Known for its breathtaking sinkholes, playful wildlife and picturesque landscapes that stretch as far as the eye can see, there are plenty of adventures awaiting you in South Australia. With the easing of restrictions to allow for regional travel, it’s the perfect time for South Australian to get out and explore their state. Not sure where to start? Here are some of Caravanning Australia’s recommendations for things to see and do off the beaten track.
Umpherston Sinkhole, Mount Gambier
Tucked away in the south-eastern corner of South Australia, among Mount Gambier’s volcanic landscapes and crater lakes, lies Umpherston Sinkhole. Once a limestone cave formed by the crashing seawater waves, the sinkhole was created when the chamber’s roof collapsed, leaving it a tranquil, sunken garden for visitors to enjoy. Walk around and admire sculptures circling the sinkhole (inspired by the geological processes that make sinkholes) and the beautiful terraced gardens. In the evening, the sinkhole gets some furry visitors – travellers will be greeted by possums gathering at the gardens for a dusk feeding.
Bunda Cliffs, Nullarbor
Situated between two of Australia’s most iconic natural attractions – the Nullarbor Plain and the Great Australian Bight – you’ll find the Bunda Cliffs. Part of the Nullarbor Plain, the Bunda Cliffs are apparently the world’s biggest cave system. The Mirning people, traditional owners of the land, tell a Dreamtime story about the Rainbow Serpent and how it used these caves as a place of rest during their travels from Alice Springs to the coast. During May and October, you have the chance to see whales during their migration. Regardless of the time you visit, you’ll be awed by these iconic sea cliffs that display the edge of Australia.
Lake Bumbunga, Clare
Less than a two hours’ drive from Adelaide, Lake Bumbunga’s fairy floss–hued waters draw visitors from all over. Depending on the water’s salinity, the lake can change colour from pink, to white, to blue throughout the year – each iteration stunning in its own way. If you stand out near the lake on a starry night, the lake reflects the stars, making you feel like you’re floating in the centre of a galaxy.
Pictured is Bunda Cliff, Great Australian Bight Lookout, South Australia.
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