We finally cross the border of South Australia and Northern Territory. The landscape is changing to a deeper red. We stopped at the last and first NT pub – the Kulgera Roadhouse with hats dangling on the ceiling, snake skin wrapped around a pillar and a poo poo corner.
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.