In the 1860, the outback was first conquered on foot by Burke and Wills (an Irish policeman and a British surveyor). It took them around seven months. Their ultimate goal being to establish an overland telegraph line from what is now Darwin to Adelaide.
We are not taking nearly as long nor do we have any such a mission. We are merely enjoying the sights and differentness of the outback.
The outback can’t be pinpointed to a precise location, which won’t surprise you. Generally speaking anything outside of the larger metropolitan areas is ‘outback’. So in a sense you could say Harrietville is outback.
I guess anything West of Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland would be considered as outback (except the city of Perth in WA). It is an area of 6.5 million square kilometres inhabited by 600,00 people.
If you look at the condition to extend your Australian work-holiday visa for another year, you need to
have completed three months of specified work in regional Australia (…) All of Nothern Territory, South Australia and Tasmania is classified as part of regional Australia.
For more details, see the full postcode list.
What I do know for a fact now is the following: