If you have a travelling spirit but spend too much time in the concrete jungle, then Australia is an amazing country to rekindle your love of the great outdoors. If it is isolation and space that you crave, then consider travelling to the following remote destinations to reawaken your love of adventure.
Known as the remotest community in Australia, Kiwirrkurra Community is situated in Western Australia’s Gibson Desert, 1, 200 km east of Port Headland and 850km west of Alice Springs. Its closest neighbouring community is Walungurru (Kintore) 100km west across state borders in the Northern Territory.
This indigenous community of around 170 people is passionate about maintaining its heritage and on the 19th October, 2001, the Kiwirrkurra people gained native title over the 42, 900 square kilometers of the surrounding land and waters.
Lying on the flat, red desert, the community is not an easy one to get to. If you are looking to visit the most remote town in Australia, then make sure you go prepared with a 4WD and caravan as there is little accommodation and the closest airport is at Tennant Creek around 600km away.
Wolfe Creek Crater
Considered to be the second best-formed meteorite impact crater (astrobleme) in the world (after Arizona’s Barringer Crater), Wolfe Creek Crater is located 150 km south of Halls Creek in Western Australia.
Measuring 875 metres in diameter and 60 metres from rim to floor, it was estimated that a meteorite weighing around 50, 000 tonnes hit the Earth 300, 000 years ago and left the scar in the land. The crater was known by the local Aboriginal people as ‘Kandimaial’ and inspired the Aboriginal Dreamtime story about the rainbow snake passing through the earth.
For those wanting a pop culture reference, the crater also featured in the 2005 horror film, Wolf Creek, starring John Jarratt, where a group of backpackers were slain by a serial killer in the middle of nowhere.
If you plan to make the journey to Wolfe Creek, remember to bring all of your supplies. Toilet facilities are available but you will need to bring plenty of fresh water, food and a tent.
Photo: Fr Sergei Shatrov
Bremer Bay is a little known beach town on the south coast of Western Australia. Located about 180km from Albany, 40 per cent of Bremer Bay’s electricity is sourced from a 600kW wind turbine and a 1.3MW diesel power station.
The bay was originally named by John Septimus Roe in 1831, after Sir James Bremer, Captain of the HMS Tamar and the town itself, changed its name from Wellstead in 1962 to reflect the name of the bay.
Known for its exquisite white sand beaches and stunning sapphire coloured water, Bremer Bay is a popular spot for whale watching and has some great surfing and diving spots close by.
The drive from Perth will take around six hours. Alternatively you could catch a daily flight to Albany, where you can catch a bus or hire a car to drive the extra two hours.
At the bottom of the world, in the remote and mysterious island of Tasmania is a mountain known as Cradle Mountain. Rising to 1, 545 metres (5, 069 ft) above sea level, Cradle Mountain is composed of dolerite columns and is named after its resemblance to a gold mining cradle.
You can make the journey from mainland Australia to Cradle Mountain via the Spirit of Tasmania, which crosses Bass Strait twice daily between Melbourne and Devonport. From there is about a three-hour drive through the wilderness.
In the warmer months, avid bushwalkers make the pilgrimage to Cradle Mount to embark on an epic 65km, 6 day trek on the world famous Overland Track, which winds its way from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair, Australia’s deepest lake.
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