Adelaide Hills to Glendambo

Trip Start Apr 05, 2011
Trip End Nov 15, 2012

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Glendambo Roadhouse

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Friday, April 22, 2011

It was time to leave the vibrant, soothing coast behind us and head inland, northward bound.  We just had one last stop to make along the way with our dear friends Howard, Kim and Jack in Roseworthy, just outside of Gawler.

Our drive took us up through the Adelaide Hills and it was a perfect time of year to be
passing through.  The autumn colours were at their best with the sun gleaming through the leaves of all the different trees, from soft yellows, burnt oranges, deep reds and purples contrasted with
a bright lime green that sprung through from time to time.  Again we were blessed with a lovely day.

We stopped for a break at Hahndorf and strolled the main street. Whilst it is filled with kitsch tourist shops it was nice to walk along the pavement kicking through the fallen leaves and again admiring the autumn colours.

We had a lovely time at Roseworthy with Howie, Kim and Jack. Kim spoiled us with the most amazing meals.  We got to sleep in a real bed again, catch up on washing, and above all just enjoy the great company of old and dear friends.

It was with a heavy heart that we said our goodbyes and hit the road again with the white
beast right behind us.

We were already on the road when we decided that Melrose looked like a convenient and nice location to stop for a night.  Located at the base of Mt Remarkable, the caravan park borders the National Park and is in the most beautiful setting.  We had a site on the edge of the dry creek surrounded by huge trees filled with birds all eagerly singing away. The smell of the bush was sensational, there were camp fires burning away with the sound of wood crackling, just wonderful!

We went for a walk around Melrose admiring all the historical homes and landmarks before stopping in at the Mt Remarkable Hotel.  We sat out on the front deck in the glorious sunshine looking back over Mt Remarkable enjoying a Savi B and a beer reflecting on how lucky we are to be having this amazing life experience.

We could have happily stayed in Melrose for a few days, however apart from them being booked
out we had to push on and make some ground north, so after a morning walk up to the lookout we packed up and hit the road.

We took a slight detour up to another gorgeous town by the name of Quorn. Steeped in history it was a shame it was Good Friday and nothing was open.  The drive from there to Port Augusta was stunning, through gorgeous hills and valleys criss-crossing the Pichi Richi Railway tracks.

At Port Augusta we turned onto the Stuart Highway and had to smile when our GPS said 'right
turn 590km's’!  Bound for Coober Pedy we had chosen to stay at a place called Glendambo along the way.

To say the drive is scenic is an understatement, we were simply blown away by the ever changing
landscape and spectacular views.  The massive salt lakes were breathtaking and broke up the scrub which varied in size and texture throughout different stages of the drive.

Whilst we had anticipated a rather flat and barren landscape it was undulating and picturesque with monoliths on the horizon from time to time along with deep valleys and ridges. 

We arrived at Glendambo to find that the pub would not be opening as it was Good Friday however we could take our pick of sites at the caravan park out the back.  There was only one other van there when we arrived and not a person in sight!

We loved it; here we were essentially out in this red dirt paddock in the middle of
nowhere!  Just us and millions of flies…yep… could not escape them, they were smothering us.

It wasn’t long before other travellers started to roll in and set up for the night.  We sat outside the van and enjoyed the sunset, happy that the flies disappear around the same time as the sun!

As the sun descended beyond the horizon, the night sky filled with stars and we just sat
there in the middle of this red dirt paddock gazing up in awe, neither of us
can ever remember seeing such an amazing array of stars…

Highlights Adelaide Hills to Glendambo:

-  Spending time with Howie, Kim and Jack

-  Melrose, there is nothing better than the smell of the Australian bush

-  Ever changing landscape along the Stuart Highway to Glendambo – a scenic drive

-  The night sky at Glendambo, so clear and more stars than we can ever remember seeing
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Kym on

It sounds like you are still enjoying your journey and all is going well. Rod you certainly looked the part sitting there in the red dirt with the laptop. I hope you were only updating this blog and not surfing items on ebay or other sites you shouldn't be looking at

Patanja on

Its great to be Australian........somewhere in the bible it says ......on the 8th day God created Adam(Goodes) but on the 9th ..said I am going to make a weekender and i will call it Australia......enjoying your blogs

belcino on

Mate your blogs a great,I mean the autumn leaves and all that stuff. You could write scripts for David Attenbough. Take care and call when the sunlight dances off the silhouettes formed by the stark motion of the gums.

Black Caviar on

When that little upstart Belcino gets a couple of Group races on his CV, he might just get away with the sarcasm - until then ZIP IT !! Love your work, guys.

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