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Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Flinders Ranges September 30th 2020

On Friday night I set my alarm for 6am to make sure I wasn’t late for my 7am booking. Awake in the morning and ready with plenty of time to spare, I headed out to the airstrip for my scenic flight. There was a minimum of 2 people on the flights, so I had booked onto a flight that already had someone booked in. However, when I got there the other person (or people) never showed, so I was left with the option of missing out or paying for 2 seats. I opted for the latter – expensive, yes, but I hoped it would be worth it. The pilot Hugh was a pleasant chap and he said it was a perfect morning for a flight. A couple of clouds over Wilpena Pound, but no wind. And ... read more
Wilpena Pound from the air
Descending from Pat's Peak
Rawnsley Bluff, Wilpena Pound

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Flinders Ranges September 14th 2016

This blog is going to feature 2 topics , MUD and MOSQUITOS. We left Alice Springs after refilling our ice chest with new ice. We also wanted to call in at the Britz camper van depot as we are thinking about renting one in New Zealand and need to see what they are like. The camper vans were surprisingly good and had enough head height for Brian which was important. So we hammered down the highway for a hew hours then pulled off to find a spot to bush camp for the night. We found a reasonable spot and set up camp while ambushed by flies. As the sun went down the flies pushed off and the late shift of mozzies arrived. They were so bad we had to eat dinner in the car and I ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Flinders Ranges August 30th 2016

Tuesday 9th August 2016 This morning we awoke to gray skies and the threat of a shower but we were not to be deterred from our morning plan which was to walk the easy Hills Homestead walk which took us for an easy stroll from the camp along the creek to the Hill’s Homestead. This building was restored in 1995 and with the interpretive signage tells the story of the first pioneer family to live there from the point of view of Jessie Hill the daughter of this family. From there we walked up to the Wangara lookouts from where you can actually see the “pound”, a huge valley surrounded by the ranges with the only exit along the river to the opening where we are camping. The 8kms walk and climb gave us all a ... read more
Spread out on our walk.
Outside the Prairie Hotel in Parachilna.
Historic homestead.

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Flinders Ranges April 18th 2015

Firstly, thanks everyone for your very kind comments and emails, it's very much appreciated. The blogs are a little longwinded to start with but as time goes on and there are more things to do the posts will become smaller….. Our last episode ended in the Flinders Ranges at the Prairie Pub in Parachilna if I remember correctly. (I had to finish there - time and internet constraints were a problem.) From there we continued our drive through Parachilna Gorge to Blinman - a very pretty little place where the coffee in the pub is really, really bad but served with such good cheer you still enjoyed it - sort of! Home from there to Rawnsley Park and packing for an early departure the next day. Friday 10th April we left Rawnsley Park for the big ... read more
Have you ever seen anything so lovely?
We really were out there.
Yep, there sure were some rocky roads - not the chocolate variety!

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Flinders Ranges April 14th 2015

Well here we are on the road again! Welcome to our Travel Blog - it’s here for you to read if you so desire and we love to receive feedback and comments. This trip is for about 3-4 months, and we are travelling with two other couples, the Whitfields and the Baileys. We all have caravans capable of doing some rough roads and free camping i.e. we have solar panel/battery systems enabling us to stay off the grid for periods of time, shower/toilet facilities and reasonable fridges, our only limitation is water really. Our proposed route is the Flinders Ranges in Sth Australia, then on to Streaky Bay and across the Nullarbor. Then heading down to Cape Le Grand National Park and on to Albany for Anzac Day on April 25. We then plan to head ... read more
Emmdale Roadhouse
Rest stop water tank.
Fixing the water pump.

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Flinders Ranges August 25th 2014

Today poor Greg awoke with a head cold. Not to let this derail our travel plans he armed himself with a box of tissues and dosed himself on cold and flu medication and set about preparing to travel north again. Our first challenge for the day was a nonstop 5km steady climb over the range. One of those times you can hear the engine guzzling the fuel. Taking a brief detour to see ‘The Great Wall of China’ we used the opportunity for a coffee break. This rocky outcrop sitting atop the range really did look like its namesake … only in miniature. Hoping for some fresh milk we stopped at the General Store in Blinman to be told they only stock ‘life-long’ milk. We already had some of that in the van, although it probably ... read more
We stop for coffee at the so called “great wall of china”
The western end of the Glass Gorge road was tight and windy
Glass Gorge

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Flinders Ranges August 21st 2014

Breakfast done it was over to the camp kitchen to catch up on connectivity dependent activities … up loading our blog, down loading share market information, attending to emails and messages and finding out the latest world news. This seemed a popular activity at this time of day with at least a dozen others doing similar things. Next we headed out on the Kangaroo Gap and Pine Cave trail, some 6.5km. On our estimation we would be back for lunch at 2:00pm. A ‘spot on’ calculation as it turned out. Again we covered some awesome territory, much of it very different from the walk of the previous day. The first part of the trail seesawed between almost flat and long steady inclines taking us through pine tree thickets and flowering acacias. Of course no matter where ... read more
This walk went through lots of native pines
A natural strainer post – beats digging a hole
Early wildflowers in the sun

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Flinders Ranges August 20th 2014

We had a relaxed start to the morning after a three doona night. Definitely cold, so cold even your eyeballs felt chilly through the closed eyelids. Hence there was no time to waste as we emerged from the short but lovely hot shower. Being Wednesday Greg knocked up a hearty bacon and egg breakfast. Yum! By this time we couldn’t believe it was already 10am Armed with our hiking gear we headed off from the caravan park to do the Clem Corner Trail. The sky was clear and the sun shone brightly, something we haven’t seen in a while. 2 1/2 hours later we arrived back at the van for lunch. The views along the trail had been stunning. No matter where you looked it was just beautiful. Even though the trails are very well marked ... read more
A functioning kitchen for bacon and eggs
Start of trail at edge of caravan park
Clem’s Corner trail

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Flinders Ranges August 19th 2014

With a kitchen renovation underway at home and nothing much happening for 2 weeks while the bench tops are cut to size; we decided to head out in the caravan where at least we have a functioning kitchen. Knowing the Flinders Rangers is spectacular at this time of year and the days likely to be sunnier and warmer than at home, it wasn’t a hard decision to make. The van well stocked, we headed out of a chilly, gloomy Barossa early on Tuesday morning. We had the obligatory stop in Freeling to adjust the mirrors. Then on through fluorescent canola crops just beginning to flower, the richer gold acacias and the intense green of young grain crops full of harvest promise. Our first stops, fuel and Knappsteins in Clare to stock the cellar. Just a balmy ... read more
With our kitchen out of action due to renovations this was a good this to go away
Preparing the caravan.
Selecting supplies at Knappsteins in Clare.

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Flinders Ranges April 13th 2014

From the comfort of my local cafe, I had stumbled across a camel trekking adventure in the Flinders Ranges while reading the Sunday travel section. My interest was immediately piqued, I rounded up some other intrepid adventurers, and before you knew it, the trip was booked. Months then passed.....then, finally it was April and I was Adelaide-bound, and quite apprehensive about the prospect of spending spending three days on a camel. What had I been thinking? I certainly wasn't having second thoughts about my travel companions, I was really looking forward to our girls' own adventure! Lucy and Stella had come over from NZ, and Lisa, a friend from Sydney, came too. Our first happy discovery was that to get to the Flinders Ranges it is necessary to drive through the Clare Valley. Well in truth ... read more
Lunch in the Clare Valley at Mr Mick's
The camel crew! Lucy, me, Stella and Lisa
Walking, not riding




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