Camping is one of the best ways to engage with the outdoors – and photography is one of the best ways to capture these precious memories. Known for its stretches of nature and stunning sunsets, South Australia is the perfect place to get creative. Here are some places that will activate your imagination and get you started.
Cinematic landscapes at Cactus Beach
Hidden away on the east side of the Great Australia Bight, Cactus Beach is one of Australia’s most secluded and most gorgeous surf beaches. It can be found between Blue Lake and the coast, surrounded by undulating sand dunes. Even though it’s a surfer’s paradise, Cactus Beach is still a magnet for many who loves its beautiful surroundings.
Take photographs of the long strip of beach divided by two bodies of water, reminiscent of the parting of the Red Sea. Don’t go without taking at least a million photos of Lake MacDonnell – this might seem like an exaggeration, but wait until you see it! It’s a vibrant pink salt lake (attributing its strawberry hues to halobacteria) that looks just as magical in photographs as in does in real life. Come for the photographs and stay for the ambience.
Surreal sights at d’Arenberg Cube
McLaren Vale is one of the most Instagrammable places in South Australia. With a bounty of cellar doors and wineries, you can barely swing your camera without finding another Instagrammable moment. One of McLaren Vale’s stand-out sights is d’Arenberg Cube, a giant Rubik’s cube. Inspired by the complexities and puzzles of winemaking, the owner Chester Osborn built this giant cube to create an otherworldly experience.
Set on the largest biodynamic winery in Australia, the cube features a tasting room with 360-degree views, a museum and art gallery, and several eateries and bars. While away your afternoon with some of the winery’s best drops or even bottle your own wine during a blending masterclass.
Unbelievable beauty at Umpherston Sinkhole
Known as the sunken garden, it was once a cave but collapsed to create a sinkhole. Made into a garden in 1886, Umpherston Sinkhole comes alive with hundreds of possums as the sun sets. Walk around the sinkhole and discover sculptures inspired by the geological processes of the region. Document the garden in all its splendour – you’ll find a fountain fringed by hydrangeas and tree ferns. Bring along a picnic and enjoy its array of scenic spots.
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Picture is Lake MacDonnell. Image courtesy of Chloe Todd