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Published April 23rd 2013
Relive history walking the longest fence in the world
The famous dog fence is the longest fence in the world. It is actually longer than the great Wall of China, stretching across Australia 5300 km.
Stretching for miles!
Following the dog fence will take you from Surfers Paradise on the east coast of Queensland, right to the Great Australian Bight and down into Central Australia and towards Adelaide.
Originally it was built to prevent the dingoes in the north around the cattle country travelling towards the sheep country in the south.
Signage of the History and Story (including bullet holes) - You're in the outback here!
Significant indigenous area.
Our tour guide told us that at certain times along the fence, dingoes will break through. He explained that this usually happens more towards Central Australia, where camels break down parts of the fence. In the areas that this takes place he has advised us that the effect on the sheep is disastrous and reminds all of the people how important the dog fence is.
It is quite a surreal experience to visit the dog fence and see how important these features can be to the local communities.
You can imagine walking this for thousands of miles.
The dog proof fence also goes through parts of moon plain. Here along the fence is filled with fossilised shells, grey soft clay and cracks that seem to go right into the centre of the earth.
If you have interested in the Moon Plains please search weekendnotes.com for an article of this title or search through my articles by clicking on my profile above.
The dog proof fence is located approximately 10km north-west of Coober Pedy, South Australia.
You can visit by self drive from the township or join a tour that goes around these areas.