Our initial plan was to rent a car and drive the 9 hour journey to a highway that would hopefully lead us to the glorious outback. Well, that was the plan at least. But as we were talking through the mini road trip and going through google pictures our Australian friend Emily goes, “All these pictures look like my home town, what do you guys really want to see?” “Nothing” Andrew and I responded. And we didn’t because we wanted to be on a road where we saw nothing, just like the Outback Steakhouse commercials. Emily showed us pictures of her hometown and we figured we should go to her house which was only a 2 1/2 hour drive and see her hometown. This way we could stop and see pretty nothingness AND see her hometown which she considers is in “the bush”. So Andrew and I did a large leap of faith and rented a car (you have to have your open license in order to drive in Australia which not many Aussies have until their middle-20s and American’s automatically have theirs).
Our cute little rental car for five days
Our first stop was at Hannibal’s Bucket which is basically a GIANT bucket, we could have even fit the car in it! But it was a rental so we didn’t.
Our first stop
Entered the small town of Nanango which means "a place of water"
Next, we went to a partially scary little town called “Cherbourg”. It’s an Indigenous town in the middle of no where that Andrew and Emily learned about in their Indigenous Australia class. This would be compared to a Native American territory in the states. It was interesting to see how the Aboriginals lived. Even more interesting was the sign right before you got into Cherbourg that prohibited large amounts of alcohol to be consumed in this town. Namely, there was only allowed to be a case of beer (36 beers nothing stronger) per person or car each night. This was the first place in Australia that I saw that there was a limit on alcohol.
Outside of small Indigenous town called "Cherbourg"
Our next stop was my favorite of the whole trip; Coomba Falls. This place would have been amazing to swim and visit in the summer time but it was just as beautiful in the winter.
Standing tall at Coomba Falls
We ate our lunch here and because it was winter we had the place to ourselves. We took full advantage by taking funny pictures by the pretty rocks and the amazing scenery.
Falling off rocks
This road trip lasted three days and we were lucky enough to stay in Emily’s hometown of Yarraman. This town only has a population of 700 people so it was quite small. Here is where I enjoyed my first home cooked meal for the first time in months!
Emily's hometown named Yarraman which means "wild horse"
But what was even more amazing than that was I got to feel like a real Australian because I got to see red dirt. Not just any red dirt, no, Australian red dirt. This did not seem so exciting for Emily or even for Shaun who has been here for a little while but for Andrew and I to see red dirt we finally felt like we were in the Australian Outback. We got to feel and see red dirt which not many Americans can say. I was more than excited to say the least. Overall it was an amazing road trip and I’m so glad I was able to see how Australian’s really live.