Who Are We?
Welcome to the Outback Lakes Region, an incredibly unique and spectacular part of southern Australia. Though the capital, Adelaide is home to the majority of the state’s population, most of Australia is made up of rugged land known as the “outback”.
The outback region is the vast heartland of Australia. It includes places of exquisite beauty and wilderness. It is an area of extremes, alternately lush and beautiful, harsh and inhospitable.
The outback stretches across most of the Australian continent, although you’ll get argument as to which areas exactly fall under the term outback, what defines the vast territory is simply its remoteness. The outback lakes region is an area bounded by several renowned salt lakes and it has most of Australia’s most dramatic and spectacular landscapes. Rich in history, it is the home of significant aboriginal icons and the famous Oodnadatta, Birdsville, and Strzeleiki tracks.
Complex and diverse land tracks support a wide range of native plants and animals as well as productive livestock enterprises. Following flooding, it transforms into a lush sea of grasses, wildflowers, and shrubs. However, even in drier times, the growth of vegetation is not hindered.
The producers in this region are passionate about preserving and improving this special part of Australia and their several years of experience in the area are reflected vividly in their approach to adaptive management of their livestock within the region.
For example, livestock number is kept at specific levels so native plants and trees can flourish all year round.
The people and land of outback embody all that is distinctively and characteristically Australian. However, while the outback is quintessentially Australian, it is also a place of international consequence.
The Australian outback consists of a rich tapestry of deeply interconnected landscapes that cover more than seventy per cent of the continent. Ochre coloured soils are a recurring feature of this landscape. In global concept, Australia is significant for biodiversity: its many plants and animals are highly distinctive, with a high rate of endemism arising from its long isolation as a landmass. Of an estimated eleven million species worldwide, about fifty-seven thousand are native to Australia. Predictably, it is one of the seventeen “megadiverse” countries i.e. those with exceptional biodiversity, and along with the United States is one of the only two developed countries that share this designation.
Most of Australia’s terrestrial species can be found nowhere else on Earth. For example, more than eighty per cent of Australian mammals, frogs, and reptiles, seventy per cent of its insects live only in its continent. Much of this biodiversity is restricted to the Outback area.
Besides, the outback has the world’s largest remaining areas in natural condition for three global biomes:
- Tropical and subtropical grasslands, scrublands, and savannas.
- Desert and Xeric shrublands
- Mediterranean-type forests, woodland, and scrub.
Six outback areas in Australia are recognized internationally for their biodiversity significance and are listed as world heritage sites.