Welcome to the Outback! I know, it wasn’t quite what I pictured either. It’s beautiful and charming in a way I didn’t think it would be. We spent the last three days exploring and working in this wonderful little section of the Outback called Little Desert. Unlike the red, bare earth you see in many pictures of the Australian Outback, Little Desert is full of fine white sand, wheat fields and massive trees.
Fine white sand, like the beach? Yes, exactly like the beach! Trust me, I was just as surprised. It’s not easy to keep sand out of your boots on hikes! When I asked our guide about the sand, he explained that Australia used to be covered by massive seas that stretched throughout different parts of the outback. As the land was pushed up from the ocean floor, the seas eventually disappeared leaving behind their sandy bottoms. If you look hard enough, you can even find the remains of shells.