australia, as well as some lively Outback towns with names like Mungerannie and Dulkaninna. Packages feature four-, five- and six-day tours in four different stages, from late-April to mid-June. Riders of all levels also enjoy luxury tents, fine Australian food and wine, social campfires and some of the most spectacular terrain in Australia.
  • The million-acre El Questro Wilderness Park opens each season in late-March. El Questro offers the Mt. Cockburn Safari from Mt. Cockburn Lodge in the far northwestern pocket of the Cockburn Range. Guests camp on the river bank, listen to the night sounds in a private tented cabin at Emma Gorge, sleep in an air conditioned bungalow bed, while enjoying the Homestead experience. At Emma Gorge Resort, ten deluxe tented cabins are located in the southern region of El Questro Wilderness Park.