Missile Launch of Woomera

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

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Woomera Day 12

We left behind the beautiful Flinders Ranges today. I could of stayed here for another week it is so spectacular, breathtaking & so much wild life. I was in photographic heaven for 3 days not knowing which way to point my camera.

We were up bright & early 5am for me & 6am for the rest of our caravan. Packed up & hit the road at 7.15am. As we were leaving Wilpena Pound Kangaroos were jumping everywhere. One silly one jumped in front of our car a few times not knowing which way to turn, luckily we had slowed right down so he wasn't hit. We even have the Roo Whistles on our car which may of caused the confusion.

We headed back through Hawker & on to Port Augusta. On the way we spotted heaps of kangaroos & sheep over the road. We came to some old ruins. The 1st had a beautiful mountain view behind with an old timber tree fence.

Next we came to Wilson, surveyed in 1881. This looked like it once was a beautiful large homestead. It had a huge well in front.

The next big ruins was Kanyaka Homestead. Built in 1862. This site was huge & well sign posted, it had the appearance of a small village. If only these walls could talk there sure would be some great stories. It also doubled as a post office. There was even a surgery in the house. I took photos of every angle. It was just gorgeous.

We then came to the lovely little quaint town of Quorn. The Pichi Richi Railway was here. Built in approximately 1905. As we arrived the steam train just pulled in. Passengers were boarding for a10.30am  train trip. We left 20mins before it took off. It would have been great seeing the steam train through some of the hills & stone bridges we went under.

We came to Port Augusta. The last time we will see the ocean for quite a while. Really didn’t leave that much of an impression.

The Stuart Highway is now the road we’ll be on till we head for Mt Isa. The 1st part of the trip was through bushes. Then a lot of interesting burnt looking trees in strange shapes. We passed thru some salt pans. A couple of mountains in the distance. Some could pass as Mini Uluru. We came across our 1st lot of road trains with 4 carriages. Another truck took up half our side of the road with its huge machinery load.

Most of the Stuart highway was barren, only small scrubby bushes everywhere. We saw a lot of cows & calf's deceased on the side of the road I think more likely starving than road kill, there is just nothing around here to eat or drink.

We arrived at Woomera at 1.30pm. Set up our vans. It’s a small park with a gravel road & camp spots. We headed into town & had a quick look around. Woomera is the largest land-based missile and rocket range in the western world. Hence the parks around here have heaps of rockets on display. An hour & we were done seeing the town. So back to our caravans for Happy Hour. At 5pm the smallest bar I have ever seen opened & we're all headed over for a drink. Cudgee Bar is on face book for anyone who wants a look.

We came back after a few drinks cooked tea & ate watching a beautiful sunset. Didn’t take my camera out so you’ll just have to take my word for it.
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