There are so many walks in the Flinders Ranges, some of them are short but other can take days. We only walked the short ones. On one walk along a riverbed we saw several dead goats. It was interesting as they were all in a similar area and the bodies look like there had been there awhile. We counted 15 and debated what would have happened to them. We didn’t really come up with any idea.
Some of the rocks caught my eye. There seemed to be so many different types, from white to red and shades in between. We didn’t see any large wild life, a few birds and my favorite, dragonflies. There was a one lizard who was kind enough to stay still long enough for me to take a photo and before I had lowed the camera she was gone.
We lit a fire one night. It was our first fire since we have been on the road, I cooked dinner over it and I was very proud of myself as it turned out well. On other night we sat with other caravanners who had their own fires (it is the best way to have a fire. They do all the hard work of collecting wood and lighting it and looking after it and we sit back and enjoy it. ) It was cold at night; we had every blanket in the van on the bed. Plus when we went to bed we wore socks and Adrian had a beanie on and I had on gloves. Very romantic. The temperature outside is generally the temperature inside the van.
Another day we drove thought the park to Wilpena stopping at the remains of a shepherds hut; know as “Yougooa Hut.” It was built in 1852 and like most of the building at that time it was built with what ever was at hand using mud mortared and roof thatched with reeds and grasses. They don’t last forever in the Australian bush without care. Not far from the hut was a river. We took a walk along its bank. Before you start the walk there were sign warning you about the danger of walking in the Australia sun. The basics are printed in several different languages. Nice to see. There wasn’t a lot of water in the river but it did make for a nice walk.
There are several lookouts thought out the park. When we were standing looking out over the country I did think it would be nice to be a better photographer When you look back at photos they never really do the view justice. (My solution is to take more photos and hope I snag a great one)
At Wilpena we took a look at the homestead. There are several different buildings. The bookkeeper’s hut was valued by the government in 1888 to be worth £35 11s 8d (in today language that is $71. The house prices have gone up a lot since then.) The bookkeeper’s hut is the oldest surviving building at Wilpena. Next to the bookkeeper’s hut is the motor house. (I don’t know when the homestead got its first car.)
The Storehouse was interesting. It was a two story building, built in 1862 and 1888 valued at £107 6s 11d ($214). It has an unusual feature in that the shelving hangs from the roof making them vermin proof. The storehouse was a big thing for the homestead. They say salted mutton, damper and black tea were the stable foods. (If a bushman could get it, he would drink over 55L of tea per week.) The station stores would often supply not only the people working the farm, the shepherds and drovers but travelers as well. Everything had to travel overland. Not an easy thing to do as food often spoiled by mice weevils or ants if it didn’t spoil by the heat. It was pure luxuries when the train line when in and supplies improved greatly.
We ended up staying for 7 nights. We would have stay longer but we have other places to go, other places to see but Wilpena is defiantly on our “Do again” list.