The Painted Desert

by Terry Everson
(Whalan, NSW)

Painted Desert

Painted Desert

This unique landscape lies in the north of South Australia between Oodnadatta and Cadney. It is fast becoming a mecca for photographers, artists and those who have a love of the natural environment.
The colours are a result of gypsum and other minerals leeching into the soil. The geographical name of the area is the Arkaringa Hills.

Roads in the area are gravel and as with all outback roads they can be good or bad depending on when the road was last graded so , as always drive to the conditions. The hills are best photographed at sunrise or sunset.

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Aug 07, 2011
Incredibly beautiful photograph
by: Jan

Thank you Terry for such a beautiful photograph of the Painted Desert (Arckaringa Hills). Gee, having been there early last month I can now put myself where I think you probably took this shot, from the east beyond the lookout ... quite amazing. Really love it ... thanks so much. Can't wait to revisit some day. Cheers Jan

Nov 26, 2009
reply to Kim
by: Terry Everson

Thanks Kim for looking in on my other photos. You are right the Pilbara has some amazing colours and is indeed one of my favourite places. I am glad you came across Joe`s photos on redbubble he is a good photographer and has some great images. Kind regards from Terry.

Nov 26, 2009
I agree
by: Kim

I can see how beautiful it is there. I found your site because lisa did a review on it.

I've already followed the link Terry gave me. I saw some other photos that were phenomenal as well.
The pilbara, by Terry, love those colors, very rich.

Also another guy on redbubble Lorne Pier by Joe Mortelli. Oh my gosh! I love that one, brings back a memory of a great time I had on a pier in Michigan. The colors are magnificent.

You guys are gonna make me get out my Credit card. LOL!

Nov 26, 2009
You'll love Australia
by: Rita

Hi Kim,

I am glad you like my outback guide. If you ever get the chance, go to Australia, it is a wonderful country. Truly inspiring for photographers and storytelling.

Terry has submitted a few of his amazing photos and stories, his page on the Outback Guide.


Nov 26, 2009
RE comment by Kim
by: Terry Everson

Thank you Kim for your enthusiastic comment on my photo. You can see more of my images of Australia at redbubble and also at Thank you once again. Regards from Terry.

Nov 25, 2009
by: Kim

I'm in Mesquite Texas. I know, far away. I was perusing this site, I love it and have never been down under. I had to comment because this picture is beyond beautiful. My goodness!

Have a Happy Healthy Day Everyone!

Jul 25, 2009
Happy Memories
by: Col K

Great shot great sky. Brings back very happy memories

Jul 24, 2009
Landscape alive
by: Jacqui

Only you can make a photo look like you are actually there Terry.

Jul 23, 2009
Thank you
by: Terry Everson

Thank you Rita for your kind comments and for accepting my contribution.

Jul 22, 2009
Beautiful photo
by: Rita

Hi Terry,

Thank you so much for sending this lovely photo and your report.

Indeed, the painted desert is such a stunning landscape. I guess photographers can get addicted to the area.


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