Last night tested out the camper for wind resistance and happily it came out unscathed. The caravan owners all retracted their awnings but ours appeared secure so we left it up. During the night we heard canvas flapping but this morning everything still looked fine so it seems the springs on the guy ropes do a good job.
This caravan park is immaculate and the showers wonderful, that’s not something you find often. Water is scarce here but there was plenty of lovely hot water for a rejuvenating shower.
Today we headed out on the Hawker Road again to see the Kanyaka ruins. Hugh Proby took up the first lease on the land but after he was drowned in 1852 partners Alexander Grant and John Phillips took it on. A real community was established with a massive stone Woolshed, Homestead, Overseers House, Cart Shed, Stables etc. Kanyaka Run was home to over 70 families.
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Drought made the property not viable and the Homestead was abandoned in 1888. There were lots of other settlement sites in the area including Wilson and Willochra. The train line brought great optimism with it but unreliable rainfall caused them all to fail eventually.
From the Kanyaka Woolshed we walked to the spring fed Kanyaka waterhole and Death Rock. I can see why it was a sacred place for the aboriginal people.
After our visits to the various settlement ruins we went into Hawker for lunch. The food at the Sightseers Café was a revelation and after our wonderful meal there we didn’t another meal for the day. There is also Jeff Morgan’s gallery in the town and the examples of his work that we saw in the town were stunning, his gallery will be a place to visit next time.
We drove back to Quorn and walked around the Powell Gardens before coming back to camp.