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Kangaroo Island - Flinders Chase NP

Saturday, 10 February 2018 | link | tag | / Trips / Australia / South Australia / National Parks
A day trip to Flinders Chase NP and Remarkable Rocks.

A lovely drive through very scenic and winding roads on Kangaroo Island.

The park itself is very well set up. Excellent facilities and walkways at Admirals Arch and at Remarkable Rocks.

The girls really loved the seals - there were three kinds all lounging about on the rocks - Australian and New Zealand Fur Seals, and a few Seal Lions as well.

Walking in Wilpena Pound

Saturday, 6 August 2016 | link | tag | / Trips / Australia / South Australia / National Parks
Isabella and I were up before dawn today to try and catch the 'golden hour' light on the mountains. It was -1 degrees and there was frost everywhere. We got some nice photos as the sunrise progressed and had the park all to ourselves it seems. We had a great show of mobs of kangaroos and emu parades.

After breakfast, we did some walking inside Wilpena Pound. The Hills Homestead, and Wangaraa lookouts and the Pound itself. We walked about 22km's throughout the morning, the girls did an amazing job.

Wilpena Pound and Brachina Gorge

Friday, 5 August 2016 | link | tag | / Trips / Australia / South Australia / National Parks
Today we drove through the Bunyeroo Gorge to get to the Brachina Gorge Geological Trail, the "Corridor Through Time'. The actual geological aspects of which weren't very clearly marked... Still, we enjoyed the changing rock structures and descriptions suggesting we were travelling backwards through time.

We stopped and had lunch on the Brachina Gorge road, and enjoyed the Rock Wallabies frolicking on the slopes.

After we were done for the day, we arranged a scenic flight over Wilpena Pound. Bud's first time in a Cesna, but the conditions were perfect.

Wilpena Pound, Flinders Ranges

Thursday, 4 August 2016 | link | tag | / Trips / Australia / South Australia / National Parks
A long weekend in the Flinders Ranges. Driving from Adelaide, its about 5 or 6 hours. A leisurely day, and we topped it off with a bit of digital experimenting with cameras in the dark and freezing cold, trying to get pictures of the Milky Way.

Wilpena Pound NP, Brachina Geological Trail

After breakfast I headed out to the Brachina Gorge geological trail, about 40 km's from Wilpena Pound.

The gorge is quite beautiful in its own right as a scenic 20 km drive, but every now and again along the trail a sign and an information board gave detail on the rock formations, occasionally pointing out points of interest, fossils, etc.

I spent a couple of hours doing it, taking the short walks to points of interest, looking at the campsites along the way.

On the way back to the start to head back to Wilpena I hit a pot hole far to hard and burst a tyre! Argh!. I changed to the spare and then was faced with a very rough dirt road drive of about 50 km's back to the paved road to be increadibly careful on - I hadn't seen a soul all morning.

Anyway, I eventually and carefully got back to Wilpena and went straight on to Hawker, the township at the start of the flinders ranges and arranged a new tyre.

I attempted to get some sunset photo's of the cliffs near the campsite, but it was a washout, I was in the wrong place. Still, I could watch the kangaroos and got to see the solar station for Wipena.

I spent the rest of the day reading and watching the stars.

Wilpena Pound NP

I woke to a beautiful day. The rain had gone and it was cool and clear. I had booked a scenic flight for 9am, and dispite completely forgetting that there is a time difference between NSW and SA, it was fantastic.

Cesna's are hair raising at the best of times, but the early heat of the day over the rocks and escarpments had created a lot of thermals - it was a bumpy ride!

A delightful view though. I was able to see the entire pound at once, and also get an idea of the Gorge I am planning to drive tomorrow - the geolgical trail that covers a period in time from 150,000 years ago to about 650 million years ago, all in the space of a 25km drive.

After lunch, I headed out to the Waranga lookouts on foot, a 6.9km round trip. The view was also excellent (a good panaroma), but the walk itself was very nice. Lots of big spotted and red gums over hanging the trail for most of the way along the creekbed, and thining to wattle and smaller gums on the rocky slopes of the pound.

I got a good close look at my favourite of Australian wildlife, the Gecko :)