You could be forgiven for thinking that the Australian outback is dull, boring, colourless tracts of nothing.
Yeah, some of it is, for sure. But we have also found some jaw-dropping treasures in the last few days.
Firstly, the Painted Desert … Instead of continuing up the last leg of the Oodnadatta Track from Oodnadatta up to the highway to Marla, we cut across country to Coober Pedy via the Painted Desert (aka Arckaringa Hills). The road into the Painted Desert had a particularly bouncy set of corrugations, rocks, sand and bulldust, but the view was worth every bone-jarring bump!
The road across to Coober Pedy had a few challenges, as mentioned … like road blocks …
… and dust and rocks. Did we mention dust? … and rocks?
The next part of the drive took us through the ‘Moon Plains’, the barest plain in South Australia. Numerous movies have been filmed here in this incredibly desolate landscape, including Mad Max 3.
Next along the road was the ‘Dog Fence’, the longest mesh fence in the world. Basically, cattle are on the north side and sheep to the south. However the only animal we saw on the fence was an emu.
We ended the day with a fabulous sunset display of desert colours in the Kanku-Breakaways Conservation Park, just outside of Coober Pedy.