Kanku-Breakaways Conservation Park commonly known as just "The Breakaways" is located approximately 33 kms north of the opal mining town of Coober Pedy. The entire park is an Aboriginal heritage site. It covers almost 15,000 hectares featuring spectacular sceneries consisting of colourful low hills or mesas which have been broken away from the Stuart Range. Thus it got its name "The Breakaways". A hidden gem in the remote outback of South Australia, you will be rewarded with a spectacular view of the landscape from the main lookout. The lookout site is accessible via a dirt road from the sealed Stuart Highway. The best times to visit is early in the morning or evening to see the changes in colour on the limestone hills.
The park is also home to much native flora and wildlife like the red kangaroo, echidnas, and many bird species.
The park is open daily except on days of catastrophic fire danger or extreme fire danger. There is a vehicle entry fee and park permits can be purchased from the Coober Pedy Visitor Information Centre, Hutchinson Street, Coober Pedy. Unlike other national parks, this conservation park is not included in the park pass system.
As we did not have a 4WD vehicle, we took a tour with a local tour operator from Coober Pedy. The tour took us via the Dog Fence Scenic Drive. The Dingo Fence or Dog Fence was built in Australia during the 1880s to protect sheep from dingos. It is one of the longest structures in the world and is 5,614 kilometres in length stretching from Queensland to South Australia.
The Breakaways, though remote and seemingly some distance away is worth visiting plus we had the opportunity to visit Australia's famous and unique opal mining town of Coober Pedy, where half of the residents live underground.