Toot Toot Petersborough

Trip Start Sep 21, 2012
Trip End Oct 27, 2012

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Petersborough Caravan Park

Flag of Australia  , South Australia,
Friday, September 28, 2012

Once again we were up bright and early. I was up at 5.30am to get the good shower ahead of all the grey nomads. Last night I got the horrible shower which either burnt you or in my experience froze you. Not good when you were in the middle of washing your hair. When I got back from the showers I got everyone out of bed after making the hot chocolates & coffee ready for another pack up & early leave time.

We were on the road again at 7.00am. We filled up with petrol 1st $66.00 12.39 L/100km at $1.539 better fuel economy without towing the caravan for a couple of days. By the time we waited for the petrol bowser & turned around we left Broken Hill behind at 7.30am. It was warm, windy & raining when we left. Another straight road this time the surrounding areas started flat with only low lying scrubs. We made it to South Australia so had the quick photo stop off at the Welcome sign then our official 1st rest stop was at an extremely small town called Olary. It looked like the trains used to run thru here there was old train lines with wild flowers growing up through them. It was an extremely old looking Station. The only other main building here was a Hotel, of course. When we got out of our car it was freezing & windy but no more rain.

We left, hopping back in our car quickly & were on our way again. Just up the road we came across a family of Emus mum, dad & a rather cute little baby emu. I quickly made Jay stop so I could take their photo. I could only take them from a distance before they all ran across to the other side of the road one at a time. Back on the road again.

More extremely flat plains with low lying scrub which after awhile turned into red dry looking mountains in the distance. Sheep were scattered here & there. A few more emus were spotted.

We came across the fruit fly inspection area unfortunately we had to give up all our fruit & vegetables. Which didn’t really matter they were pretty much dead anyway. Just wished I could keep my potatoes & onions.

We made it to Petersborough by 11.47am. The 1st thing we saw when we arrived in town was the big Petersborough sign with a bridge & train statue behind. So of course another family photo. We filled up with petrol again $80 17.63L/100 very bad this time must of been the head wind. $1.549/L.  We headed straight to the caravan park. The owner here was very helpful & friendly. After setting up our van we waited about an hour before Ma & Pa arrived with their caravan.

I read a sign saying  the Indian Pacific train comes thru town at 1.30pm so checking with the caravan park attendant who let us know that, yes it does but it can come very early or very late so we arrived 30mins beforehand.
Travelling between the Indian and Pacific oceans for over 40 years, this truly is one of the world's great train journeys. Named after the two great oceans it joins and symbolised by the magnificent wedge-tailed eagle that so often soars above it, the mighty Indian Pacific traverses 4,352km (2,698 miles) between Perth and Sydney

Jay was extremely excited about this so as soon as 1pm hit we were in the car, finding the prime position to photograph it coming thru town. Which ended up being the abandoned train station. We weren’t really supposed to be on the platform as the sign up the road said No Trespassers but we accessed this further down with no signs. And we waited & waited & still waited. It was blowing a gale & was freezing cold. At 1.50pm a train line workman come up to us & said we weren’t really supposed to be here so when the train comes past stand well back & it was running about 20mins late. Well after awhile just before I turned into a snowman we made a decision to move our cars closer to the railway crossing & wait in the warmth of our car. Just as we crossed the line the train finally came. Yahoo. Took many photos as it crossed then headed into town for some lunch.

Our 1st stop off in town was Bob the Railway Dog statue near the train information building. This shopping centre has beautiful old buildings & murals painted beside some of them.

We had a lovely lunch. Burgers for Jay & I, Braiden had the biggest BLT which was a sub & a & Bella had bacon & egg roll. They were all delicious. By this time we were all exhausted cold & wind blown so decided to return to our caravans & rest up for the rest of the afternoon.

We  made a quick detour on the way home when we saw a sign saying lookout. Followed the direction of the signs & piled out of the car with the grumbles of Bella & had a small bush walk to the lookout. If it wasn’t blowing a gale up here it would be spectacular 360o views seeing for miles around.

One of Peterborough’s newest tourist attractions is “Greg Duggan Nature
Reserve”, situated at the top of “Tank Hill”. Named after Greg Duggan, one of
South Australia’s most gifted, and knowledgeable, amateur naturalists, this 10
hectare Reserve is home to a wide range of local flora and fauna, with several
species of Native plants found there being extremely rare in South Australia.

Now its rest & relax time.
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