It was windy last night but the camper was fine, no buffeting or flapping. We went to get fuel and discovered a section of the main street was closed and there were people with big white boards and cameras. An episode of a TV series was being filmed, it isn’t one we’ve seen. “Wanted 3” stars Rebecca Gibney, someone I’m supposed to know! The scene being filmed will actually be depicted as on the Nullarbor.
The movie set
Pursuers of the woman who ducked into the toilet block
Actually it’s Hawker.
From Hawker we went to Orroroo …
Crafty metal golf cart
Clever use of old glassware
Clever use of old glassware – garden ornaments
Old pub somewhere along a lonely road
…. then Auburn, by the time we arrived there the sky was darkening and the winds strong. It was unpleasant to be outside so we decided that rather than camping for the night we’d head home.
It’s been a very interesting and enjoyable trip, we’ve seen new places and enjoyed the company of a variety of people. Of course there are things we’ll do differently next time eg. download the Country Pub Campsites and maybe Wikicamps so that we can see what different camp sites are available even if we don’t have internet. Another thing for us to overcome is the lack of Telstra phone coverage in some isolated areas.
After we overcame our initial problems with the after-market sway controller the camper and car performed well. We were able to go on dirt tracks without any issues, the only time we were aware of the camper was when we went up steep hills. It wasn’t difficult, the car was just a bit slower pulling the load. We have our ticket to travel the outback. What ticket? Although I wanted a Wildfire Red, Prado it seems that a white Prado is practically compulsory.
We left Marree this morning and were immediately struck by the number of vehicles heading towards the Birdsville Track. We’ve spoken to a lot of people who are going to the Big Red Bash, I think someone said the organisers were expecting 7 000 people. It’s hard to imagine the area around Big Red housing that number of people. Our neighbours tonight have come from Penguin, in Tasmania, and they are on their way to The Bash.
Just out of Marree is a rock construction depicting a man, we stopped to take some photos and to have a little play around.
Now it’s a woman
We didn’t intend stopping at Farina but the signs advertising the Bakery were too hard for Alex to resist. They’re currently using the old Bakery and there is a concentrated effort at fundraising for the restoration of the town.
The old Bakery
Inside the Bakery
Wooden tools for getting bread out
Bikers always know where the good Bakeries are
Our next stop was Lyndhurst and a visit to Talc Alf. He’s a real character, being a geologist is incidental, we always admire him for his carving skills and are amazed at his rapid fire thinking and talking. After Lyndhurst the road is bitumen.
Talc Alf at home
Since we’ve already stayed at Hawker we decided to go to Blinman instead. It meant driving through Parachilna Gorge which should have meant re-deflating the tyres but we went very slowly and carefully instead.
Old cottage made from wood slabs
Old mining cauldron
Grader – original
Personal account of Grader working
The restored Grader
The shops were busy and the Caravan Park basic so we decided to continue on to Hawker.
We’ve had no internet for days so keeping up with posts has been difficult. This will simply be another photo post.
The Oodnadatta Track follows the line of the old Ghan Railway which followed the line of the Overland Telegraph line which followed John Macdouall Stuart’s route which followed the ancient Aboriginal traders’ route. Because of this all the way down the track the same references appear.
Display – Coward Springs
Fettlers Cottage – Margaret Siding
Springs and Bubblers
Strange Flora around Blanche Cup
Weird and Wonderful – “Planehenge”
Now we’re back in Marree.