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ROCK OF AGES: At just 70 million years old, the Grand Canyon, left, is a tiddler epoch-wise compared with our own Wilpena Pound, right.

ROCK OF AGES: At just 70 million years old, the Grand Canyon, left, is a tiddler epoch-wise compared with our own Wilpena Pound, right.


Move over, world, SA is right up there when it comes to magnificent sights and experiences.


It's impossible to roam overseas right now, but with SA as your backyard, why not go abroad at home? The state's holiday destinations stand tall against some of the world's best-known sights. Here are a few of them:

Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia/Lake Gairdner, Eyre Peninsula: The otherworldly terrain of Bolivia's salt flats draws crowds of tourists each year. But the ethereal expanse of Lake Gairdner is an equally impressive and surreal inland salt lake. With its seemingly never-ending plains of glistening crystal-like earth, this shimmering, dreamy landscape must be seen to be believed.

Lake District, England/Adelaide Hills: Picture-perfect hamlets, lush green landscapes, rolling farmland, cosy cottages and restaurants dishing up produce sourced from just down the road. Why fly to the Lake District when you have this? And with more than 60 wineries pouring cool-climate varieties, roadside fruit stalls and abundant wildlife, it's hardly a contest.

Koufonisia, Greece/Fleurieu Peninsula coastline: Jaw-dropping cliffs towering above pristine sandy white shores, sparkling turquoise water spilling out to the ocean. Secluded coves, seaside caves, restaurants perched above the beach and just down the road, rolling vineyards. Visit the Fleurieu Peninsula for your Greek idyll.

Arizona, USA/Flinders Ranges: While SA can't claim the Grand Canyon, the ramparts and towering clifftops of 800 million-year-old Wilpena Pound give its much younger sibling a great run. Discover deep craters and gorges and navigate dusty, red roads.

Bordeaux, France/Barossa: The Barossa Valley is among the world's best wine regions. Explore more than 80 cellar doors, including the home of the world's official best wine. Pair your choice with handmade cheese or stock up on local breads, pastries and produce. Check in to your own chateau nestled among vineyards, then soar over vines in a hot-air balloon.

Great Basin Desert, Utah, USA/Arkaroola, Flinders Ranges and outback: The ancient landscape of Arkaroola could almost be a twin for its American rival. Its craggy peaks and spinifex-covered hillsides give way to astonishing views across to Lake Frome and the desert beyond. And with next to no night pollution, it is one of the best places to stargaze in SA.

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