The outback is drawing us in like moths to a big ochre flame. It speaks to our sense of identity and nationhood. In the ’80s and ’90s, Australia was characterised by our beaches and cities; 2011 and beyond will be all about the outback.

We have an insatiable appetite for the outback with the Kimberley and Top End our most visited destinations. The gloss has not been lost and the Kimberley adventure remains one of the greatest motivating domestic trips for Australians wanting to tap into the uniqueness of our land.

The new owners of El Questro and the Ayers Rock Resort have each set about making much-needed refurbs (or are about to).

El Questro recently found a brand new waterfall on the property (more of this in the next edition of AT, with our annual Outback issue’s feature story “The Ultimate Guide to the Kimberley”). By boat, car or plane, the outback experience is impossible to achieve anywhere else in the world. It remains the most rewarding and important experience for all Australian travellers.

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