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Published April 28th 2013
Have you always wanted to walk on the moon or be in a movie?
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.
Walking on the 'puffy' soft expanses of land that even feels a little like walking on the moon. Image Copyright Lesley Mitchell.
Approximately 15km north-east of Coober Pedy, you will find the Moon Plains.
Large expanses of strange land.
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.
Lovely pieces of gypsum crystals.
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 Moon Plains via a self guided tour from Coober Pedy or join one of the many tours that leave from Coober Pedy.
Have you been here or do you have some thoughts to share? We would love to hear your musings - please add them in the comments section on this review to share with us.