The top 10 benefits of life in the outback
- The freedom. There’s nothing better than hitting the road or jumping in the chopper and getting away from all the people and city lights.
- No traffic is a big plus. If I go into Darwin city the worse it gets is a three-car bank up.
- Being so close to nature. I feel spoilt having waterfalls and open floodplains in my back yard.
- The pace of life. It’s so nice living simply and slowly.
- The incredible animals. The Top End has amazingly diverse wildlife; the birds, crocs and marine life.
- It’s hot all year round, so no need to get away for a European summer!
- The Fishing. I love getting out on the boat for the weekend. And of course, cooking up the fresh Barra for dinner afterwards is delish.
- The Diversity. The NT Outback has everything from the Rock, to beautiful tropical oases and natural hot springs.
- The characters and friendly people. Out bush, everyone says g’day with a smile.
- The community. There is still such a strong sense of community and people coming together here.
What are the cons of living in the outback?
“The build-up in the wet season. While the humidity is great for beautiful dewy skin - the sun can also be very harsh. Living in the elements can knock your body about, and because you can’t swim in the ocean up here (thanks to the crocs & marine life) a pool is a must,” says Kaia. “There isn’t too much else - maybe that there’s only one organic veggie store and the shopping is pretty minimal - but that’s what holidays are for!”
What kind of person do you need to be to enjoy life in the Australian outback?
“Easy going, minimalistic, a nature and animal lover,” says Kaia. “The laid-back lifestyle is perfect for me, I can get around in my boots and a loose dress - the lifestyle really reflects my personal style.”
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