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Old 12-02-2010, 02:45 PM
 
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I know that tristan da Cunha is the most isolated town in the world, but what are the most isolated villages on earth that are not islands. I would think it world likely be Alert, Canada(though i dont feel this really counts since its not a true town) for North America, but what about other continents? what about overall? I'm especially interested in places with indigenous populations, but other settlements count too

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Old 12-02-2010, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Sunshine Coast, BC
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Where I live: Perth.
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Old 12-02-2010, 09:51 PM
 
Location: Lake Forest, CA
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In North America, the most isolated place accessible by road is Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Canada. In South America, one of the least accessible places by road would be in Acre state in western Brazil, like Cruziero do Sul.

In Africa the list would be almost endless, but probably would include places in Northern Chad. In central Asia, the area near the borders of Mongolia, China, Kazakhstan and Russia would be really remote and hard to get to. Of course, almost anywhere in northern Siberia would qualify.
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Old 12-02-2010, 10:18 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Where I live: Perth.
Perth is probably THE most isolated city in the world.

Giles meteorological station in central eastern WA could be the remotest settlement in Oz. WA's interior is literally empty: there is no sealed road between Eucla, on the south coast, and Kununurra on the north coast, about 2,500 miles away.

Fun, kind of unrelated fact: the Great Northern Highway is the longest highway/road in Australia.
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Old 12-02-2010, 10:52 PM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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Perth does look to be pretty isolated, maybe the most.

Manaus, Brazil and Yakutsk in Siberia I think come out as fairly isolated. In smaller places the town of La Rinconada in Peru is said to be very isolated as it's high in the mountains. I think there are settlements in the Gobi Desert that are likely quite remote.
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Old 12-02-2010, 11:48 PM
 
Location: Sunshine Coast, BC
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Perth does look to be pretty isolated, maybe the most.
Oh believe me, it ain't just looks either. It feels isolated too!
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Old 12-03-2010, 04:29 AM
 
Location: Sweden
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There are a couple of small villages in the most northern part of Sweden.
You actually have to go through Finland to get there.
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Old 12-03-2010, 06:59 AM
 
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Baker Lake, Nunavut looks to be pretty remote as it's described as "The Canadian Arctic's sole inland community." It's apparently classed as a hamlet so maybe it's too small.

Baker Lake - The Canadian Encyclopedia
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Old 12-03-2010, 02:32 PM
 
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Baker Lake, Nunavut looks to be pretty remote as it's described as "The Canadian Arctic's sole inland community." It's apparently classed as a hamlet so maybe it's too small.

Baker Lake - The Canadian Encyclopedia
No, its not too small at all. Great choice! I just said alert doesnt count beause its a research station and not a real community.
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Old 12-03-2010, 08:43 PM
 
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I know that tristan da Cunha is the most isolated town in the world, but what are the most isolated villages on earth that are not islands. I would think it world likely be Alert, Canada(though i dont feel this really counts since its not a true town) for North America, but what about other continents? what about overall? I'm especially interested in places with indigenous populations, but other settlements count too
Cape York Peninsula in Australia. Not easily accessible for the most part. Restricted to adventurous people in 4WDs on unpaved roads, which are flooded a lot of times. Some areas completely inaccessible and totally undeveloped & untouched. If it has 20,000 people in total, I'd be surprised. Mostly indigenous.

Other indigenous areas are a lot of the remote communities throughout the country, especially Western Australia, my state. Literally nothing out there.

I googled this subject - most isolated city and there's debate about it being Auckland, New Zealand versus Perth. The criteria being that they're cities of one million or more and how far the next city with a million or more people is. So technically Auckland wins out by a few miles since Sydney is the next city of that size.

But with Auckland you've got some small cities nearby. 2 hour drive south and you're in Hamilton, population 140k. 8 hour drive: Wellington, pop 400k.

Then there's Perth, technically a city but more a big country town at heart. We have no other cities in this entire state (third of the size of the entire country) with populations of 100k or more. Drive 6 hours west, across harsh bleak terrain and you get to Kalgoorlie-Boulder, pop: 30k. Then it's another, longer day's drive before you get to any place with more people than flies. Same story heading north. And west, that Indian Ocean is surprisingly vast. Takes about 8 hours to get to South Africa by plane.

Now, that's remote!
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