The Kimba museum is run by volunteers and is open just 3 days a week 9:30-2:30, so when it is knock off time you knock off. Unfortunately yesterday I was not quite finished typing the project I was given as part of the volunteer program so I popped back quickly this morning to complete it – only took 1/2hr but I didn’t want to leave it unfinished.
“Red” had been talking to John about things to see in the district and suggested a couple of drives that we might like to do. The first was a drive out to the small township of Darke Peak, named for an English surveyor, John Charles Darke. He assisted in the surveying of Melbourne in 1836 and moved to South Australia in 1838. In 1844 he was part of an expedition working in the Kimba region where unfortunately he was speared by local aborigines, dying of his wounds just one day later. The surrounding crop land is dominated by Carappee Hill (meaning “Place of Water”) which rises to a height of 495m above sea level and is the highest point on the Eyre Peninsula.
Returning along Balumbah-Kinnard Road we took to the gravel to head up to the top of Caralue Bluff. Not normally on the tourist map, it is an area known pretty much only to the locals so we were grateful to Red for the tip. The views from the top were stunning to say the least; hindered somewhat by scrubby bush we could still get a few good photos from our 482m vantage point.