After finally returning from that extensive walk along the jetty we started heading Northwards to the Flinder Ranges. Our first camp was in a National Park at a place called Warren Gorge. It was a beautiful spot and we set up camp not far from the waterhole, where there was actually a small amount of water. This gave us the perfect spot to get a look at all the animals coming for a drink, although as soon as I tried to take a picture they would disappear so I soon gave up and just enjoyed the view. Dave however was a little luckier.
Are you looking at me???
Now take my sad eye look!!!!
Somt of the locals were not as shy and I fellin love with the little Apostle birds, they have no fear!!
They would come right up to us for something then fight each other at our feet.
One morning we decided to take a walk up the gorge to see what was written on a plaque we could see through the binnoculars. I didnt realise how steep the climb would be or how high - I stopped on the way back to look down on the camp.
It doesn't look as steep inthe photo, and yes - it was cold!
After we left Warren Gorge we headed into the Flinders Ranges and found the ruins of the olk Kanyaka Homestead and Woolshed.
All through SA so far we have seen lots of really old buildings, many of which are still in use and a lot of ruins, especially in the countryside. Sometimes a proposed town that was going to be the heart of Australia, only to become forgotten as time passed by - eg Simmonston!! It is great that there is signage on so many of these ruins that tells the story behind the remains!!!
This place was like a rabbit warren with a vast array of buildings and rooms
And these pretty substantial walls have weathered the years well.
The cobblestone pathways were great - this one led to the toilet!!
Down over the hill we drove to the Woolshed and shearers quarters, expecting a small building or two but were suprised to see a building to rival the homestead and still in pretty good repair considering
All those small openings are for the sheep to leave by after they were shorn.
Over the back were the shearers quarters and they must have been men of large appetites.
Check out the shearers cooks oven.....
Where I am standing is beside the oven, not the kitchen, its like a huge pizza oven and given a roof, I imagine it would still work perfectly well today.
We stayed in Hawker at another nice camp. There is a great artists galley in Hawker with a panorama painting of the Flinders Ranges.....Do yourselves a favour if you ever go there and check it out!!
The campgrounds are pretty nice too.
We must have taken hundreds of photos while we have travelled through the ranges but none of them really does justice to the views...the colours as they change throughout the day, the different rock formations and just the feeling of the place......you should just check them out for yourselves!!
Check you later...