Category: South Australia

Outback Australia landscapes

The Australian outback truly is remarkable. And ever changing as you drive through it. I left Coober Pedy heading north for the Painted Desert. First stop, Kanku/Breakaways again. Last night I drove in from the highway to the lookout, so today I wanted to drive in via the Moon Plain, and actually into Kanku to …

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Coober Pedy, the wild outback

Coober Pedy. It’s not as I imagined it would be. Yes, there are a lot of opal mines, surrounded by even more mounds of dirt, looking a bit like crab holes in wet sand. You know how little crabs throw balls of sand all around their hole while they’re digging? Well, that’s what the surrounds …

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Coward Springs, a desert oasis

Like most places of interest on the Oodnadatta Track, Coward Springs was originally a siding for the old Ghan railway line. When they were putting the track through, somebody decided that the best way to get water was to sink a bore. Well, they got water – more than they expected. The water gushed out, …

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The best laid plans ….

    The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men Gang aft a-gley, [often go awry]  – Robert Burns      

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The most iconic places in Australia you’ve never heard of

Orange sun setting behind dead tree branches at White Cliffs in outback NSW

Everybody knows the Sydney Opera House & Harbour Bridge, Bondi Beach, Uluru, and the Great Barrier Reef. But there are many other places that are just as magnificent that you’ve probably never heard of or, if you do know them, haven’t thought about visiting. Places that are seared into the Australian psyche,but which even locals …

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Top Australian Outback landscapes

Watarrka - Kings Canyon

The Australian outback is not all flat, endless plains. The countryside is constantly changing – rainforest, floodplains (and drought plains), ‘jump up’ country, rivers, deserts, sand dunes, and red dust are some of the things you’ll see. Sometimes all within the space of a day’s drive. Even the name of the deserts conjures up amazing …

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