Posts for April, 2019


Business (Adelaide, South Australia)

Journal entry for Wednesday 3rd Apr, 2019 (day 36, miles 47)

We spent the nights of April 1st, 2nd, 3rd in Adelaide primariliy for the purpose of "business" (more vehicle work and completing US tax returns) rather than sight seeing. Never the less we took the opportunity to renew our aquaintence with Adelaide city/downtown and the area around the Torrens River. The Adelaide metro area has grown dramatically since our last visit over 20 years ago and is quite a sprawl. The city and Torrens area have undergone some major upgrades but has retained the charm of the city we knew.

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Burra (Hallett, South Australia)

Journal entry for Thursday 4th Apr, 2019 (day 37, miles 209)

We spent the morning navigating our way through the northern sprawl of the Adelaide metro area, passing through the township of Elizabeth (which was once a major car manufacturing center for GM when it was still building the Australian car the Holden

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Weird Signs and Other Trivia (Hawker, South Australia)

Journal entry for Friday 5th Apr, 2019 (day 38, miles 201)

The pictures in this post start with a few of the interestng signs we encountered during the day. The first of the signs is self explanatory, it just struck us as pretty typical Australian - anything with beer in it.

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Chamber Gorge (Chambers Gorge, South Australia)

Journal entry for Sunday 7th Apr, 2019 (day 40, miles 192)

Today was intended to be a bit of nostalgia, we planned on camping the night in a place named Chambers Gorge, it is an informal camping area on private property that is somewhat off the beaten track and being "informal" has no facilities at all. The nostalgia relates to the fact that we camped in this place in 1997 when on an outback trip with our then young children and we remember this place with some fondness.

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(Arkaroola, South Australia)

Journal entry for Monday 8th Apr, 2019 (day 41, miles 112)

As you can see the flies were back this morning as soon as the sun appeared; this prompted us to get moving and keep moving. The second photograph are the signs at the junction of two gravel roads; the view was the same in every direction. It is amazing even to us how empty this place can sometimes feel; in todays driving we passed 3 other vehicles and one of those was a road grader.

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Some 4LOW (Leigh Creek, South Australia)

Journal entry for Tuesday 9th Apr, 2019 (day 42, miles 191)

This morning we retraced yesterday afternoons route to the Bolla Bollana Smelter ruins and there after a series of 4wd tracks south through part of the Gammon Ranges Nation Park. Again this was a nostalga exercise reliving past adventures. It was also the first time on this journey where there was any substantial need for 4wd low range as there were some steep rock climbs and descents. The descent to the abondoned Idninha out station building was probably the most demanding.

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First flat and Aussie Icon (Marree, South Australia)

Journal entry for Wednesday 10th Apr, 2019 (day 43, miles 133)

We got going early this morning wanting to be at the Leigh Creek gas station at 8:00 (its opening time) to get the flat tire fixed. However Leigh Creek does not fix tires, I was directed 5 km up the road to Copley where the task was completed promptly. More evidence for me that Copley will eventually win out as the tourist stop on this part of the trek.

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A Technological History (Roxby Downs, South Australia)

Journal entry for Thursday 11th Apr, 2019 (day 45, miles 275)

Yesterday while planning our current little side trip I wondered about the name of the Borefield Road but this mornings drive south towards Roxby Downs answered at least part of my question. The road was lined with capped bores (spear point wells down to the artesian water table) with periodic larger structures including filling stations for water tankers.

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Lake Eyre (Haligan Bay, South Australia)

Journal entry for Friday 12th Apr, 2019 (day 46, miles 313)

We spent the morning retracing our route of yesterday along the BoreField Road and then rejoined the Odnadatta Track. Along the track we stopped at a few points of interest, either old railway sidings (with ruins of railway buildings, broken bore machinery and in one case an old cast iron water tank) or natural springs. This part of inland Australia sits on top of the Great Artisian Basin, a large underground water deposit that coverds 22% of the Australias area and is estimated to hold 15,600 cubic miles of water. Along the Oodnadatta Track this water comes to the surface in natural springs in mound formations and provided natural staging places for early settlers and the early railways.

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Cadibarrawirracanna (Coober Pedy, South Australia)

Journal entry for Saturday 13th Apr, 2019 (day 47, miles 222)

The first stop after leaving Lake Eyre this morning was the village/roadhouse of William Creek which consists of a pub, a senic flight business in a single building, a bush campground and a gas station attached to the pub. One of our guide books described it as an iconinc outback pub, it certainly is an interesting building. Seems to be mostly built from railway sleepers. Perhaps the most interesting thing about William Creek is that it is located on Anna Creek Station the largest cattle station (ranch) in the world. At 9142 sq miles it is just a little bit bigger that the country of Israel. The station was originally established by Sidney Kidman who realized that the only way to run cattle successfully in the Australian outback was to have a very low ration of cattle to land.

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