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Pictures of South Australia 2014
Part 2 - Pictures of the Flinders Ranges and the Oodnadatta Track

Rawnsly Bluff, Wilpena Pound

The next part of our journey takes us deep into the heart of South Australia and onto the Oodnadatta Track.

Flinders Ranges

En route to the Oodnadatta Track we stop at the amazing Flinders Ranges National Park. Situated some 400km’s north of Adelaide the towering peaks of the ranges shelter spectacular gorges, creeks and an abundance of wildlife.

The beautiful Wilpena Pound forms the park’s heart, making for a wonderful backdrop to the surrounding arid plains .

Map of Flinders Ranges
Rawnsly Bluff, Wilpena Pound

Picture of Rawnsly Bluff, Wilpena Pound, Flinders Ranges National Park

I have to mention the achievements of our two girls Hannah (9) and Gemma (8). Our 23 km walk to the summit of St Mary’s peak was hard enough for us oldies but the girls managed without a whisper of complaint. The views from the peak make all the hard work worth while.

The Flinders Ranges from St. Mary's Peak

360 degree panorama of The Flinders Ranges from St. Mary’s Peak

Rough roads skirt the perimeter of Wilpena Pound and through the many gorges of the Ranges. The views from Razorback lookout over Bunyeroo Gorge is one the parks highlights. The walls of the Pound and the Hysen Ranges glow a multitude of red hues as the sun slips over the horizon at first light.

Razorback lookout, Bunyeroo Gorge

Razorback lookout, Bunyeroo Gorge, Flinders Ranges National Park

Cresent Moon over Wilpena Pound

Crescent Moon over Wilpena Pound

The Oodnadatta Track

Map of Oodnadatta Track

It’s now time for us to head off-road and onto the Oodnadatta Track.

Once part of the famed Ghan railway line running from Adelaide to Darwin, the re-routing of the line in 1981 saw populations along the route diminish leaving behind ghost towns and relics of a bygone era.


The track for us starts at the town of Marree. Here I’ve used a ‘painting by light’ technique to capture an abandoned diesel loco that is slowly being reclaimed by the desert. The process involves a long exposure, enabling me to walk around the engine ‘painting’ with my torch. The inclusion of a shining moon really sets the scene.

Abandoned Loco, Marree, Oodnadatta Track

Abandoned Loco, Marree, Oodnadatta Track

William Creek and Lake Eyre

The largest lake in Australia (when full), Lake Eyre is a spectacle that is seen best from the air. We charted a small plane and was taken aloft by our superb pilot Sarah for an unforgettable flight over the lake. From the air the scale of the lake becomes apparent – a salt pan the size of Belgium. Our flight took us over the southern end of North Lake Eyre, from arid stock pens onto the blinding salt lake itself.

My aim was to capture some of the abstract patterns formed by the receding waters, scenes akin to another planet.

Lake Eyre

Lake Eyre

Lake Eyre Salt Pan

Lake Eyre Salt Pan


Lake Eyre Details

Lake Eyre Aerial Photography Details

Painted Desert

Our final stop on the Track took us to the Painted Desert at Arckaringa Station. The beautiful outcrops of rock glow with subtle hues in the pre-dawn light. The colours are created from the effects of erosion from an ancient inland sea, the residue and the leaching of minerals in the soil create a wonderful >mosaic of colours.

Painted Desert, Arckaringa homestead

Pre-dawn light in the Painted Desert, Arckaringa homestead

Sunset at the Painted Desert

Sunset at the Painted Desert

Leaving the desert behind brings mixed feeling. Such a beautiful landscape far from the trappings of our normal lives but harsh in the scorching summer sun. Our final day in Coober Pedy brings temperatures of 45 degrees, a perfect cue for us to head south …



Also see

Part 1 – Country and Outback NSW

Part 2 – Pictures of the Oodnadatta Track

Part 3 – Pictures of Kangaroo Island

Part 4 – Pictures of Murray River

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