Blogs from Arkaroola, South Australia, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Arkaroola September 21st 2020

A windy night gave way to an overcast Friday morning as I prepared to leave Marree. A few drops of rain falling on the dusty ground hinted at what was to come. After leaving the Marree Hotel, I had to get some fuel and buy some bread. While there, an optimistic fellow asked me about conditions up the Oodnadatta Track. I told him it was fine when I came down two days ago, but with the rain closing in, I didn’t like his chances. I drove south on the bitumen for a bit over 100km – the longest stretch of sealed road I had driven on for a few days. As I headed south, the flat landscape gave way to rising hills, and I knew I was approaching the Gammon Ranges – the northern part of ... read more
Cockatoos at Arkaroola Springs
Echo Camp Backtrack
Gill's Lookout

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Arkaroola November 25th 2016

Wednesday 23 to Friday 25 November 2016 We were away by 9.30am leaving Leigh Creek and heading for Arkaroola. We called onto Copley to ask what the road, and more particularly, the river crossings were like after the rain the previous day. We were told the school bus had got through so that was good enough for us. The road was good, as long as we drove to the conditions and slowing down at creek crossings. It took us 1 1/2 hours to travel 130kms including our stop at Copley. We were in no hurry. The car and van travels so well on any road we have subjected it to so far. Arriving at Arkaroola Village after travelling through several Aboriginal areas which had commercial outlets for tourists, we booked into the caravan park. There was ... read more
155 Bollabollana Copper Smelter est. 1870 (4)
155a Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby (2)
155 Arkariila (1)

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Arkaroola July 8th 2013

Monday 8 July As promised I never wrote a thing yesterday and today was going to come pretty close, but I do need to get one or two things down. We had a great day yesterday, getting reorganised, lounging around in the sunshine and having an afternoon nana, well Andy did that, I spent the afternoon downloading photos and reorganising files, please don't send messages of hate when we say it was about 25 degree's. It was a great day and Andy got the donkey working so that we could have a nice hot shower and with the camp fire on the go we had beef stew for our dinner, oh yes the only real problem of the day were the flies, there were hundreds of the dam things around and they would not leave us ... read more
Ochre Cliffs
Relaxing at Arkaroola
Sturt Desert Peas

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Arkaroola June 27th 2013

Thursday 27 June 2013 There's Nowhere Cooler than Arkaroola Waking up in a new place is always a great experience, partly because the view from the window in Gypsy changes and partly because there are new things to go out and explore. I played my cards well last night by leaving the washing on the line, it turned out to be a warm night and when I checked the washing just after breakfast it was almost dry, though I left it anyway as the sun was up, no clouds in the sky I knew it would benefit from staying on the line for the rest of the day. Once we were ready for the day ahead, flask of hot water and some lunch packed, we headed up to reception to pay our dues for another night ... read more
Emu's on the run
On of Jack at Arkaroola

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Arkaroola June 26th 2013

Awaking from blissful slumber, I felt pretty lousy, my throat was sore and I felt generally rubbish. Luckily for me, Andy did the decent thing and got out of bed to put the kettle on, except that it wasn’t the kettle he boiled up some milk and made us both a hot chocolate. That was enough to coax me out of bed, but that’s as far as I got for a while. Andy was on a roll, he also made some pancakes with golden syrup for our breakfast, it felt like a lavish outback breakfast but one that went down well with the onset of a cold. As I was not up to much I sat just on the edge of the awning and slightly out of the sun and read a magazine, I also did ... read more
So real
At mount chambers
Gypsy and Jack

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Arkaroola June 2nd 2013

We cannot leave this morning as the roads are still closed. Bob unhitched his car this afternoon and we went for a lovely drive down to a Gorge and Waterhole in search of the Yellow footed rock wallaby. We were lucky enough to see a few of them. The sun came out this afternoon and the skies cleared. There is an observatory at Arkaroola. After dinner we went to the observatory to view the stars. We saw new stars forming, the planet Saturn and many other interesting formations. I haven't been to an observatory before and I really enjoyed the experience.... read more
017 Four wheel driving

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Arkaroola June 1st 2013

Well it poured down during the night and they have closed the roads!! It rained until about 10am today and then it settled down a bit. We went for a walk around the caravan park and up to the reception area and chatted to other campers who were trying to get a road report. (Apparently, if you are told the roads are closed and then you drive on them you risk a fine of $50,000- apart from the fact that you would be stupid to take the risk). Some of the other campers were not very happy about being stuck at Arkaroola. We went back to the campsite to have lunch. It is still drizzling but the breeze has come up and the sun is trying to shine through. After lunch we went for a walk ... read more
004 A walk in the rain
007 The Main Office
IMG_0639 A wet campsite

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Arkaroola May 31st 2013

Today we farwelled Rawnsley Station and the Southern Flinders Ranges to head North towards Leigh Creek. It is a little overcast today, and they are expecting rain today and tomorrow and then sunshine again. Our first stop was Hucks Lookout where we were lucky enough to see eagles soaring. We continued on toward Blinman which is the highest town (elevation) in South Australia. We continued on into the Gammon Ranges National Park. We stopped along the way so as Steve could take a photo of an eagle which was perched in a tree along the roadside. At Blinman we turned west toward Parachilna. This road was a dirt road, but it was in very good condition and we were told that we would have no trouble pulling the van through. We drove across some lovely dry ... read more
Day 14 View from Hucks Lookout
Great Wall of China 018

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Arkaroola October 19th 2012

Leigh Creek/ Arkaroola We stopped in and saw our old mate Pete again. He hurt his toe so mum and dad had to fix it. He has a big tummy so he couldn’t bend down to see his toes. The next morning we went to Arkaroola, which is 127km of dirt road. I was already worried because we had to send 4 hours in our car then 4 hours in the tour 4wd. That equals 8 hours in a car but….. it was unreal. We all loved it. It was really scary going up the side of the mountains. We all sat in the back of a troupe. WE had to hang on tight. WE were getting thrown around. It is full of minerals and tour guide me quarts, mica and some iron to take home. ... read more
Our Troopies
Gammon Ranges
View from the top

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Arkaroola October 19th 2009

It is not uncommon to hear people in Adelaide claim that they live in the driest city, in the driest state, in the driest continent on Earth. There have been drought conditions in this part of the world for the last several years. Often, when I walk the streets of my new hometown I reflect on this fact. As I look around me and see all the beautiful gardens and flowering trees, I find it hard to believe that there is a lack of water. Not only is there a lushness around me, but my skin feels hydrated, and I lack the constant thirst I have when I am in more arid country. Throughout the winter we seemed to have plenty of days of rain. Far more than I ever saw when living in Southern Spain, ... read more
Dry Waterhole
View Acacia Ridge
Mt. Warren-Hastings

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