Australian outback landscape, Mount Chambers during drought in northern South Australia

The South Australian outback, like the outback regions of other states, includes a great diversity of spectacular landscapes as well as many natural and man-made attractions.

The photos in this gallery show vast treeless plains under azure skies, immense sand dunes and other arid and semi-desert landscapes. The various locations illustrated here include Arkaroola, Lake Eyre, Fogarty’s claypan and other areas along the iconic Oodnadatta track, in addition to savagely corrugated roads and  meandering trails leading through the Gammon Ranges National Park. There are images of the spectacular Mount Chambers gorge and grim scenes that reveal the savage impact of drought on the environment, but landscapes daubed with wildflowers, including Sturt’s Desert Pea (Swainsona formosa), which is the South Australian floral emblem, reveal the astounding beauty and resilience of Australian native flora.

Other photos that you’ll discover here give a glimpse of South Australia’s distant past and of the courageous, determined and sometimes foolhardy pioneers who struggled to tame the Australian outback. Their efforts and their lives have been immortalised by the crumbling remains of old stock yards, by the fragments of buildings at Simonston, by the extensive ruins of the Kanyaka homestead near Quorn, and by a solitary grave on the barren plains at Mount Dutton.

The outback is often a harsh and unforgiving environment, but it shows its more gentle face when water is a prominent feature of the landscape, as illustrated at Wilochra Creek in the Flinders Ranges region, at the Montecollina bore, at the oasis of Cooper Creek at Innamincka, and at the Blanche Cup mound springs.

This gallery also features images that include varied forms of travel and recreational vehicles – including SUV and 4 x 4 vehicles, caravans and campervans.

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