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The Flinders Ranges

by on Nov.29, 2010, under The Outback

Saturday, 27th November – Monday, 29th November 2010

What started as a heavy rain at the Mount Remarkable NP soon become sunshine in Port Augusta. Despite feeling a little odd when drying our tent on the lawn in the middle of the city centre we succeeded. Furthermore, we were able to use modern technology, shopped for food and fuelled our car and were therefore ready to finally start our outback adventure. We passed Quorn and Hawker, didn’t enter the Flinders Ranges NP yet but stayed at the Rawnsley Park Campsite to be able to set up camp with some light left and to cook some dinner in the camp kitchen. Putting tent pegs in the stony ground drove some of us crazy but pan bread, egg and cheese made it all right again.

The way to the Flinders Ranges the next day was not only the start of our outback adventure but also the beginning of the most magnificient mountains and ranges I have ever seen. The view evokes feelings of freedom, calmness and on my part a strong gratitude for the wonders of this world. Call me sentimental, I don’t know myself why the outback got me that way… ; )

We passed Arkaroo rock on the way, an Aboriginal painting site. Sadly but understandably the paintings were protected by some heavy fence which only left an inkling of the feeling of the distinctiveness of this place. The sign at the entrance of the walk reminded again of the massacre that was committed against the Aborigines and chastened.

The next stop was Wilpena Pound, a „natural amphitheatre of mountains“ we had already seen from afar. Try to find a picture from above then you’ll recognise the „folded“ structure of the mountains in the pictures before. We chose the Wangara Lookout walk that showed us a view of the inside of the Pound and didn’t take so long since it was already in the afternoon.

See the following clip for a better impression:

We were lucky and saw some wildlife again:

On our way out of the Wilpena Pound we encountered this emu family – that obviously ignored any traffic regulations. 🙂

The way to Bunyeroo Gorge was a fairly good preview of the road quality we should expect in the Outback:

I am very sure that I heard some kangaroos at night and in the morning one was hopping away. When I went jogging I saw some more skippys hopping away – what a great combination of the normal (jogging) and the extraordinary (kangaroos).

Another sand track led us to Brachina Gorge and some incredible shifted mountains, all part of the Flinders Ranges and finally we went up the Heysen Lookout, named after a painter from Hamburg who painted and stayed in Australia and spent some time at a house in the Flinders Ranges (therefore Heysen Lookout):

Enjoy the following clip for a great overview:

We finally left the Flinders Ranges and headed to Leigh Creek.

On the way...

On the way...

The route depicted in this article:

Größere Kartenansicht

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