Grey nomads expected to flock to rain-transformed ‘green’ Outback

Published: February 25, 2022

Recent heavy rains have transformed much of the Outback into an oasis of green … and it’s expected to lure grey nomads in big numbers.

In recent weeks, many communities found themselves cut off by floods that closed the Stuart Highway … but it seems there may be a silver lining to the deluge.

William Creek-based charter pilot, Trevor Wright, told the ABC that the rain has helped vegetation flourish in the traditionally dry area of South Australia.

“What we are seeing is environments coming alive again — it’s been given a breath of fresh air,” he said. “We are starting to see an increase in bird and animal life out there and we’re starting to see a real interest in the state from tourism.”

Mr Wright believes it could entice an influx of tourists to the Outback, as it did when Lake Eyre last filled in 2019.

“It’ll occur from March onwards but I think it’ll actually bring the tourism season on early,” he said.

Further north, the Outback Queensland Tourism Association has just launched its new Travellers Guide, and it believes the greening of the Outback will be a huge drawcard in the months ahead.

The organisation’s CEO, Denise Brown, said there was a treat in store for adventurous travellers who get out in the Outback

“The La Nina rains have breathed new life into the free-flowing rivers,” she said. “The ecosystem is flourishing and it shows with an abundance of birdlife and fish aplenty, the sights are truly

The Chairman of the Outback Queensland Tourism Association and Blackall-Tambo Regional Council Mayor, Andrew Martin, echoed Ms Brown’s sentiment.

“There’s some outdated perceptions of the Outback that it’s all just red dirt and unsealed roads, but this is far from the truth which many Queenslanders have discovered,” he said. “It’s accessible to all and there’s a plethora of new experiences on offer each year.”

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5 months ago

From our experiences of traveling in the Outback after good rains, don’t forget to take a net for your face, the bush flies are horrific.
We’ve been bush camping for 50 years & have never seen flies in such numbers.
Everything was black with them & we ended up cutting our trip shorter than we had planned.
Yes flies are a normal part of the bush but not in the incredible numbers that we experienced.
Friends of ours who are also experienced bush campers like us, also cut their trip short.
We weren’t traveling together.
The mozzies weren’t that great either.

5 months ago

We have to agree with 86GTS’s comments re flies and mossies (their numbers can be horrendous) but having travelled the outback in previous years after rains we have also found so much beauty. Give it several weeks to dry out and for the wildflowers to bloom and you won’t regret visiting this amazing part of our country. BUT, don’t forget the fly nets and insect repellent. If possible, go and enjoy this wonderful experience.

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