When I think of the Outback of Australia, I think dry and desolate. But the Queensland Outback — most of which is encompassed by a region known as Channel Country — is so much more than a barren landscape. It’s diverse wildlife, ever-changing terrain, and communities of people. Hospitality and good humor is the norm.
Equipped with a trailer that could handle any Outback adventure, my boyfriend Thatcher and I traveled around the southwest corner of Queensland — from Longreach to Birdsville — to talk to some locals and get to know the place.