Stepping into a Magical Outback 

Whoever says that magic doesn’t exist obviously hasn’t been to Central Australia. I’ve been on the road for one week and right now we’re camped in the cultural heart and soul of our country.


Connecting to the outside world has been sporadic and minimal but, while I have the chance, here at the Ayers Rock Campground in Uluru, I thought I’d share some snippets of outback magic from my trip so far.

Ayers Rock (Uluru) at sunset last night
Whilst tonight I’m writing this from Ayers Rock and it’s undoubtedly very special, every stop has been memorable.

Getting here has been half the fun and we’ve savoured every step along the way, with plenty more still to come.

Proof that the joy really is in the journey.

Taking in the peace and quiet
We’ve rushed nothing.

Our second night was at Port Gemein where we enjoyed an evening sunset walk along the longest wooden jetty in Australia.

Even in peak times this place is quiet. A hidden gem and a great overnighter off the highway that most people overlook.

Our third night we free camped on the red shores of Lake Hart, in between Woomera and Coober Pedy.

I’m standing on salt and marvelling at the vastness around me
Stepping onto the vast salt lake plains near sunset was like stepping into a wonderland.


There was not a sound, no bird life, no breeze, just stillness, solitude and serenity.

The colored sky shimmered and reflected on the salt lake and was like nothing I’ve experienced before.


A place to replenish the soul.

My early morning walk the next day has never been so peaceful.


From Lake Hart we traveled to outback Coober Pedy, the opal capital of the world and enjoyed two fun and quirky days there,  immersing ourselves in outback history and stepping into underground homes and mines.


On route to Uluru we detoured from Cadney Park and drove 90kms outback along the Oodnadatta Track to The Painted Desert, a spectacular part of the Arckaringa Hills.


Now here we are at Uluru.

Today we walked the entire base of Ayers Rock. It was a peaceful, quietly serene few hours of being totally in the moment and appreciating nature at its best.

Years ago it was a big deal to climb the rock but today it’s discouraged due to the cultural beliefs and spiritual folklore of the place.

It will be slowly phased out altogether but I was more than happy to explore it from below.

Tomorrow we’re walking again, there’s so much to explore here. 

More steps to be taken in this amazing place and more steps in our outback journey of the Red Centre, the heart and soul of Australia.

Hopefully I’ll check in again but if I’m off the radar it’s because I’m in some outback region. You can still follow me on Instagram.

Wishing you all your own piece of magic, where ever you are.  

Stay happy and keep enjoying the journey. 

Sharing for Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge: Steps
and also for Jo’s Monday Walk


159 thoughts on “Stepping into a Magical Outback 

  1. Wow! You make me want to visit Australia. Those vast salt plains look gorgeous an the shot of the sun with the spectrum (captures above an below) is stunning! I remember seeing the Uluru in Kim’s post. It looks magical. I’m so happy that your trip turned out to be the all that you wanted it to be! 🙂

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    1. Hi Cheryl, thanks for your comment. Great to hear from you. I’ve been off the grid for much of this trip. Uluru was amazing as has been so much on this trip. And yes, we’re having a ball. I hope you’re well. xo 😊

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  2. I am speechless! These pictures are absolutely incredible!!!! What an amazing trip! DJ has wanted to go to Australia, and I haven’t had a ton of interest— this just totally changed my mind.

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    1. I’m glad Mack.Australia is so awesome. I haven’t been able to do much blogging on this trip but I have loads of my pics on Insta. If you ever get a chance to visit Australia I hope you do. 😊

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  3. We too had a very memorable visit to Ayers Rock/Uluru several years ago. My clearest memory is the incredible night sky under the southern cross – quite a different view for me. Loved your first shot of the rock at sunset. beautiful lighting.

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