Although most Australians today live an urban life, close to the eastern seaboard, the wild rugged outback of our country's interior still exerts a strong influence on our psyche and sense of national identity.
Have you ever lived in the outback and did you love it or loath it? Where exactly were you and what were you doing there? Are you still living there?
No I have not lived there but have been there on business and had friends in the North West of WA.
Some of these were not inland however.
It would take getting used to as it is quite different, though this was 20 years ago so perhaps it has changed.
The biggest difference is that distances come to mean little after a while and driving 100 kms to see a friend is not a big deal.
Also the heat would get to me without sea breezes being strong.
I've only been out to Oodnadatta, S.A, during the September school holidays to help my brother & his wife in The Pink Roadhouse, population, 180 or so, but many more people passing through during the winter spring months of the school holidays. My brother & his wife owned the roadhouse for 38 years. I went over from 1999-2002, (then I recovered cruising!) They also had their house painted ALL pink. I'd be doing the washing & ironing at the house, then I'd walk though the workshop to the roadhouse, & wash up, clear tables, talk to customers, or send them to my sis-in-law if they had travel questions. My brother was usually in the workshop, helping the mechanic, or loading up a semi to drive down to Adelaide with drink cans to be recycled. Once a cousin & her husband called in while I was there, another time, another cousins son called in while working on a movie set, about 60ks away. I also went over there with my mother & my then 3 yr old daughter.to help out at the May race meeting. i was making hamburgers in the shed, then we'd all have to pack up & go out to the racecourse, then back to the shed at 5.30, to continue feeding people there..Boy was that tiring work?! When I heard 1 of the 3 policemen from the town was leaving is his old Holden to drive to Alice Springs, I asked if my daughter & I could go with him! We squeezed into the car with his very pregnant wife, & his brother. It was a very long 12 hour trip, but I was very glad to be on our way home! And they are the only times I went over there!