Driving through the red center has taken a toll on us and we decided to slow down and drive a shorter trip and stop over at Marla. It was a beautiful drive nevertheless with changing landscapes. We stopped over at the beautiful Breakaways Conservation Park, a unique arid environment. The movies Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, Ground Zero was filmed there. Over the horizon you can just make out the ‘Dog Fence’, a 2m high wire barrier stretches for over 5,300km across three States, to protect the sheep from the Dingo. Over the fence, the desert-like moonscape with its fossilised shells, grey, soft clay dirt and cracks that appear to be bottomless, has been nicknamed the ‘moon plain’ and was the scene for the Red Planet movie. It was wet so the roads were closed and we did not get up close to the fence and the moon plain.
We were greeted by this beautiful sunrise above the magnificent Flinders Ranges on our drive up north through the Explorer’s Way (Stuart Hwy). Interesting stops on roadhouses until we reached the unique opal mining town of Coober Pedy. Our motel was underground an a dugout – a very unique and interesting experience. Very sustainable with very constant temperatures regardless of outside conditions which can be very harsh. We looked at a number of attractions and one stood out, the inspiration for Crocodile Dundee which was Crocodile Harry’s Underground Nest.