The Flynn Australian Adventure 2012 travel blog







We left Mount Magnet under sunny skies, albeit windy. The trip east was very uneventful for the first hour or so - plenty of goats and the odd goanna and emu crossing the road. Majestic and huge eagles were observed on a number of occasions. Closer to Sandstone, our first stop there were some sections of beautiful wildflowers and flora. Bright yellow, purple, pink, white and orange flowers everywhere. As well there were some beautiful bronze foliage shrubs that were magnificent. It was a stiff headwind and made the going a bit tough. We decided to stop off at Sandstone for a break and as we were travelling down the main road to the information centre we were hailed down by an eccentric lady, Lady Di, who had a sausage sizzle for raising money for RFDS and free tea/coffee in the park next to the information centre. We stopped at what was a very nice park - playground, water park for the boys and lovely seating and shade structures for adults. We decided to have a sausage sizzle - scrumptious courtesy of a secret bush tucker gravy. Sandstone is well worth a look, it has a very good historical park which outlines the mining and wool history of the small town as well as some historic buildings - telegraph and hotel are notable. It is also the home to the famous London Bridge rock outcrop as well. Back on the road we travelled towards Leinster - the country got progressively more rocky with small ranges. We passed by many small mine sites - vanadium, gold, nickel. We drove into Leinster which is a mining town for the local nickel mine. There was no real palace to have lunch or a break so we continued to drive onto Leonora. another 130kms away. More mines and man-made hills (from old mines) but at least we had more of a tail wind when it did blow. A total of about 450 kms again today after a similar distance yesterday. Arrived in Leonora and had a look around before going to the caravan park to watch the NRL final. The boys found some kids to play with and had a great afternoon.

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