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Nov 2, 2018 - Wilpena Pound

2/11/2018. Friday. Very hot with hot winds. Wilpena Pound Wilpena Pound is an oval shaped sandstone range 15km x 7km. The red (iron-oxide) sandstone glows with the setting sun, best viewed in summer. Today was our rest day before we begin on the next part of our travels. This feels like half way, because this is where we were heading, and now we’re heading home -the long way! and visiting our grandson Robbie in Adelaide and Tony and Tam, our son and daughter-in-law, also cousin Sue and Bob, in Melbourne. Can’t wait to see them. We had...

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Nov 1, 2018 - Wilpena Pound

1/11/2018. Thursday. Hot and Cloudy Wilpena Pound I don’t think we reached the expected 37 degrees today; thankfully there was cloud cover and a light breeze. We caught the shuttle bus to the base of Wilpena Pound and walked to the Hills Homestead which was rebuilt in 1995 , and read boards about the hardships the Hills family had to face in the early 1900’s as told by their daughter. We then hiked up to Wangarra Hill lower lookout, a ‘moderate’ walk with panoramic views of Wilpena Pound. It was 7.2km/3 hours return, but we cheated and...

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Oct 31, 2018 - Wilpena Pound

31/10/2018. Wednesday. Sunny and hot Wilpena Pound A lazy day. We went to the office about 10am to find out when the old cars were due to arrive. Lots of things here seem to be hit and miss, as we were told on Monday that they’d be here at 10am, didn’t quite know today, and finally started arriving at 2pm. The Aussie Muscle Car Run is the Leukaemia Foundation’s annual leisure car cruise to help raise funds for all Australians living with blood cancers. It is open to muscle cars of the golden era of Bathurst, built between 1963 and 1977....

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Oct 30, 2018 - Wilpena Pound

30/10/2018. Tuesday. Sunny and hot Wilpena Pound It was cool at 6am but warmed up to hot as the day progressed. We left the park and drove mostly on dirt road, some of it really only suitable for 4wd, and were surrounded on all sides by the most amazing ranges, mountains, rocks and plains, crossing and driving along dry river beds, through Bunyeroo and Brachina Gorges till we turned onto bitumen for 25-30km to Parachilna and the Prarie Hotel renowned for its ‘feral feast’ consisting of emu, camel and kangaroo. We had lunch there, but...

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Oct 29, 2018 - Woolshed Flat, s of Quorn to Wilpena, Flinders Ranges

29/10/2018. Monday. Sunny, hot, blue cloudless sky Woolshed Flat south of Quorn to Wilpena, Flinders Ranges A fairly quiet night and woke to a beautiful blue sky and the sun already warming the air. We went into Quorn to the Railway Station and the Information Centre, and had a look around yet another lovely, little country town. We went into a tea shop/bakery which was originally a lodge/guesthouse/hotel, and it still had some of the original fittings and furniture and was very interesting to look at. No purchases!! We continued on to...

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May 21, 2016 - Into the Pound

The best $3 I have ever spent was the Shuttle bus trip into the Pound. From the bus terminus it was about a 1Km walk into the original homestead then a 500m walk (read climb) up to the lookout. It’s actually quite a pleasant walk and 2 hours is about right by the time you walk in, have a wander around and climb up to the lookout. It doesn’t look as dramatic from the inside looking out yet it’s hard to imagine that until 1917 it was all farmland… We packed a picnic lunch which we devoured after the hike and were joined by carolling Magpies...

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May 19, 2016 - Wilpena

It was an easy drive today to Rawnsley Station at the southern end of Wilpena Pound. The Flinders look stunning with the colours in the rocks. Very rugged and grand… There are several walks around here most of which involve climbing steep hills, we chose a level walk this arvo after the washing had been done and lunch consumed, not sure who was the most tired, me or Gracie, she got back to camp and was very lethargic but has perked up now after a rest and dinner…. We tried to tune in for TV and somehow managed to get a message displayed on...

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Jul 24, 2011 - Magical Wilpena Pound

Up a little later than usual and over to the dining room for a good brekky of cereal and toast. Back to our cabin to pack and then a walk to take some photos of the hotel and also the rusted train engines on the old sidings. Maureen only poked her head out of the cabin when we were leaving. The smell and the prospect of mice were a little confronting for her. Made our way over to the general store where we found a medium sized ladies bush hat that we have been trying to buy for Maureen since we saw them in Alice Springs at the RFDS. Only...

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Apr 28, 2011 - A slight change of plan

When we left Lake Bonney we were headed to Wilpena Pound,travelling via Morgan, Burra, a very old mining town with lots of lovely stone buildings; Peterborough, where we had a wander through their Saturday market, Orroroo and Carrieton. Along the way we saw lots of ruins of stone buildings and in Terowie some very quirky art in the paddocks. Unfortunately there were lots of wind generators on the ridges which are a real blot on the landscape. We intended leaving the van at Wilpena and then driving to Marree for my flight over Lake Eyre....

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Aug 9, 2009 - Flinders ranges Day 28

Well, the big off-road adventure begins. Despite being hopelessly "un-ready for 4x4'ing" Kenny Kia and Big Ugly Bety headded for the Gravel today into Buneroo and Brachina Gorges for bush camping. We saw some spectactular scenery (must get that jolly card-reader for Laptop, but sadly no JB HI-FI in William Creek, SA. population 16.) Managed a lenghty 55km for the day! Camped in the bush at "Teamsters campsite" (named after a bloke whose grave is there ) in Brachina Gorge, and it was the most picturesque setting. Kids made a huge fire and we...

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Aug 7, 2009 - Wilpena Pound Days 26-27

Based at the very picturesque Wilpena Pound Bush Caravan Park. The kids had a ball playing in the dirt and making "rock cities" and Riding their bikes up and down the bush trails. Elijah grabbed some superb photographs of an Emu that went strutting by with 5 chicks in tow. (can't get photos off big camera yet, need card reader. ) Finally I can report that the weather has turned sunny and fine and very pleasant 25 degrees. So pleasant in fact that we packed a hiking lunch and walked up to a look out with the kids. The Wilpena Pound is...

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Aug 6, 2009 - Flinders Ranges Day 25

Its an easy drive from Peterborough to the Flinders although with a howling head wind and bikes and hills, poor old Kenny Kia is just managing to beat 30 litre per 100k. No that's not a misprint. The country has really turned arid and "outbacky" as Elijah puts it. Red dust and brilliant sunsets. We took the luxury of a powered site in a real caravan park for a shower and to do some washing. We spent $15 on a load (read 5 bits!) of fire wood, and had a candle-lit dinner under the stars by the camp fire. It's no longer raining, but the wind...

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