It is marginal land to graze livestock but about as isolated as any habitable place that exists on the planet and the perfect location to do things without being watched.
In April 1993 two senior members of the Japanese doomsday cult Aum Supreme Truth flew from Tokyo to Perth on a fact-finding mission looking for just such a spot.
The group's second-in-charge and its 'intelligence minister' chartered a plane with a local real estate agent and inspected properties for sale across the Outback.
The sect planned to stage terrorist attacks its leader believed would start a nuclear war between superpowers, and remote Australia seemed a safe place to seek refuge in the fallout.
More immediately, they were in search of a hideout to plan and prepare for what has been described as the first use of a weapon of mass destruction by terrorists.