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A Few Days in the Flinders Rangers

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
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Parachilna Gorge
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The Prairie Hotel at Parachilna
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On the road to Leigh Creek
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Broken Hill to Hawker

Red Gum

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Today we spent travelling from Broken Hill in the desert to Hawker on the rim of Wilpena Pound. Unfortunately it is raining and very windy so we are hoping for better weather tomorrow when we set up in the park. We passed through some towns with beautiful old stone homes and nothing else. Lunch was at Orroroo beside what the locals claim is the biggest river red gum in Australia. The tree is 500 years old and 10.4 metres around the circumference.

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Back to Broken Hill

Monday 15th August
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Living Sculptures Gardens

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Sturt's Desert Pea

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Pro Hart's Rolls

We headed back to Broken Hill today before we start travelling west into South Australia. After doing some shopping to replenish supplies we headed out to Pro Hart's Gallery. Couldn't afford any paintings but Wendy bought a magnet of his famous Dragonfly painting for her fridge. We then did a rush trip to the living desert garden and the sculptures as it was getting late. Unfortunately the sky was cloudy and we did not get the full effect of the sunset behind the sandstone sculptures.

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Menindee Lakes

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Sunset

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Kinchega Woolshed

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The ladies at Burke and Wills campsite

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Camp Fire Menindee Lake

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Camp fire beside Menindee Lake

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