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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 and Cons
  • Pros:Contrasting landscapes that lend themselves to adventure.
  • Cons:The driest state in Australia!
  • In a nutshell:Explore this state, you will love it.
  • Last visit to State of South Australia: Apr 2002
  • Intro Updated May 3, 2005
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  • ViajesdelMundo's Profile Photo
    Sep 8, 2009 at 1:24 PM

    Lots of good tips; a number of things I never covered in the 4 yrs I lived in Sth Aust! (early 70s). I loved travllg to the Eyre peninsula!

  • zuriga's Profile Photo
    May 19, 2008 at 7:43 AM

    Almost moved to Adelaide once - I think he's now in Berlin. :-)

  • Apr 10, 2007 at 10:46 PM

    We loved this place, Victor Harbour and plan on going back there again.

  • Arial_27's Profile Photo
    Jun 14, 2006 at 4:40 AM

    Kevin, I hope you have a very happy belated birthday! Many happy returns :) Your photos here by the way are superb - the wallabys are adorable! I must visit southern Australia some day. Cheers

  • Xemx's Profile Photo
    Feb 12, 2006 at 12:03 PM

    Excellent page, Kev. I especially liked the info. about Kangaroo island. I visited S. Australia many years ago but never got the opportunity to hop over to the island. Granite island looks interesting esp. with all those cute penguins :-)

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    May 26, 2005 at 10:31 PM

    can't believe I'm the first one here...that Billabong is an awesome pic......and sure there is a BIG Galah ^..^your right, exploring S.A. is very rewarding, lovely piece of Australia. great page. tks for sharing Kev

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