Some places we've been and some places we're going.

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Monarto

In 1972, the State Government, proposed the establishment of a satellite city at Monarto to stop Adelaide’s suburban sprawl. About an hour’s drive south east of Adelaide farms were compulsorily purchased. It was estimated the new town would have a population of 100,000 to 200,000. You can hear one farmer’s opinion about it here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBSceRup5Dk

By 1980 the elaborate plan had been abandoned. In 1983 Monarto Zoo was established on 1000 hectares of the site.

Yesterday we enjoyed the “Monarto Zoo’s Lion 360 Experience”, a gift from our “kids”. The weather was perfect and when we arrived the whole place was abuzz with the news that giraffe, Kinky, had given birth early that morning. Our bus wasn’t due to arrive for about an hour so we walked around the enclosures near the Visitors’ Centre.

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On the way to the African Safari area where the Lions are kept we passed through several environments before making a quick diversion to see the new baby. The bus paused so people could take photos but no one was able to get out of the bus.

The bus took us past the amenities blocks and on to the viewing areas. Before entering the large dome cage we were warned that the lions on show for the day were three young brothers and there was a possibility they might mark their territory. I think everyone was wary of being sprayed with stinky lion urine.

We left the bus when it returned to the previous stop and took the Bretag Ruins Walking Track.

You can find detailed information on the Bretag Farm here.

The track took us past an old cottage being renovated. The resident will have a fabulous view over the Plains habitat where the giraffes are.

 

 

After the ruins we took the Waterhole Track. Walking gave us much better views of  the animals.

The Ridge Track then  brought us down to the Chimpanzees’ enclosures.

Our last stop was at the cafe where the person behind the counter was very keen to know if we’d seen the baby giraffe. It was a great day, the walk back to the Visitors Centre enabling us to really feel part of the rich environment.

 

Broken Hill

Only a day late we left home at 6:30, fuelled up and headed down the road but an unfamiliar light was on so we pulled into the Harvey Norman carpark to investigate and set off a deafening burglar alarm! Switched off the offending light and quickly left. After an hour we were through the city and lined up along Port Wakefield Road waiting for traffic to clear after 3 accidents within a very short distance. 3 accidents before 8am.

Breakfast was at Burra, a place that really appeals to me and even more so since I read the sign above the pub door, “ A No Pokies Pub – Everyone’s a winner!”

After Burra and a change of driver we headed for the Barrier Highway. Between Olary and Broken Hill we saw over a hundred feral goats in little groups not far from the road, there were also heaps of Emus and then lots of little Wallabies.

We’ve checked into the City Caravan Park and decided to forgo the free afternoon tea in favour of a visit to the Sculpture Park. It’s in a natural scrub setting and the sculptures retain the natural rock shapes with some carving and etching showing. There was a nice walk to the sculptures but we drove because the wind was bitterly cold. Last night the temperature here dropped to 2 deg. and I have a feeling it won’t be any warmer than that tonight. Lucky we brought our warmest quilt.

Although we planned to drive to Bourke along the river road tomorrow part of that’s closed at the moment so we’ll be driving on the main road again. It will be lovely and warm in the car.