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Pink Lakes, Starry Nights & Sunsets: These 5 Hidden Natural Wonders in South Australia Will Take M’sians’ Breath Away!

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One of the best things about exploring hidden gems of a location is how you can often find breathtaking views of untouched nature and experience a one-of-a-kind adventure. Such is the case with these hidden natural wonders tucked away in South Australia. From vibrant pink lakes to a night sky filled with stars, read on to see five stunning natural wonders located in and around the city of Adelaide:

 

1. Visit the mesmerizing ‘pink lake’

 

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Lake Bumbunga is a salt lake located in Lochiel. The bubblegum-coloured shores are known to attract tourists and photographers from all over the world. The lake achieves its vibrant pink colour due to a pink bacteria (known as halobacteria) that thrives in high-salinity environments.

What you should know:

  • The lake changes colour throughout the year ranging from pink, white or blue, depending on the salinity of the water. If you’re looking to see pink coloured waters, your best bet is to visit in the summer when salt levels are high.
  • The lake has been a source of salt mining almost continuously since 1881. Even now, you can still find traces of salt mining along the shores.
  • This lake is only an hour and 40 minutes away from Adelaide by car.

 

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2. Stargaze under a starry night sky

 

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River Murray Dark Sky Reserve was built with an aim to provide a place where people can revel in the starry night sky that might not be found in most brightly-lit cities. It has become a popular spot for many to camp and enjoy nature’s source of light due to its low rainfall, clear dark sky and almost no pollution insight.

What you should know:

  • This is the only Dark Sky Reserve in Australia and it is one of only 15 worldwide.
  • The darkness of the sky is measured from a scale of 0 to 22 (complete darkness). The sky along the River Murray reserve was measured to be at 21.97, which makes it the perfect spot to observe the twinkling stars.
  • There is a River Murray Dark Sky Reserve tour available which you can join to learn more about the universe from an expert.
  • It can be reached via a 90-minute drive from Adelaide.

Just watch this video for a snippet on what awaits you!

 

3. Enjoy a breathtaking sunset

 

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Nothing beats the feeling of watching the sunset as it marks the end of another beautiful day. If you’re in Adelaide, the best place to experience this is in Port Noarlunga, located in Fleurieu Peninsula. It is known for its vast beach, crystal-clear waters and an endless horizon serving as a beautiful pastel-coloured backdrop for the sunset.

What you should know:

  • It is said to have the most beautiful sunset scenery in South Australia with its red sandstone beach cliffs and its long jetty and reefs.
  • It is one of the most iconic diving spots in the state and is also favoured for other leisure activities such as swimming, fishing, snorkelling and kayaking.
  • Located just 30km south of Adelaide, this spot is easily accessible by car.

 

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4. Explore the exciting national park

 

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If you’re exploring the city of Adelaide, don’t miss out on making a quick detour to the Morialta Conservation Park known for its untouched woodlands and tranquil waterfalls. Though it is located near the city centre, stepping into this park will make you feel like you’re worlds away from the bustling city as you become one with what nature has to offer.

What you should know:

  • The park is home to countless walking trails, which is why it has become a favourite spot among hikers. A popular trail is the Morialta Falls Plateau Hike, a 4km trail that will take you to the 30-metre high First Falls waterfall that flows in autumn and winter.
  • The park is also home to Adelaide’s biggest nature-based playground, and it is also a favoured spot for picnics, yoga and meditations.
  • It is only a speedy 10-minute drive away from Adelaide’s City Centre so you can make a quick escape into wondrous nature anytime.

 

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5. Escape to a beach paradise

 

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One of the most mesmerizing views in South Australia definitely belongs to the beach havens that offer you a picture-perfect oasis where all your troubles melt away. Port Willunga Beach, a beach located in Fleurieu Peninsula, is not only conveniently accessible but it boasts a stunning view that makes it the perfect calming escape from the city.

What you should know:

  • This is one of the most photographed beaches of South Australia, especially due to the stunning remnants of Port Willunga Jetty.
  • The beach is known for its golden cliff faces and soft white sands, making it ideal for those long walks by the beach.
  • It is also a favourite among divers due to the remains of a ship named Star of Greece (shipwrecked in 1888) that can be seen on the ocean floor. In fact, during low tides, parts of the wreck can even be visible from the shore.
  • This beach haven is located only 35km from Adelaide and is accessible by car.

 

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Don’t these places look surreal?

You’ll truly be surprised to see what gems are just lying around waiting to be discovered once you stray away from the popular ‘touristy’ places. And there’s no better way to explore these hidden treasures than jumping into a car and setting off on an adventurous road trip! Sounds tempting? Then we’ve got just the news for you, mate!

Now, you can plan your very own adventure by going on this Melbourne to Adelaide road trip where you’ll get to explore South Australia’s most picture perfect regions including the Limestone Coast, Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu Peninsula and Adelaide City!

Just head on to the South Australian Tourism Commission’s website where you’ll find all the information you need to start planning this memorable once-in-a-lifetime trip! Here’s a little preview on the exciting escapade that’s waiting for you:

 

Just imagine visiting all the special localities and pristine sites that you’d never be able to see if you were to travel by air. Plus, going on a road trip also means that it is a lot more affordable and you’ll be the sole captain of your own adventure. So what are you waiting for, guys? Start planning your dream vacation and get ready for one heck of a memorable ride!

For more info to start planning this road trip, head on to South Australian Tourism Commission’s website, or follow them on Facebook and Instagram for all the latest updates.

 

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