The outback is the rural interior of Australia. It covers about three-fourths of the continent. Some people use the term outback to describe all thinly populated areas away from Australia’s coastal cities. Others apply the term to only those areas with low rainfall. Many people associate life in the outback with a sense of adventure and isolation.
The outback consists mainly of open countryside, including vast areas of deserts and grazing land. The outback also has rich mineral resources. Mining is an important activity.
The outback is famous for its variety of unusual wildlife. The region’s plants and animals include spinifex grass and eucalyptus and acacia trees; kangaroos and other marsupials; and large flightless birds called emus.
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