Before we left Hawker we visited the gallery of Jeff Morgan who had spent 4000 hours painting a 360 o view of the ranges from Mary's Peak. It was quite an unbelievable accomplishment!
We then travelled 40 km up the road to Rawnsley Station our camp for the next 2 days. The drive was through steady rain and the final three kilometres into the park was along a very greasy, muddy, dirt road which left both our vans and cars caked in red mud. Inbetween showers we headed to Wilpena Pound to try and do a short walk around the resort but the rain had settled in. It was back to Rawnsley Park where we settled into the warm and dry camp kitchen for drinks and dinner. The boys enjoyed chatting with the other travellers and getting the good oil on where to go.
Thursday morning we set off on a 180 km round trip through the gorges. We passed through Parachilna, Brachina and Bunyeroo Gorges. Rob did a great job of driving through dry creek beds and muddy crossings, even having to dodge two semi trailers carrying houses through these narrow, windy 4WD tracks.
Lunch was at an isolated country pub at Parachilna which serves "Road Kill" as its specialities. It was a shame we had to wait 3 hours for our meal as 300 people from the SA Variety bash had hit the place. We enjoyed the carnival atmosphere and eventually sat down to burgers with kangaroo meat patties and kangaroo and pepperleaf pies.
The next morning we set off early to travel to Copley to try the famous Quandong pies. We hoped to stay at the local caravan park however there was no room at the inn so we headed back to the mining town of Leigh Creek for the next couple of nights.
Ruins of Appealina Homestead Flinders Ranges
The Prairie Hotel at Parachilna
On the road to Leigh Creek