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Lake Gairdner (Australia)

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Let the sacred mountain of Uluru, before arriving in Coober Pedy on the horizon appears the Painted Desert mountains

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Let the sacred mountain of Uluru, before arriving in Coober Pedy on the horizon appears the Painted Desert mountains

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The millions of wells drilled to find the opal stones, create a strange landscapes around the underground town of Coober Pedy

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The millions of wells drilled to find the opal stones, create a strange landscapes around the underground town of Coober Pedy

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The trucks with the suction pump, symbol of Coober Pedy, used to suck the material excavated in the opal mines

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The trucks with the suction pump, symbol of Coober Pedy, used to suck the material excavated in the opal mines

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Coober Pedy

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Coober Pedy

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Coober Pedy. A model of the spaceship used in one of the Star Wars movie

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Coober Pedy. A model of the spaceship used in one of the Star Wars movie

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Coober Pedy, the shopping street

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Coober Pedy, the shopping street

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Coober Pedy, the shopping street

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Coober Pedy, the shopping street

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Coober Pedy. One of the underground bed rooms of the Desert Cave Hotel

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Coober Pedy. One of the underground bed rooms of the Desert Cave Hotel

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Coober Pedy. Houses, shops and the city life is underground, to shelter of the heat and the wind

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Coober Pedy. Houses, shops and the city life is underground, to shelter of the heat and the wind

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Coober Pedy. One of underground shops of jewels in the city that exposes stones opal

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Coober Pedy. One of underground shops of jewels in the city that exposes stones opal

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Coober Pedy. Opals

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Coober Pedy. Opals

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Coober Pedy. The Museum of the history of the town

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Coober Pedy. The Museum of the history of the town

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Coober Pedy. Opals

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Coober Pedy. Opals

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Coober Pedy. The opals mines

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Coober Pedy. The opals mines

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Coober Pedy. The opals mines

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Coober Pedy. The opals mines

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Coober Pedy. An home of the seekers opal, dug underground

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Coober Pedy. An home of the seekers opal, dug underground

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Coober Pedy. An home of the seekers opal, dug underground

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Coober Pedy. An home of the seekers opal, dug underground

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Coober Pedy. An home of the seekers opal, dug underground

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Coober Pedy. An home of the seekers opal, dug underground

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Coober Pedy. An home of the seekers opal, dug underground

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Coober Pedy. An home of the seekers opal, dug underground

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Coober Pedy. An home of the seekers opal. The pool could not miss

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Coober Pedy. An home of the seekers opal. The pool could not miss

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The road train. The long vehicle that runs on the Stuart Highway

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The road train. The long vehicle that runs on the Stuart Highway

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The road train. The long vehicle that runs on the Stuart Highway

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The road train. The long vehicle that runs on the Stuart Highway

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Leaving the Stuart Highway, begins the long red dirt track into the desert to reach the Great Gairdner Salt Lake

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Leaving the Stuart Highway, begins the long red dirt track into the desert to reach the Great Gairdner Salt Lake

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Kingoonya Iron Knob Road. An old chariot used by the first settlers arrived in this land

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Kingoonya Iron Knob Road. An old chariot used by the first settlers arrived in this land

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Along the Kingoonya Iron Knob Road. A Shingleback skink Lizard

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Along the Kingoonya Iron Knob Road. A Shingleback skink Lizard

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Along the Kingoonya Iron Knob Road. A Bearded Dragon

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Along the Kingoonya Iron Knob Road. A Bearded Dragon

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The land of salt. Lake Gairdner

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The land of salt. Lake Gairdner

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Great Gairdner Salt Lake

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Great Gairdner Salt Lake

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Gairdner Salt Lake. The salt is everywhere in the National Park

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Gairdner Salt Lake. The salt is everywhere in the National Park

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Gairdner National Park. Rest area along the lake

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Gairdner National Park. Rest area along the lake

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Along the coast of the Great Gairdner Salt Lake

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Along the coast of the Great Gairdner Salt Lake

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Lake Gairdner. An island in a sea of salt

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Lake Gairdner. An island in a sea of salt

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Lake Gairdner National Park

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Lake Gairdner National Park

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The coast of Gairdner Salt Lake

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The coast of Gairdner Salt Lake

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Lake Gairdner National Park

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Lake Gairdner National Park

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Lake Gairdner. Drawings of salt

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Lake Gairdner. Drawings of salt

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Sunset on the Lake Gardner National Park

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Sunset on the Lake Gardner National Park

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Glimpses of Adelaide

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Glimpses of Adelaide

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Glimpses of Adelaide

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Glimpses of Adelaide

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Glimpses of Adelaide

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Glimpses of Adelaide

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Adelaide

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Adelaide

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Adelaide

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Adelaide

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Adelaide. Ancient and modern together into the capital of South Australia

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Adelaide. Ancient and modern together into the capital of South Australia

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Adelaide. A sympathetic incitement to keep the streets cleaned

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Adelaide. A sympathetic incitement to keep the streets cleaned

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Adelaide. The arcade in the center of the town with shops and restaurants

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Adelaide. The arcade in the center of the town with shops and restaurants

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Adelaide. The most important museum of trains in Australia

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Adelaide. The most important museum of trains in Australia

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Adelaide. The Museum of Trains where is exposed the history of Australian railways

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Adelaide. The Museum of Trains where is exposed the history of Australian railways

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Adelaide. The Museum of Trains where is exposed the history of Australian railways

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Adelaide. The Museum of Trains where is exposed the history of Australian railways

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Adelaide. The Museum of Trains. The history of Australian railways, from the first steam train to modern diesel locomotives

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Adelaide. The Museum of Trains. The history of Australian railways, from the first steam train to modern diesel locomotives

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The Kingoonya Iron Knob Road. 400 km of track in the desert passing near the salt lake of Gardner

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The Kingoonya Iron Knob Road. 400 km of track in the desert passing near the salt lake of Gardner

Let the sacred mountain of Uluru, before arriving in Coober Pedy on the horizon appears the Painted Desert mountains
Let the sacred mountain of Uluru, before arriving in Coober Pedy on the horizon appears the Painted Desert mountains
The millions of wells drilled to find the opal stones, create a strange landscapes around the underground town of Coober Pedy
The millions of wells drilled to find the opal stones, create a strange landscapes around the underground town of Coober Pedy
The trucks with the suction pump, symbol of Coober Pedy, used to suck the material excavated in the opal mines
The trucks with the suction pump, symbol of Coober Pedy, used to suck the material excavated in the opal mines
Coober Pedy
Coober Pedy
Coober Pedy. A model of the spaceship used in one of the Star Wars movie
Coober Pedy. A model of the spaceship used in one of the Star Wars movie
Coober Pedy, the shopping street
Coober Pedy, the shopping street
Coober Pedy, the shopping street
Coober Pedy, the shopping street
Coober Pedy. One of the underground bed rooms of the Desert Cave Hotel
Coober Pedy. One of the underground bed rooms of the Desert Cave Hotel
Coober Pedy. Houses, shops and the city life is underground, to shelter of the heat and the wind
Coober Pedy. Houses, shops and the city life is underground, to shelter of the heat and the wind
Coober Pedy. One of underground shops of jewels in the city that exposes stones opal
Coober Pedy. One of underground shops of jewels in the city that exposes stones opal
Coober Pedy. Opals
Coober Pedy. Opals
Coober Pedy. The Museum of the history of the town
Coober Pedy. The Museum of the history of the town
Coober Pedy. Opals
Coober Pedy. Opals
Coober Pedy. The opals mines
Coober Pedy. The opals mines
Coober Pedy. The opals mines
Coober Pedy. The opals mines
Coober Pedy. An home of the seekers opal, dug underground
Coober Pedy. An home of the seekers opal, dug underground
Coober Pedy. An home of the seekers opal, dug underground
Coober Pedy. An home of the seekers opal, dug underground
Coober Pedy. An home of the seekers opal, dug underground
Coober Pedy. An home of the seekers opal, dug underground
Coober Pedy. An home of the seekers opal, dug underground
Coober Pedy. An home of the seekers opal, dug underground
Coober Pedy. An home of the seekers opal. The pool could not miss
Coober Pedy. An home of the seekers opal. The pool could not miss
The road train. The long vehicle that runs on the Stuart Highway
The road train. The long vehicle that runs on the Stuart Highway
The road train. The long vehicle that runs on the Stuart Highway
The road train. The long vehicle that runs on the Stuart Highway
Leaving the Stuart Highway, begins the long red dirt track into the desert to reach the Great Gairdner Salt Lake
Leaving the Stuart Highway, begins the long red dirt track into the desert to reach the Great Gairdner Salt Lake
Kingoonya Iron Knob Road. An old chariot used by the first settlers arrived in this land
Kingoonya Iron Knob Road. An old chariot used by the first settlers arrived in this land
Along the Kingoonya Iron Knob Road. A Shingleback skink Lizard
Along the Kingoonya Iron Knob Road. A Shingleback skink Lizard
Along the Kingoonya Iron Knob Road. A Bearded Dragon
Along the Kingoonya Iron Knob Road. A Bearded Dragon
The land of salt. Lake Gairdner
The land of salt. Lake Gairdner
Great Gairdner Salt Lake
Great Gairdner Salt Lake
Gairdner Salt Lake. The salt is everywhere in the National Park
Gairdner Salt Lake. The salt is everywhere in the National Park
Gairdner National Park. Rest area along the lake
Gairdner National Park. Rest area along the lake
Along the coast of the Great Gairdner Salt Lake
Along the coast of the Great Gairdner Salt Lake
Lake Gairdner. An island in a sea of salt
Lake Gairdner. An island in a sea of salt
Lake Gairdner National Park
Lake Gairdner National Park
The coast of Gairdner Salt Lake
The coast of Gairdner Salt Lake
Lake Gairdner National Park
Lake Gairdner National Park
Lake Gairdner. Drawings of salt
Lake Gairdner. Drawings of salt
Sunset on the Lake Gardner National Park
Sunset on the Lake Gardner National Park
Glimpses of Adelaide
Glimpses of Adelaide
Glimpses of Adelaide
Glimpses of Adelaide
Glimpses of Adelaide
Glimpses of Adelaide
Adelaide
Adelaide
Adelaide
Adelaide
Adelaide. Ancient and modern together into the capital of South Australia
Adelaide. Ancient and modern together into the capital of South Australia
Adelaide. A sympathetic incitement to keep the streets cleaned
Adelaide. A sympathetic incitement to keep the streets cleaned
Adelaide. The arcade in the center of the town with shops and restaurants
Adelaide. The arcade in the center of the town with shops and restaurants
Adelaide. The most important museum of trains in Australia
Adelaide. The most important museum of trains in Australia
Adelaide. The Museum of Trains where is exposed the history of Australian railways
Adelaide. The Museum of Trains where is exposed the history of Australian railways
Adelaide. The Museum of Trains where is exposed the history of Australian railways
Adelaide. The Museum of Trains where is exposed the history of Australian railways
Adelaide. The Museum of Trains. The history of Australian railways, from the first steam train to modern diesel locomotives
Adelaide. The Museum of Trains. The history of Australian railways, from the first steam train to modern diesel locomotives
The Kingoonya Iron Knob Road. 400 km of track in the desert passing near the salt lake of Gardner
The Kingoonya Iron Knob Road. 400 km of track in the desert passing near the salt lake of Gardner

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By: Carlo Piccinelli

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Lake Gairdner on Google Maps.
We left the Northern Territory and we enter in South Australia and immediately a surprise: the city undergroud of Coober Pedy, the place where people come from all over the world to dig in the desert to find the opal rock. A drop of fossil water that collects inside crystallized minerals that refract the sunlight into a thousand colors. After visiting Coober Pedy, you leave the Stuart Highway to enter in the desert and reach the salt lake of Gairdner along the Kingoonya Iron Knob Road. The lake Gairdner is a spectacular land of salt that suddenly appears between the red sand of the desert. The journey ends in Adelaide. A city in balance between ancient and modern, which collects, in his great Museum of Trains, the history of rail transport in Australia.
Useful links for more informations:
South Australian Tourism Commission: www.southaustralia.com
Coober Pedy: www.cooberpedy.sa.gov.au
Railway Museum: www.natrailmuseum.org.au
Rent motorhome and 4x4: www.britz.com
Reach Australia:
Cathay Pacific, www.cathaypacific.com
Emirates: www.emirates.com
Quantas: www.quantas.com.au
Singapore Airline, www.singaporeair.com
Thai Airways: www.thaiairways.com