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outback, Outback /ˈaʊtbæk/  

(uncountable noun / adjective) Usage note: This is the usual term used by all speakers.

The vast, often uninhabited part of Australia away from the major towns and cities. 'Outback' can be written with or without the capital 'O'.

Example 1: an air service for the region. Rather than running between coastal cities, it would serve the Outback 's open landscape and huge distances, ideal for air travel.  (  

Example 2: The next five years were spent travelling outback New South Wales and Queensland by bicycle and coach earning a precarious living shearing, opal mining and various bush work, returning frequently to White cliffs and Broken Hill. ( 

The outback seen from a train window

(photo by Julia Miller)