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South Australia is the driest state in Australia. This becomes quite apparent once you leave behind the parklands of Adelaide and head into the interior. The Outback is as harsh as it is beautiful. Much of it consists of stony desert, saltpans, and sand hills, roamed by kangaroos and wild goats. After spring rains, though, the area can burst alive with wildflowers.
It was always difficult to travel through these parts, and even today only four main routes traverse it. One of them, the Birdsville Track, is famed in Outback history as the trail along which stockmen once drove their herds of cattle south from Queensland. Another, the Strzelecki Track, runs through remote sand-dune country to Innaminka and on to Coopers Creek. Both of these tracks cut through the "dingo fence" -- a 5,600km-long (3,472-mile) barrier designed to keep dingoes out of the pastoral lands to the south.
If you follow the Stuart Highway or the Oodnadatta Track, you'll pass the mining towns of Coober Pedy, Andamooka, and Mintabie, where people from all over the world have been turned loose in the maddening search for opal. Out here, too, are national parks, such as the daunting Simpson Desert Conservation Park, with its seemingly endless blood-red sand dunes and spinifex plains; and Lake Eyre National Park, with its dried-up saltpan that, during rare floods, is a temporary home to thousands of water birds.
- Pros:Contrasting landscapes that lend themselves to adventure.
- Cons:The driest state in Australia!
- In a nutshell:Explore this state, you will love it.
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