This jaunt was intended to start about a week ago and lead us along the Great Ocean Road to the Victorian High Country but extremely hot weather and bush fires still burning in eastern Victoria meant a change of plans.
We decided to take the route along the River Murray. Alex checked on Google Maps and found the best route but the manic cyborg who lives in our GPS had other ideas. She was desperate for us to drive across the city to the northern side, at one stage she even directed us to drive around in a perfect square, luckily we were ignoring her.
Our lunch break was at Karoonda, a nice little place in the Murray Mallee where Alex was able to sample some delightful fried fare.
Impressive display at Karoonda
There was a great Pioneer Park in the town.
There wasn’t a lot to see along the road to Loxton but some people obviously had fun riding motorbikes through the Mallee along tracks parallel to the road.
Our campsite at Loxton Caravan Park is lovely, the park is quiet and we were able to choose our spot because we don’t need power tonight. All the amenities here are spotless but we’ve discovered the first thing we’ve forgotten about camp kitchens. The plugs always disappear if they’re not chained to something solid!
There was another lovely sunrise this morning after a very cold night, I’m glad we have power so we can use a heater in the mornings.
Morning chorus begins
Train on the Ghan line at the back of the campsite
The stand-out from today was the Painted Desert. I thought it would be hard pressed to rival the colours of the Ochre Pits at Lyndhurst but it excelled. Unfortunately photos don’t do the place justice, it was stupendous. Not only the colours in the hills but what seemed to be flood plain had an amazing mix of colours. Just awe inspiring. They say the time to see the place is sunrise or sunset but that wasn’t an option for us, we don’t want to risk hitting a kangaroo, emu or cattle. It didn’t matter, the colours were already magic.
Start of the Painted Desert Road
It’s my road too!
Close up of the “sand”
Zoomed out a bit
Expanse of the “sand”
Zebra Finches – about in their thousands
The signs made by the late Adam Plate of the Pink Roadhouse certainly add to the enjoyment of places. We’d miss many things if not for his signs. He was actually killed in a classic car rally not far from our home so I feel a connection with him. Thanks Adam.
Unfortunately I think he’s left a big gap in Oodnadatta, certainly the facilities at the caravan park desperately need maintenance.
It’s hot …. not every night!
Oodnadatta Movie House
Boy on a toy
Great idea unfortunately it wasn’t working
We had a nice meal at the Transcontinental Hotel and enjoyed the atmosphere very much. The hosts go out of their way to make everyone feel comfortable and welcome.