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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

Oceania » Australia » South Australia June 25th 2019

Brrr – it was a frosty start to the day but the sun’s rays soon took care of the ice and dew on the car. This morning, following domestic duties, we drove a short distance to Whites Knob lookout and the Edward John Eyre Sculptures. Forged out of recycled steel the sculptures of explorer Eyre and his indigenous tracker were erected in November 2011. He was the first man to traverse the Continent from Sydney to the Swan River in Perth in 1840-41. A quick detour to check out the silo art and, of course, The Big Galah that stands at 8metres high completed our cultural nip around town. Another glorious day so couldn’t resist an afternoon walk along the Roora Reserve Nature Trail. 6kms return in length it goes from the Rec Reserve up to ... read more
2506.3 Edward John Eyre sculptures
2506.7 caves at White Knob lookout
2506.8 silo art at Kimba

Oceania » Australia » South Australia June 24th 2019

Well that wasn’t too bad, was it? A few freight trains sped past us yesterday afternoon, all with too many containers to count. I heard a long one through the night, but John said there were two. Obviously it wasn’t a big issue. As we left Crystal Brook this morning we found what we think was the brook – just a shallow green ditch and not the flowing crystal clear waterway of yesteryear that gave the town its name. It is not a great distance from Crystal Brook to Kimba – just 255kms – so we had a nice steady drive joining the Stuart Highway near Port Pirie and then up to Port Augusta at the top of Spencer Gulf. A quick refuel and we were on our way again, making sure to turn left onto ... read more
2406.5 Halfway across Australia

Oceania » Australia » South Australia June 23rd 2019

Leaving Moorook at 9:30 the Stuart Highway took us to Waikerie. The landscape was a patchwork of colour: broadacre farmland lush green from irrigation, vineyards drab brown in their winter dormancy, beige coloured stubble fields after harvesting and of course the citrus groves groaning under the weight of their juicy fruit. The one thing in common was their size as it all stretched far beyond our view. From Waikerie we took the road to Morgan where we boarded the ferry to cross the Murray River. It is such a busy ferry – there is no fee to cross so it must be cheaper to run than to build a bridge. On to Burra for lunch and from there the landscape took on the lime green hue of cropping fields – some gently undulating and others downright ... read more
2306.03 Morgan
2306.05 Burra
2306.6 Burra

Oceania » Australia » South Australia June 22nd 2019

We awoke to the sound of gunshot this morning coming from either the nearby lagoons or the Recreational Game Reserve further up the road. Not sure how the hunters fared; as John said they were “either totally crap at their sport or they were going home with a bagful!” Certainly there were lots of loud, clear shots ringing out well into the morning. There were a few smart ducks sitting pretty on the banks of the river near us, with a particularly handsome one wandering very close by to introduce himself. We have also seen lots of pelicans and cormorants suggesting that the river is healthy and alive with fish. Good to see. The major towns of the Riverland – Barmera, Renmark, Berri and Loxton – are situated relatively close to each other with a few ... read more
2206.02 Berri
2206.03 Moorook
2206.03a Moorook

Oceania » Australia » South Australia June 21st 2019

An absolutely magic morning as we drove toward the South Australian border. Anticipating an inspection of the van at the Quarantine Checkpoint we were most surprised to see it all closed up, so we just sailed on through to Pinaroo. While John refuelled I went for a little stroll across the carpark to find a beautiful parkland/wetland area – an ideal spot for our morning tea, plus we were able to top up our water tanks from the rainwater tank adjacent to the shelter. Perfect! We had read an RACV article that Sth Aus roads are in much better condition than our Victorian ones; however we had serious doubts as we left Pinaroo on the Paruna Road because we shook, rattled and lurched for quite a few kms before hitting some smooth tarmac. Needless to say ... read more
2106.02 Moorook
2106.03 Moorook

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