Friday, 8 October 2010

The Flinders Ranges

Quorn was a further 800km drive from Coober Pedy, taking about 8 hours. We stopped at a salt lake on the way, untouced by man as it is so remote. The salt is 3 times as salty as regualr salt. We stopped in Glendambo for a bbq lunch, population = 30. It used to be an army base, hence all the houses are very square. We reached Quorn late afternoon, it seemed strange being in a place with people and traffic again as we were no longer in the outback. The following day we visited Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Ranges National park which is a natural amphitheatre in a huge stone crater. We hiked up to the top which took about an hour and involved a lot of rock scrambling. The climb was worth it though as we had a fantastic 360 degree view of Wilpena Pound. We had a bbq lunch in the park, which is a great thing about Australia, bbqs are everywhere. Afterwards we visited the Yourambulla caves where there are Aboriginal paintings, which is the main way Aborgines communicated their culture, laws and teachings to the young. Thier language was a spoken language only until the 'white fella' came along and wanted to write it down. Last stop was Warren gorge where we tried to spot Rockwallabies, no luck though! The following day we got up at 5am to catch the sunrise at 'The Dutchman', another steep hill in the Flinders Ranges. It was so cold as we started hiking, it was a gradual climb taking about an hour to reach the top. The view was spectacular, the outback stretching as far as the eye could see. Lots of wild purple flowers, which was unusual but it has rained alot this year in Australia. We reached Adelaide late afternoon. I didn't like Adelaide much, it's just another city really.

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