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A lonely forsaken place.


The inland desert region of Australia that is otherwise known as the Never-never is also sometimes called the 'Back of Beyond'.

The term is more generally used to refer to any real or imagined remote region. It was first put into print by Sir Walter Scott in his novel The Antiquary, 1816:

"You... whirled them to the back of beyont to look at the auld Roman camp."

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