A local town for local people
Trip Start Sep 16, 2008
29Trip End Sep 15, 2009
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There are several salt lakes in South Australia, something I’ve never seen before and on the way to Quorn we stopped at Lake Hart, one of the smaller ones but it still stretches about as far as you can see
Back on the road we finally started to see the earth come back to life as we came into the Flinders Ranges, and made it to Quorn in the early evening, after getting our first glimpse of the sea at Port Augusta. Everything’s called Flinders here by the way, after the explorer Matthew Flinders who named Australia. We got several history lessons from Jen during the long days of driving as talking incessantly kept her awake on the endless straight road. She thought she was boring us to tears but it was actually quite interesting. Anyway Quorn’s definitely a local town for local people, with the local guys staring at you like they’ve never seen a girl before, but is very quaint and looks like something out of an old American western.
Not far from the town we visited the ruins of the Kanyaka Homestead, where the ever intelligent white man decided to put 130 sheep per square mile in a place that gets less rain than Ayers Rock. It was here that I discovered Gallah’s! 10:1 you’ve all now got the voice of Alf Winters from Home & Away saying ‘Flamin’ Gallah’ in your head...no, just me? Well anyway they’re grey and pink parrot looking things
Next was a short hike up to Arkaroo rock to see some ancient Aboriginal rock drawings. It was such a shame to see the sight with a big metal cage around it to stop people graffitiing the rock. 5000 years of history ruined so you could draw a chalk tree like a child, well done. It was only a brief visit as we had another hike to complete at Wilpena Pound, which from the air looks like a huge meteor crater. To be honest it was more a stroll in the countryside than a hike, and along the way in true Aussie style we spotted a few wild kangaroos. One was lying not far from the path and when it stood up to it revealed it was a female with a little joey in it’s pouch, everyone was yelling at me to come and look as I had, by this point, become the group’s official photographer.