Flinders Ranges Outback South Australia Sept 2014

12 Oct

 photo CooberPedytoWilpenaPound_zps9805d8a6.jpgContinuing our Australian outback safari, we left Coober Pedy early in the morning of the 14th September, bidding a fond farewell to our hosts at the Desert View underground motel,The Opal Whisperer and his wife.

I wasn’t looking forward to this part of the trip, as we were actually heading back down the same road we had come up on from Port Augusta, a distance of 540 kilometres, it was the only way to our next destination, the alternative route would have been very complicated through sparse country and outback isolated stations.

So music was again the choice of amusement to break the monotony.

The road back was virtually the same as the road up, long and interminable with the usual display of unfortunate Kangaroos trying to beat the big trucks on the roads at night.

We had the car camera on the widscreen running all the time, in the hope of catching some great pictures, the only thing we captured was a guy standing by his car in the middle of nowhere busily winding his watch, bastard was so engrossed he didnt even wave or look up, which everyone does on our roads outback.

For the next hundred kilometres we discussed this phenomenon, as to why he would stop his car just to wind his watch, his hand never left his wrist to wave, some people can be so rude.

Reminds me to check the onboard car camera now, in case it caught me a couple of times adjusting my watch. No sense clogging up the camera with trivialities.

We made it into Port Augusta late in the Sunday afternoon, the town was very quiet in the late afternoon heat, so we decided to continue on another hundred or so kilometres to our destination Wilpena Pound.

The road was to take us through the beautiful landscape known as the Flinders Ranges.

I had driven this road over forty years ago and am sure it was just a hard dusty red earth track then, now its bituminised all the way through. The last small settlement before the Ranges is a town called Hawker, its commonly known as the gateway to the Flinders Ranges

The beauty of the massive outcrops and unique landscape, bought back memories as to why I have always had an appreciation for this beautiful country

The Flinders Ranges are the largest mountain range in South Australia, which starts approximately 366 km (227 mi) north of Adelaide. The discontinuous ranges stretch for over 430 km (270 mi) from Port Pirie to Lake Callabonna.

I leave you with my collection of landscape pictures, that are a lead into the Beautiful Flinders Ranges and Wilpena Pound.

Catch you around the traps


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23 responses to “Flinders Ranges Outback South Australia Sept 2014

  1. lscotthoughts

    October 22, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    Awesome again, Ian, and you had me chuckling a bit, too! Beautiful photos, too, my friend..and the journey continues…:)

    • The Emu

      October 23, 2014 at 7:56 am

      Hi Lauren, had me chuckling a bit to when I saw it, what sort of fool stops his car in the middle of nowhere, in the middle of the heat of the day, just to wind a cheap old wrist watch.

  2. Sue Dreamwalker

    October 18, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Loving it Emu.. I sat chuckling away as I read your commentary about the watch winder.. And could that be I heard the echo of a crocodile Dundee accent in there LOL.
    ” We had the car camera on the widscreen running all the time, in the hope of catching some great pictures, the only thing we captured was a guy standing by his car in the middle of nowhere busily winding his watch, bastard was so engrossed he didnt even wave or look up, which everyone does on our roads outback.”..
    Oh I so so laughed out loud when I read this paragraph Emu…. 😀

    Love the mountain views, the colours of the layers of rock.. brilliant and striking.. A few dark clouds too, did you get any rain?..

    Thank you for taking me along with you both Ian.. totally enjoying my trip in the outback..
    Sue 🙂

    • The Emu

      October 19, 2014 at 7:07 am

      You hit the nail right on the head with the Mick Dundee reference Sue.
      Not sure if Mick Dundee emulated my nonchalant humour or not but we both have that same larconic humour.
      Ana reckons I am more Australian than Australians, I normally speak old Australian slang.
      I do love to read that you have enjoyed the outback journey, will have to start planning the next expedition.

      • Sue Dreamwalker

        October 19, 2014 at 1:37 pm

        🙂 Lol.. your energy seeps through the screen lol.. And I could imagine Ana being right about you LOL… 🙂 🙂 And yes I so enjoyed my travels with you both 🙂

        • The Emu

          October 22, 2014 at 1:27 am

          I do enjoy travelling Sue and for some strange reason, my energy levels soar.
          I try to see and do everything at once, and I dont like leaving one stone unturned.

  3. suzjones

    October 16, 2014 at 12:33 am

    Stunning formations. I’ve never seen the Flinders Ranges although I hope to one day.

    • The Emu

      October 17, 2014 at 9:22 am

      Make the effort Sue, especially Wilpena Pound, its a very ancient Aboriginal land and is spectacular,
      really spiritual, my next post is about it so hope you enjoy.

  4. Clowie

    October 15, 2014 at 7:28 am

    That’s lovely countryside, thanks for sharing the photos!

    • The Emu

      October 17, 2014 at 9:09 am

      Hi Clowie, glad you appreciated my pics of our Australian outback adventures.
      Australia really does have beautiful country.

  5. auntyuta

    October 14, 2014 at 4:11 am

    Must have been cloudy all day when you took these pictures, Ian. I can sort of imagine what this landscape must look like with a blue sky and a lot of sun! 🙂
    I guess for travelling by car it was more comfortable travelling without a very bright sun?
    Did you take turns with Ana or were you driving the whole time? It must have been a long day for the two of you driving. Could you stop somewhere for lunch?
    Sorry for being so inquisitive. Have to jump to your next post now.
    PS: Where is the picture of the guy winding up his watch?

    • The Emu

      October 17, 2014 at 8:39 am

      Hi Uta, thanks for the visit, it was a little cloudy the afternoon we took those pics.
      Threw beautiful colours on the landscape though, even though my pics dont show it.
      It was refreshing not driving into a hot sun glare, I did all the driving as Ana doesn’t drive.
      We had invested in a large Waeco car fridge to keep our foods and drinks in, a great investment as it is part cooler and freezer and runs on a connection to the battery, but actually cuts out at a certain level so as not to drain the battery.
      We have a three pronged adapter plugged into the cigarette lighter, one for the navigation system, one for the USB with all our music and one for the front car camera, all round we were pretty well covered.
      The guy winding his watch is in one of the camera recordings, but it might be a bit obscene if its not a watch he is holding.

      • auntyuta

        October 17, 2014 at 7:34 pm

        🙂 🙂 🙂

        • The Emu

          October 19, 2014 at 5:54 am

          Thanks Uta, hope you are both well and enjoying a great sunny Sunday.
          33 degrees here and Wednesday predicted to be 38, damn hot, bushfire season around the corner.

  6. gpcox

    October 13, 2014 at 10:52 am

    As long as you don’t catch me IN the traps!!

    • The Emu

      October 13, 2014 at 11:58 pm

      Greetings gpcox, its an old Aussie saying meaning see you later
      Has many different connotations, mainly from the old days of rabbit hunting
      when you tell a mate you will see him next time you go to check your traps.

  7. natswans

    October 13, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Beautiful landscape Ian, great shots.
    Enjoy your week.
    Sheila 🙂

    • The Emu

      October 13, 2014 at 11:55 pm

      Thanks Sheila, its hard not to be able to get great pictures in that part of the country.
      It is beautiful every where you point the camera.

  8. Colline

    October 12, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    The mountains look beautiful and remind me a lot of the scenes I have seen in South Africa. I can see that the land around there can get very dry.

    • The Emu

      October 13, 2014 at 11:45 pm

      Hi Colline, I think you are right, the scenery around this part of Australia, does bear a resemblance to some parts of South Africa,very dry in the Summer months but prone to flash flooding at times.

  9. prenin

    October 12, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Australia seems to be VERY arid! 🙂

    Thanks for the pictures – it is VERY fascinating to see!!! 🙂

    God Bless!


    • The Emu

      October 13, 2014 at 11:34 pm

      Only arid in certain parts Prenin, mainly in the outback.
      Queensland is more tropical and Tasmania is actually a lot like England.
      See you are having a few hiccups with the local lads Constable Prenin.

      • prenin

        October 13, 2014 at 11:59 pm

        Hi Ian! 🙂

        Yes, the situation is escalating and no mistake! 😦

        We’ve gone from a couple of boys and girls to a druggy gang invading our block to do drugs. 😦

        One of them even tried to persuade the others to trash all the internal lights, but the others were against it! 😦

        Tomorrow I phone our neighbourhood housing officer Julie Whitham and lay it on the line as I’ve seen this kind of crap before and lived through two and a half years of broken windows, death threats etc. so I can see how this is developing.

        This time though I’m alone because nobody in the block wants to stick their noses out of their flats when there’s trouble.

        Meantime I have to keep it together and try to keep the bastards out until the door is made secure and actually closes properly! 😦

        Sometimes you have to stand up to be counted – last time I did that I ended up being driven to insanity and suicide by the so-called good guys, but I’ve got a stubborn streak… 😦

        God Bless my friend! 🙂



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