What a fantastic day! A rare opportunity to fly over Lake Eyre when it was full. We headed off early to Lyndhurst for our flight. After meeting our pilot at Lyndhurst pub we headed for the airstrip graded in the red dirt. We all felt a bit apprehensive and excited as we were allocated our seats. What we were in store for was an incredible experience and worth the cost. We flew over the Aboriginal ochre pits an important source of ochre traded for thousands of years. Then further north over the old ruins of Farina once an important rail centre.
Inspired by what we saw from the air, we decided to visit Farina- the old town which was a centre of trade when the Ghan was an important means of transport in the Outback- and the Aboriginal ochre pits. We returned to the Lyndhurst Hotel for a counter lunch; the steak sandwiches were outstanding. After lunch, we visited Talc Alf- an interesting character , who carves letters into slabs of talc and loves a chat.
A short stop at the Leigh Creek open cut coal mine was interesting and worth the effort.
After returning to the Leigh Creek Caravan Park we decided to have a round of golf on their golf course. It could be said that the course wasn't quite the standard of a resort course, however, presented as many challenges with its rocky, scrub covered fairways and uneven sand greens.
A great day!
North Lake Eyre
Farina north of Lyndhurst
Underground Bakery Farina
Leigh Creek Mine
Leigh Creek Golf Course