Located in one of Australia’s harshest environments, the Breakaways Conservation Park in South Australia is the perfect backdrop for alien and post-apocalyptic landscapes popular with Hollywood movie makers.
It is the stark otherworldly beauty of this desolate landscape that landed it the role of the empty desert ‘Planet number two of the M-344/G system’ in Vin Diesel’s ‘Pitch Black’ – the first film in the Chronicles of Riddick series.
While devoid of predatory monsters that decimated the characters of Pitch Black, the area has its fair share of challenging conditions, such as ground temperatures of up to 65 degrees Celsius in summer.
It is thought that the landscape of the Breakaways Conservation Park formed through the evaporation of an ancient inland sea, triggered by the continental shift that warmed the climate. The formations of the Plateau would have been a chain of islands rising out of the ancient sea.
Riddick’s spaceship – “Hunter-Gratzner” that brought the Pitch Black characters to the evil planet is parked at the front of an opal store in the nearby opal mining town of Coober Pedy.
This Outback town is one of the most curious places in Australia, famous for its underground lifestyle. There are underground motels, underground churches, underground shops and even an underground caravan park in Coober Pedy.
The Breakaways can be visited on a day trip from the nearby opal mining town of Coober Pedy. It is an easy drive to and around the park.
For more extraterrestrial-like environments in Australasia, check out Rotorua – a small town on New Zealand’s North Island that sits inside a volcano crater, surrounded by steaming acidic hot springs, boiling mud pools and spitting geysers.