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Oceania » Australia » South Australia July 15th 2019

We had three great days in Canberra with Melissa, James and the boys. On the Monday Fletcher and I spent the whole day in the house. We had been travelling for so many days that we were a little burnt out so we enjoyed chatting to Seb and Jude, listening to Zac's cello practising and playing on our computers. That night, James and Seb cooked some red curry chicken which was delicious. Then Seb proposed that he and us took on the other four in a game of Codewords. This is a lot of fun and makes you think. In the end we were victorious after several turns and more wins than losses. Good fun. On Tuesday, Seb and Zac accompanied us as we drove over the lake to Manuka to visit our favourite book shop ... read more
Kingston foreshore
Looking at the Kingston Marina
Melissa and me at the restaurant

Oceania » Australia » South Australia July 5th 2019

Odd to start a new post with a Postscript but nevertheless: As we continued on our way further west on Friday, 5th July we stopped at Minnipa for a quick break and whilst we were having a look at the information board about the area we discovered that the LP Track we were on in the Gawler Ranges Nat.Park is in fact a one-way track. In our defence, we were only going one way and there was no (apparent) signage to tell us which direction we should have been going in. I rest our case. Ceduna is the largest town in far west coast of South Australia, it being just 480km away from the Western Australia border. A lady we met on the START Foundation Ride for the RAH 4 years ago originally hails from Ceduna ... read more
70607.4 Ceduna foreshore
70707.2 Ceduna Jetty
70707.5 jetty posts

Oceania » Australia » South Australia July 4th 2019

Wudinna is the heart of granite country. There are several rocky outcrops to climb including, nearby to Wattle Grove Rock, Mt. Wudinna. Rising 261m above ground it is the 2nd largest monolith in Australia. Not as grand in scale as Uluru but impressive all the same. Its slopes are very steep – too steep for our old legs – so we settled on a climb up Polda Rock. The 360o view from the top was well worth the effort; as John declared it was definitely a W-WAL (well worth a look). Not too far from Wattle Grove is the granite quarry. It was quite visible from the road but we thought a closer inspection was warranted until the sign on the gate quite firmly told us entry was to authorised vehicles only. Bother! Problem solved though ... read more
70407.7 Mt. Wudinna
70407.10 Mt. Wudinna
70407.13 Polda Rock

Oceania » Australia » South Australia July 3rd 2019

Our journey out of the Ranges to Wudinna was certainly not as dramatic as our drive in, that much can be said. For the most part Barnes Road was in fairly good condition and we encountered a few kms of roadwork with lengthy piles of more gravel waiting to be spread. As the road edged around an unnamed salt pan lake recent rains had turned the gravel to slush, so some extra care was needed. But the best fun was 8km of CREST – it had us riding a rollercoaster as some of the crests were only 500-700m apart, others were a bit further spaced and some were quite high. Having said that the road from Kimba into the Park may not have been the best choice, retrospect would suggest that it was as the Barnes ... read more
70307.3 rusty Plymouth rock art
70307.4 cave rocks at Wattle Grove
70307.5 view from Wattle Grove Rock campsite

Oceania » Australia » South Australia July 2nd 2019

Waganny campground is one of 7 in the Park and all but one are caravan accessible although they do recommend high clearance 4WD vehicles only. Driving around today, we felt that John chose Waganny well for its ease of access along the Old Paney Scenic Route. The Gawler Ranges cover an area 25,000 sq km and the National Park encompasses just 1,633 sq km of that area. There are 5 4WD tracks that dissect the Park and only a handful of marked bush walking tracks off them for tourists to explore this majestic landscape. The tracks, in places, are no more than one vehicle wide and the condition of them varies between being peppered with gravelly pebble, strewn with large rocks or topped with mushy sand. Access to the Organ Pipes was via a lkm long ... read more
70207.2 car park at Organ Pipes
70207.5 Organ Pipes
70207.11 Pondanna Outstation

Oceania » Australia » South Australia July 1st 2019

Well, we made it! Say that because at one point I really wasn’t sure we’d made the right decision……… After handing back the key for our power padlock to the Visitor Centre this morning we took our leave of Kimba. We had intended going a little further down the Eyre Highway to Wudinna and accessing the Gawler Ranges National Park from there, but Red and a couple of his sidekicks at the Museum suggested the Buckleboo Road. “Take it easy and you’ll be fine” they said. And it was; sealed road to Buckleboo then the Stringers Highway – although gravel – was graded beautifully. We had reached the entrance to the National Park. It was then that we came to the bit of road leading us to Paney’s Homestead. We found ourselves travelling at walking pace ... read more
70107.8 heading into Nat.Park
70107.9 stone dam wall
70107.10 rock wallaby

Oceania » Australia » South Australia June 30th 2019

The Recreation Reserve here in Kimba is very well set out with a football oval, 4x combined netball, basketball & tennis courts, a lawn bowls rink and what appears to be a croquet green as well as a two large free camp areas. Saturday, the Kimba Tigers football and netball teams were playing at home and so there was a lot of activity with players and spectators alike. After a stunning sunset last night, Saturday was not the best day to be sight seeing – the winds had sprung up through the night and were quite strong by morning and with a lot of rain falling we decided we would just stay inside, venturing outside briefly to watch a bit of football and netball. The skies alternated from blue to black and the wind was fiercely ... read more
2906.1 rainbow over the football field
3006.1 view from Bascombe Rocks lookout
3006.3 Caralue Bluff in the distance

Oceania » Australia » South Australia June 28th 2019

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 ... read more
2806.3 Carappee Hill
2806.4 Caralue Bluff
2806.5 Carappee Hill from Caralue Bluff

Oceania » Australia » South Australia June 27th 2019

Dinner last night was with another volunteer plus a few other nomads who are camped at the Recreation Reserve. It was a rowdy table, lots of conversations and laughter as we all sat down to enjoy a very tasty schnitzel meal - we can appreciate why the locals were out in force! We were picked up by the courtesy bus so everyone could enjoy a wine or two with their meal and then brought back to the camp ground but not before the Pub Raffle was drawn. $2 a ticket would get you in the draw and I was the “lucky” winner of a 6-pack of beer ……. Shame it wasn’t a bottle of sav.blanc, but there you go! We did a little detour via the grain Silos on the way home and everyone jumped off ... read more
2706.1 Red - Kimba Historial Society President
2706.3 hard at it in the workshop
2706.2 working in the History room

Oceania » Australia » South Australia June 26th 2019

We learned yesterday that we wouldn’t be needed at the Museum until the afternoon because the Yr 9 students from the Kimba Area School were conducting a presentation on local history at the complex. So we turned to the tourist brochures we have and decided a drive out to Secret Rocks would be a good way to fill in our time until our 12:30 start time. Secret Rocks – also known as Refuge Rocks – are 41kms east of Kimba. They are a large granite outcrop that would have given shelter for wandering aboriginal tribes whilst also providing them with a water supply from the few rockpools at the top. Explorer Eyre and his expedition party used them as a rest camp on their trek west in 1841. The area today – about 10sq km - ... read more
2606.4 Secret Rocks rockpool
2606.8 Secret Rocks
2606.10 Secret Rocks

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