Toot Toot Petersborough
Trip Start Sep 21, 2012
37Trip End Oct 27, 2012
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Petersborough Caravan Park
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
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
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
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 ½ & 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.