BACK ON THE ROAD IN AUSTRALIA
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
325Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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JOURNEY: Adelaide to Burra- 155 kms
OVERNIGHT: Burra River Gorge Campground - free
Time to say goodbye to Nell and Louis and drive north to some warmer weather in Queensland, after 5 weeks in Adelaide! The van had been in storage since November 2011 while we were overseas and we were keen to get the feel of life on the road again.
As we pulled out of the driveway, Louis noticed that the front tyre looked a bit flat and indeed it was; after filling up with diesel we had to find a specialist tyre place to check our tyre pressure- the air in the service stations only reached 60 psi and we needed 62 and 70 psi. A short distance up South Road on the corner of Ann St we found just the place- the mechanic was great, stopped what he was doing to check the pressure and yes! The front tyre had a puncture! Within 15 minutes he had repaired the hole, charged us $40 and we were on our way. Well almost!
Happily the Lebanese Bakery was just around the corner so we grabbed a delicious spinach and cheese "pizza" and then set off up South Road finally, at 12.40.
First stop, an hour later was the historical town of Kapunda where the Information Centre gave us specific instructions on reaching Burra River Gorge Campground, our overnight destination.
We drove on to Eudunda, an early Lutheran sttlement which makes a picturesque stop and is where the famous Australian author Colin Thiele was born and based his novel "Sun on the Stubble" that most of us read at school.
From Eudunda we took the scenic World's End highway until we reached the turn off to Burra Creek Gorge. The roads were very quiet, the day before school holidays and we drove through sheep grazing land, flat and vast.
Burra River Gorge was a magnificent spot- the camping areas huge and deserted except for a couple in their big bus who had been here for almost a week and gave us a run down on the bird life and walks around the World's End biosphere park. They were originally from Lockleys SA but had lived on the road in their bus for 10 years.
It was inspiring to be in the Australian bush again with the birds and impressive gum trees; the gorgeous old River Red gums stood majestic and grand along the creek bed.
We decided not to light a campfire, mainly because we had no wood and secondly after a long walk around the park we closed ourselves into the van against a very cold evening and enjoyed a glass of red wine before dinner. Dinner was a warming chicken and chick pea stew!
Sheila had had a very early morning arising at 4am in Adelaide to watch the Europe Cup semi final between Spain and Portugal, Kath joined her only briefly and so we found ourselves yawning and ready for an early night at 8.30pm. The night was cold and windy but we slept well under the doona; we did have to brave the cold air for a pee around 1am and shivered as we admired the dark and starry sky. The joys of the nomadic life!
We were just 26 kms from Burra where we stopped for breakfast. Burra has a population of approx. 1000 and is one of Australia's oldest mining towns, with copper discovered there in 1845, the Monster Mine went on to become one of the world's richest mines.
The historic town is well preserved and we took a brief walk-about but it was very cold and windy so we climbed back into the van and drove to the old mine site for a great view and photos.
On the way out of town we located the Burra Homestead which has the distinction of being no.2 on the list of "100 best Views in Australia" according to Australian Traveller magazine! The cover of Midnight Oil's Diesel and Dust cd also features the Homestead! Of course we have included a photo here.
We left Burra and took the Barrier Highway to Broken Hill and so ends Blog no. 1 of our new Australian Adventure and we are loving being back on the road again! Yeah!!!