Category Archive: South Australia

Oct 08 2016

Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary Ridgetop Tour

The Ridgetop Tour at Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary is not for the faint hearted. The road is ‘exciting’ in places, the tour takes you through some amazing scenery in the Flinders Ranges, and you go to places that you can’t see on your own. Our guide was informative and entertaining. The weather was perfect on the day …

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Sep 02 2016

The Corner Store: where all the kangaroos hang out

I’m sitting at the Corner Store. Not the one down the street from home, the one at Cameron Corner, where three states meet: New South Wales, Queensland, and South Australia. I’m not sure which state I’m in, or should that be what state I’m in. And I drove the Strzelecki and Old Strzelecki tracks to …

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Aug 21 2016

Wildflowers in the Australian desert

I cannot believe how absolutely, stunningly, jaw-droppingly, beautiful the Australian outback, and the desert countryside is. If I could put more superlatives into that sentence I would. The desert is beautiful, and I am in awe. I don’t mean beautiful in the way that ‘deserts have their own beauty’, I just mean beautiful.

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Aug 15 2016

Flinders Ranges photos

It’s been an amazing four days at Arkaroola. I’ve done the Ridgetop tour, and looked at millions of stars in deep space at one of the observatories.  I’ve laid in my swag and looked at millions of stars visible to the naked eye – as long as you’re far enough away from city lights, and …

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Aug 14 2016

Where to collect wood for a campfire in the bush

I’ve discovered where all the firewood is in the park. Unfortunately it’s not even close to my campsite. I went for a walk to Spriggina Lookout today after I got back from the Ridgetop Tour. I’m doing the startrails tour tonight, so just wanted a short walk to get some exercise. It’s only 2km up …

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Aug 13 2016

Are you ready to go bush camping?

This is how to ease yourself into bush camping if you’re at all nervous or unsure. Dinner’s cooking on the campfire, and my swag is ready for me to hop in. I’m in beautiful bush surrounds with absolutely nobody else about. The sun is setting behind the Flinders Ranges, there is a mass of birdlife …

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Aug 12 2016

Walking through the Flinders Ranges

Buns of steel. That thought is keeping me going up the ridges and rocks on my walks in the Flinders. That and all the people over 60 (and even over 70) who keep passing me. Stopping to take photos, and to soak in the atmosphere, is my excuse for being slow. And it’s true. To …

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Aug 10 2016

Arkaroola – yellow footed rock wallabies and ice on the swag

It is so easy to get lazy. Here I am at Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary, after a drive through stunning scenery, with the sunset blazing mauve on the ranges, and kangaroos and wallabies everywhere beside the road, and I couldn’t be bothered cooking dinner. Wine and kettle chips it is tonight. People in campsites nearby have …

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Aug 09 2016

All’s well that ends well – a change of plans

My car is fixed and I’m back in the Flinders. Well, the car’s not really fixed. The fan belt is still slipping, and the engine’s still missing. But I’ve worked out how to minimise the missing thing, and I can tighten the fan belt every day, so I’m going to live with it. Don’t anybody …

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Aug 03 2016

Dealing with car trouble in the outback

I’m in Gawler for a couple of days. I thought it would be churlish not to call in to see my parents when I was just up the road, even if that road is 437k long. Also, I had car trouble. Yes, despite the care, attention, and time Doc lavished on my car over months …

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