Monday, 7 November 2016

The Flinders ranges


We began our commute to the Flinders Ranges from the Barossa Valley, a famous wine region just outside of Adelaide. Due to the drive being over six hours we decided to stop half way at a free campsight in Koolunga called White Cliffs Reserve. It felt like we were on the wrong road as its a long gravel path to the camp sight. It was pretty beautiful to say the least. All of the spots were alongside the fresh water stream, with three plus rope swings that hang from overhanging branches. There is even a ladder to climb out- what more could you want from a free camp sight. The only downside was the copious amount of flies but they soon left once we lit a fire. Unfortunately there was no drinking water either - so be prepared.

In the morning we continued our drive to the Ranges. We found that we drove through lots of small towns that looked like they should have been on the Wild west sets. Eventually we arrived at Wilpena Pound resort. For two night on an unpowered pitch we paid $25 each. (The animeties block has plugs.) The next day we began our drive around the Ranges. To drive the entire circumference it takes approximately five hours.
Sadly our cars could not cope. The first initial hurdle was the dusty 'off the beaten track' road. The terrain was tough on the cars, it is definitely a road for 4x4's. It took us roughly 45 minutes to approach the first lookout - Bunyeroo Valley. The view here reminded me of the Grand Canyon. We continued to drive for another 45 minutes and reached out second lookout, Brachia Gorge. This stunning gorge is over 560 million years old. The photos really do not do it justice. We continued straight for another 50k, the terrain was just too much for our car to handle so we headed back to camp, just in time for happy hour (4-5pm).
The Wilpena resort, also offers a pool, bar/restaurant which has reasonably priced food, considering you're in the middle of nowhere, a general store. They also offer a $4 shuttle bus which runs four times a day (9am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm) and drives you to hills homestead, from there it's another 1.5km walk to Wangarra lookout. This specific route is only accessible via this shuttle bus, so it is worth seeing.


These shorts are pretty old, but my love for them has just continued to grow. I bought them from Lazy Oaf a few years ago. They are great festival shorts. They have also been in my rucksack for our entire trip. Sadly after Asia they did not go over my thighs- Oops. But finally they fit! Yay. They just brighten up any outfit and I am totally in love.

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