Once you see Gepps Cross you know you’ve said goodbye to Adelaide’s boulevards, parklands and civic squares. The country from here to Port Wakefield is flat and unremarkable, but the rhythm is soon broken by the sight of Port Pirie’s dramatic smokestacks. First stop is Port Augusta, an atmospheric old seaport at the tip of Spencer Gulf. Once a thriving railway hub the city now serves the isolated communities to the north – the Flinders Ranges are visible in the distance.
Visit the Wadlata Outback Centre to learn more about this ancient landscape, the dinosaurs that once roamed here and its Dreamtime stories. Continue your education at the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden, which is also a great place for lunch – try some kangaroo pepperoni, quandong chutney or native spice flavoured dukkah.