I admire the view to the mountains and the lovely old river gums while Water and Jonathan admire the Geology
. At one stop there is a sign - the Heysen hicking trail with a warning - only to be attempted by equipped and experienced hikers. What an understatement! The Heysen trail is 1,200 km long!
I discover many of the places Heysen has painted today. Walter has to stop every few kms when we come round a bend and I see a scene he has painted (e.g. the three sisters).
Tonight we have a fire (the end of the fire ban period was 31 March) at Rawnsley station. We sleep in a cabin with kitchen, but shared bathroom facilities.
We drive to the Flinders National Park. Once again honesty system. $10 park entrance fees - put in an envleope and left in a a box at park entrance. I love the place names. Wilpena Pound, Upalinna, Oraparinna, Brachina Gorge, Bunyeroo, Pandittawotty Hill. Coffee stop is at Cazneux tree, a very old Red river gum tree (burnt and hollow at bottom), but very much alive at the top. Thereafter a walk through Sacret Gorge - Aboriginal carvings on rocks. We drive to Wilpena - have an ice cream at the information centre. Therefater a Geological drive to the mountains. Jonathan shows us different rock formations. From Trezona, Elatina, Nuccaleena to Willkawillina and Bonney sandtstone. All older than 500 million years. At one stop we see worm fossils, and another stop we look at stromatolites.