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Upon entering the Moon Plain, you may be mistaken for thinking that you have somehow left this earth and entered some strange parallel existence with a bizarre lunar like landscape.
Approximately 15km north-east of Coober Pedy, you will find the Moon Plains.
They are a vast expanse of rocky plains that are quite unusual to anywhere else. The lunar like landscape is so unusual it has been used as the background and set for many movies including Mad Max: Beyond the Thunderdome, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Pitch Black and The Red Planet.
One of the interesting things about this landscape is that it is littered with beautiful pieces of clear gypsum crystals and gemstones. These are scattered throughout hundreds of pieces of petrified wood, where it is difficult to imagine a vast forest must once have stood.
Our guide advised us that it was aboriginal land and it was requested that you 'take nothing but photographs and leave nothing but footprints' hence respecting the wishes of the indigenous community we left with just the photos and the information in this review, although it was tempting (especially as a qualified gemmologist) to leave all these treasures right where we found them.
If you have children with you, they will delight on walking on the soft soil, which seems to sink right beneath your feet.
You can visit via a self guided tour from Coober Pedy or join one of the many tours that leave from Coober Pedy.
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