Painted Desert (South Australia)

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For other uses, see Painted Desert (disambiguation).
Mount Arckaringa in the Painted Desert

Created over 80 million years, the Painted Desert in South Australia, distinct from Painted Desert in Arizona, is just as spectacular with its multi-hued terrain. The effects of erosion on the residue from an ancient inland sea and the leaching of minerals in the soil, together lend the myriad colours one sees today. Located towards the north-east of Coober Pedy, Painted Desert is just a few miles away from Arckaringa Station and is notable also for its distinctive mesas, mountains and geological formations. Not far from here on the way to Oodnadatta you would also see large areas of ground covered with mica. The entire region is desolate and made up of soft, fragile "rock".


  • David Olsen (10 October 2005). "Painted Desert". ExplorOz. Retrieved 22 April 2006. 

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Coordinates: 27°54′21″S 134°50′11″E / 27.905921°S 134.836417°E / -27.905921; 134.836417