As the wine capital of Australia, the art of blending comes naturally. But South Australia blends far more than wine. From the salt flats of Lake Eyre to the majesty of the Flinders Ranges, the diversity of South Australia may surprise you.
Nestled deep within South Australia’s remote Outback is the town of Coober Pedy. Coined the ‘Opal Capital of the World’, it’s an intriguing place where around half of the population live underground to escape soaring summer temperatures.
Travellers can even stay at an underground hotel, and visit the underground homes, art galleries, restaurants and churches for an insight into this unique underground world.
Vast and empty, Kata Thanda-Lake Eyre basin occupies an area of nearly 10,000 square kilometres, and is Australia’s largest inland lake. Depending on seasonal rainfall, the dry salt lake’s barren landscape transforms into a thriving oasis. Walk along the salt flats watching for pelicans, gulls and the tiny Lake Eyre Dragon. Or take to air and experience the magnitude of this incredible site on a scenic flight.
After traversing the Birdsville track through some of the most arid landscape in the country, you can experience the hospitality of the welcoming waterhole, the Birdsville Hotel. Standing at the edge of the Simpson Desert, this hotel has become legendary as an authentic Outback pub.
As its name suggests Cameron Corner is a unique Outback meeting point at the intersection of three states – Queensland, South Australia and New South Wales. One of the most easterly Outback reaches and bisected by the world’s longest wild dog fence, Cameron Corner is a remote and quirky gateway to far-flung wilderness adventures.
Flinders Ranges National Park, sculpted by climatic events over many millions of years, encompasses rugged mountains and red sandy landscapes, intriguing fossils and the evidence of early pioneers. Wildlife abounds within this 540 million-year-old landscape, including the Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby.
The striking natural amphitheatre of Wilpena Pound is one of the most beautiful sites within Flinders Ranges National Park.