Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby Wilpena

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

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Wilpena Pound Day 11

Woke up with a headache at 5am but panadol soon fixed that. Did the usual housework items. When I got back from the washing machine Jay & Bella were feeding a kangaroo with a joey in its pouch some bread, just behind our caravan. I don't know how the joey managed to get its head, feet & tail out of the pouch all at the same time. At 10.30am the cavalry set out to travel 130km to a Hotel. Yes that's right some of us drive that far to try a feral animal lunch.

On our way to Parachilna there were many stop overs the 1st was Old school ruins on a hill with fantastic views to the mountain range behind. We photographed it from every angle. There was dead sheep bones inside, mum found a dead lizard's head with its mouth opened & a dead hawk. Across the road from here were some more interesting ruins. So out of the car & more photos. Back on the road through Hawker & onto the main highway. The views along the highway were always so spectacular of Wilpena Pound mountain range. Farms of sheep in the flat plains infront of the mountains.

We took a scenic 4wd side road detour. We headed into Wilpena Pound. From a distance I thought all the mountains were one giant mountain but driving through it, it turned out to be lots of smaller hills spread around. There were a lot of old ghost gums. We spotted a couple more emus. We stopped at an 1870s restored Bullock Yards, for a look. Very interesting. Not much further along we came to a dead end so we turned around & headed to Parachilna Hotel. Only another ruin with another scenic view was taken on the way.

We finally arrived at the Pairie Hotel, it was hot. Flies were breeding great around here. Jay purchased some drinks & he tried a Fargher Lager. We then ordered some lunch. I had chips, Braiden a steak burger, Bella wedges & Jay had the Feral Feast it consisted of Camel sausages, Kangaroo steak & Emu steak. He totally enjoyed it. I tasted them all they weren't too bad camel was a real strong taste the emu the mildest like a steak. But I felt awful eating our National Code of Arms.

After a lovely stop off at the Hotel we headed back the 130km this time detouring into Brachina Gorge we thought we would have a 2nd try.  Along the dirt road again more spectacular views.

We came around another bend to the most spectacular huge towering red cliffs with layered rocks jagged back in angles. Trees growing out of the red rocks. Photos just don't show how high up these cliff faces were. We walked around here for awhile looking at all the loose rocks on the ground so many different colours & shapes. The pink rocks were very light when you picked them up. A huge bull ant crawling over the rocks, glad I didn't get bitten by him. Many photos later we moved on. Around the next corner was another emu mum with her chicks next to the

Around the next corner we came across The Rare Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby. Bella spotted the 1st one. We then found another 6 jumping over the rocks when they were still I found them, they were very hard to spot. I was in heaven they were so cute jumping all over the place. So many photos. After quite awhile I was finally dragged away & back in the car.

Around a couple more bends more emus were spotted, these looked like teens another bend & we were back to the place we blew the 2nd tyre, bugger we were so close yesterday.

Back straight home we saw heaps more flocks of emus, more wallabies. I had taken so many photos I didn't take anymore. Back at camp we had a visitor in our garbage, he had ripped a hole in the garbage bag & spread the rubbish out.

We are now relaxing via the fire unmotivated to cook tea.

Our time in Wilpena Pound has been brilliant. So many fantastic views, animals & ruins to feast on.
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