Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
Trip End Oct 31, 2013

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Flag of Australia  , South Australia,
Saturday, June 5, 2010


Journey: Melrose, Wilmington, Alligator Gorge

Mileage at Melrose 16415 kms

Weather: 10 degrees at 8.30 am

We had quite a lot to see today so set out early after saying goodbye to the cyclists. We crossed the Goyder Line shortly after leaving Melrose; Kath had read about this so called line "drawn" up by a man called Goyder in 1865 to separate drought prone land north of the line from agriculturally viable land south of it. Farmers and graziers ignored this early advice, suffered the consequences and lived to regret it. The areas north of this line are now known as drought prone!

Just before the town of Wilmington we turned off onto the Alligator Gorge Road where we encountered warnings that the road was unsuitable for caravans and no wonder! There were so many flood gutters across the 11 km road that we had to take it really slow. As we progressed we were met with a light mist but parked and descended the 250 steps (Sheila counted them) to the spectacular gorge.

As we explored the gorge full of red canyons, huge rocks and pools of water we felt that we had gone back in time. It was misty and it was cold. It was a magic place!

The photos tell the story!

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