An amazing thing happened as we passed through the little towns of Parachilna and Blinman on our way Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Ranges today. They are both quite picturesque and have things likes underground mines to visit, but what was amazing to us was all the green grass everywhere. We’ve missed grass!!!! Liam wanted to get out of the car and roll in it.
Tempting as it sounded we didn’t stop until a lookout near Wilpena. The outside of the Pound walls are very beautiful with the rock contrasting with all the green paddocks below.
We stayed at the Wilpena Pound Resort Campground. Very green with lots of trees and grass; although the lady at reception told us they’d had 4 inches of rain two months before and prior to that everything was brown and the kangaroos were dying of thirst.
The campsites are strangely shaped and it was a bit difficult to figure out where to set up. I think our angle was wrong but the lovely couple who set up next to us didn’t seem to mind. Another afternoon spent battling the laundry.
Foggy and rainy when we got up followed by strong winds in the afternoon. The kids spent the morning playing at their “Bridge” in a nearby gully. They have great imaginations!
Cameron and I wandered over to the office to find out about the local walks, buy some ice and get some more change for the laundry. All the way through the trip washing machines cost $4 a load usually in $1 coins; here its $3.60 and you need both $1 coins and 20c pieces. 🙁 Would rather just pay $4 and not need the extra change.
The weather didn’t improve so we opted for movie afternoon in the tent. We set up the laptop on the tailgate and all crashed on the kids’ beds. It’s nice to be out of the wind for a while.
Gale force winds last night. Felt like we were going to blow away. Poor Cameron was up more than once in the night making sure the annex was secure. It was fine weather this morning so we walked to the lookouts in the Pound. The walk began with a pleasant walk along the river to the homestead.
After a snack we climbed up to both the lower and upper lookouts.
The whole walk was 8kms in total. I have to confess that we were a little underwhelmed when we reached the lookouts.
It was very pretty but not spectacular. I think we are a bit jaded after seeing the West McDonnell Ranges, Uluru, The Olgas and the giant escarpments of Kakadu. The couple camping next to us did one of the flights over the Pound which they said was fantastic. Perhaps it’s something that needs to be seen from the air to truly appreciate it?
Spent the afternoon back at camp as the weather deteriorated again. 🙁
Wet rainy night – broken sleep for Cameron again. Slightly soggy pack up but not too bad. We stopped at the Rawnsley lookout on our way out of the Flinders Ranges and finally realised what all the fuss about Wilpena Pound was about.
Rawnsley Station is outside the Pound and the view of the outer walls is beautiful. Coloured rock escarpments and green hills. If we ever come back here we’ll stay at Rawnsley Station in view of the Pound walls instead of Wilpena Pound Resort.
For now it’s time to head towards the mighty Murray River – Lake Hattah here we come.