Australian Adventure Week Nine!

Trip Start Oct 28, 2009
Trip End Oct 03, 2010

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Flag of Australia  , South Australia,
Sunday, May 16, 2010

We left Adelaide early and made our way towards the Flinders Ranges. This journey took us through several tiny towns where we didn't really see any sign of life.  We followed the mountain range and saw Mount Remarkable before arriving at the Wilpena Pound Campground.  Wilpena Pound is a large natural basin.  We loved the campsite here and especially enjoyed the company of kangaroos near to our campfire.  The next day we took the shuttle bus into the pound and walked to an old homestead before making our way up to a viewpoint from where we could see a large section of the pound.  We strayed slightly from the path and sat on the rock edge looking at the stunning view for quite a while.  We both agreed that it was a real highlight of Australia so far.

After leaving the Flinders Ranges we travelled to Port Augusta where we spent the afternoon stocking up on supplies for travelling through the centre of Australia.

The following morning we finally joined the Stuart Highway to make our way north to Darwin.  We drove for a couple of hours until we arrived at Woomera which is a small town that was built in 1946 as the headquarters for experimental rocket tests.  There were many rockets on display in the town and the remains of part of a satellite.  Testing is still completed in this area today.  We spent the night in the camping area of the Pimba Roadhouse.

We continued north along the Stuart Highway, sighting several wild emus and our first wild dingo, until we arrived in Coober Pedy.  It is an opal mining town and due to the heat there in summer a lot of the buildings are partly underground.  We visited a cute Catholic Church that is underground and Dave went into a Serbian Orthodox Church which is also underground.  We went to an old mine where we were able to see how people used to mine for opal.  We found a place that was partly an Aboriginal Art Gallery and also a Kangaroo Orphanage.  We were able to watch some joeys being fed and then we were allowed to hold a 3 month old joey called Nola.  She was so cute and it was great!  Coober Pedy has to be the most random place we have ever been to but there was something extremely fascinating about it!
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