30/10 – 31/10/2013
One last trip into the outback of South Australia. Ironically we began our trip with an off-road 4 wheel drive excursion and it seems we are ending almost the same way. Shane’s mind has not been changed – he does not enjoy 4 wheel driving at all!
First we walk up over and around Polda Rock then have a look at Mount Wundinna both are granite rocks set in the middle of wheat farming land. It’s nice to know I have climbed yet another mountain and the view is fantastic. There are so many of these granite rocks around and they form so many different shapes, sizes – all are unique. Many were used to capture water for early settlers. Around Pildappa Rock we go and it is quite interesting as it is another wave rock in the making – probably just a million years to go but well worth a look. The colours and patterns of the lichens growing on the shaded rock surface look like intricately laced doilies spreading out over the black background in shades of pink and white.
The Gawler Rangers are next on our hit list, more granite out crops Tcharkulda Rock which also has a old ruin of a settlers cottage, and then it’s four wheel driving out to the Pipe Organ formations. They really are something special to see and as the sun is high, the sky at its bluest, the colours are true to form vivid reds, orange, black and creams against the green and grey shrubs – the brilliance of the Australian bush. We also explore the Yandinga falls but with no rain for some time the causeways are dry – what a sight it would be with water gushing down these rocks but then I doubt if we would have been able to make the road trip.
This area is quite untouched, the roads are rough and only the most inquisitive travellers make it here – I’m sure that will change in the future as more people want to see it. There are some really good campsites at Tcharkulda Rock – just something for future reference.