Monthly Archives: June 2015

Gary Junction Road – 4 – via Kiwirrkurra Roadhouse to Jupiter Well

4th June 2015 We continued our journey from Buck Hills. Of course this is still the Gary Junction Road and we haven’t seen any sealed roads for days now. Still we made good progress on these dirt roads – as … Continue reading

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Gary Junction Road – 3 – to Western Australia, Buck Hills

3rd/4th June 2015 Our next fuel stop was in Kintore. Another Aboriginal Community where the fuel pumps are located in secure, small brick buildings. After filling up with diesel at two dollars a litre and getting some groceries at the store, … Continue reading

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Gary Junction Road – 2 – First night at Telstra Tower site

2nd – 3rd June 2015 I took many photos when we stopped for the first night on our Gary Junction Road trip. Everything was special to me, even my own shadow. There is not much to say about the next … Continue reading

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Gary Junction Road – 1 – drive along the Gary Junction Road

2nd June 2015 It wasn’t far from Redbank Gorge to the end of the bitumen and the start of the Gary Junction Road. We stopped for a photo to mark the occasion of the start of our big trip. We … Continue reading

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Ormiston Gorge

1st June 2015 We went for a short drive back to Ormiston Gorge. We had a bit of a look around, used their facilities and to our surprise Kay and Bruce arrived and parked very close to us. They were … Continue reading

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Redbank Gorge

30th May to 2nd June 2015 The first morning after our arrival it was washing day. Our twin tub that we carry with us in the LandCruiser has given us good service. Two nearby trees provided a convenient spot to attach … Continue reading

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Leaving Alice to Red Bank Gorge

30th May 2015 We finally left Alice Springs with Val and Chris with the intention of getting close to the start of the Garry Junction Road. We headed towards the West MacDonnell Ranges all on good sealed roads. (Lesley’s photo) … Continue reading

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Alice Springs

23rd to 30th May 2015 Alice Springs was mainly a stay to get organised for our next stage of the trip, the Garry Junction Road. We collected mail, we shopped, we organised various bit and pieces to make improvement to … Continue reading

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Day trip to Rainbow Valley, Hugh River Stock Route and Ewaninga Rock Carvings

28th May 2015 We went for a round trip to the south of Alice Springs. We really wanted to see Rainbow Valley as people had told us it was a fantastic area. We certainly weren’t disappointed. (Lesley’s photo) (Lesley’s photo) … Continue reading

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To Alice Springs

23rd May 2015 We were getting close to our next destination – Alice Springs. We had booked a space in a caravan park, but were a bit early for it. We travelled leisurely, stopping for geocaches on the way. The … Continue reading

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Erldunda – Desert Oaks Rest Area

22nd/23rd May 2015 It didn’t take us long to reach the Erldunda Road House. We didn’t need fuel here, but for the first time in a long while we had access to the internet. Downloading emails, checking Facebook, sending a … Continue reading

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South Australia to Northern Territory

21st May 2015 From 3 O’clock creek we wanted to drive into the Northern Territory – a fairly long day. But we knew that the grader had just been through from Dalhousie Springs to the edge of the Witjira National … Continue reading

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Witjira National Park – 3 O’Clock Creek

20th/21st May 2015 We decided to stay at 3 O’clock Creek for a night to fill up our shower/washing tanks. The flow on the overhead fed tap was quite slow. With the help of a pump that our fellow travellers … Continue reading

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Witjira National Park – Dalhousie Springs

18th to 20th May 2015 The main reason we took the Pedirka track was for our friends to have a swim in this thermal spring. All year round it is at 37 degrees. I wasn’t too interested as the steps … Continue reading

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Witjira National Park – Dalhousie Ruins

18th May 2015 After Pedirka the track led through monotonous country till we arrived at Dalhousie Ruins. Dalhousie used to be a thriving station, mainly raising cattle. The homestead was abandoned in 1925 due to amalgamation with other properties. Over the years … Continue reading

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Pedirka Track – Pedirka Siding

ess18th May 2015 Pedirka is another relic of the Old Ghan Train. Now abandoned, it used to be a watering point for the steam locomotives pulling the Old Ghan. We are now very remote and we can only imagine what … Continue reading

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Hamilton Station

17th/18th May 2015 While Kay and Bruce continued along the Oodnadatta track to Marla and we turned north towards the Pedirka Track. We stopped overnight at Hamilton Station, a bush camping area where you can stay for $10.00 a night. Very … Continue reading

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Oodnadatta Track – 7 – Oodnadatta Road House, the Angle Pole Monument

17th May 2015 We continued along the Oodnadatta track to the place that gives the track it’s name: Oodnadatta. The Pink Roadhouse is a great spot to stop, not only for the diesel, but also for good coffees and some … Continue reading

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Oodnadatta Track – 6 – Algebuckina Bridge and Waterhole

16th May 2015 Next stop was at the Algebuckina Bridge, a rough track in from the Oodnadatta Track. This bridge served the Old Ghan railway and is now disused as the new track is further west. It is an impressive … Continue reading

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Oodnadatta Track – 5 – Campsite outside William Creek

15th/16th May 2015 A short distance after William Creek Val spotted this area close to a disused dam. It was an ideal camping spot. As this was the first night that the six of us were camping together, Val opened … Continue reading

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Oodnadatta Track – 4 – Wabma Kadarbu Mount Spring

15th May 2015 Not much further along we stopped at the Wabma Kadarbu Mount Spring. From the parking area it is a short walk to the Mount Spring. (Lesley’s photo) The spring is a round pond were you can see … Continue reading

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Oodnadatta Track – 3 – Lake Eyre

15th May 2015 Next stop along the Oodnadatta Track was at a viewing point for Lake Eyre. (Lesley’s photo) Our first trip to Lake Eyre was with an organised tour that included a flight over Lake Eyre when it just … Continue reading

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Oodnadatta Track – 2 – Sculptures

15th May 2015 Heading North West from Marree, the Oodnadatta Track is a well maintained dirt road. We travelled at good speed and soon arrived at this amazing place in the middle of nowhere that has huge sculptures placed into … Continue reading

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Oodnadatta Track – 1 – Outside Marree

14th/15th May 2015 We knew that Kay and Bruce were heading for Marree to stay in the grounds of the pub. We went there to meet up with them and possibly to stay there as well. Sure enough they were … Continue reading

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Aroona Ruins Campground, Flinders Ranges National Park

Aroona Ruins, Flinders Ranges National Park 9th May 2015 We got an early start from Mambray Creek on Saturday morning as we were scheduled to meet Chris and Val again at Aroona Ruins where our journey together was to begin. … Continue reading

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Mambray Creek, Mt Remarkable National Park

Mambray Creek, Mt Remarkable NP 7th May 2015 Moving north from Alford, we travelled via Port Broughton and Port Pirie to Mambray Creek in the Mt Remarkable National Park. The Parks Pass we purchased in Minlaton gave us entry into … Continue reading

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Yorke Peninsula

Yorke Peninsula As Erich’s laptop, with all his photos from our stay on the Yorke Peninsula up to Marree, is no longer functioning and in an effort to get the blog up to date, I (Lesley) am picking up the … Continue reading

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