Eyre Peninsula

Left the heat of the outback behind to travel south on the Lincoln and Flinders Highways around the Eyre Peninsula coastline.

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Point Lowly lighthouse marking the entrance to the upper Spencer Gulf.

Whyalla foreshore

Whyalla foreshore

Cowell Boardwalk over mangrove coastline

Cowell boardwalk over mangroves edging Franklin Harbour

Arno Bay jetty

Arno Bay jetty

Pelicans resting from weather at Port Neill

Pelicans staying low in the strong northerly wind at Port Neill

Tumby Bay

Tumby Bay foreshore

Blue fin tuna pens

Tuna farming at Port Lincoln

Lincoln National Park

Woodcutters Bay, Lincoln National Park

Coffin Bay

Coffin Bay, famous for its oyster farms and national park

Salt lake by Flinders Hwy

One of the many salt lakes along Flinders Highway

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Elliston’s coastal drive thongs

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Sea lion colony at Point Labatt

Cape Radstock near sea lion colony

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Sceale Bay

Sceale Bay

Streaky Bay

Streaky Bay, overlooking the only north facing jetty in South Australia.

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Our last stop before crossing the Great Australian Bight was the Point Sinclair National Surfing Reserve.

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Flinders Ranges

Flinders Ranges in spring; an ancient landscape full of new life and beauty. A walk to Hills Homestead, then up the steep, rocky slopes to Wangarra Lookout, before driving to Sacred Canyon and the Aboriginal Stone paintings of the Adnyamathanha people.

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Photographs from the Wilpena Pound walks.

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The following photographs are from the ancient, Sacred Canyon.

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Menindee

Flanked by the Darling River, Kinchega National Park and an overflow lake system, Menindee was a real highlight of our journey inland. From river red gums to sand dunes, water birds to emus, this place has it all.

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Storm moving across Lake Menindee

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On the Main Weir Road

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A rainbow bee-eater

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Lake Pamamaroo

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Burke and Wills expedition set up base camp at the Pamamaroo Creek, where the smaller group with Burke and Wills formed to continue their ill-fated journey north.

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Scenes from Kinchega National Park

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Old Kinchega Woolshed

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Sunset from our camp site

Broken Hill

One night stop at Broken Hill, or silver city included a look at some of the mining history and local arts. No cycling on this leg of the journey with temperature at 38C.

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The Line of Lode makes an imposing town silhouette

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Broken Hill Trades Hall building from 1905

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Browne’s wooden head frame dates back to 1890’s and is the oldest remaining head frame in Broken Hill

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Landscape around Junction mine

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Site of first hut built by Broken Hill mining company (who became BHP) May 1885.

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Pro Hart gallery entrance (above) and Rolls Royce (below)

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Wentworth (NSW)

A short drive to the oldest port on the Murray River and the place where the Murray and Darling rivers meet. After settling on the bank of the Darling River we rode the bikes along the Thegoa Lagoon and Reserve, saw where the rivers meet, toured Old Wentworth Goal, visited the museum and climbed the dunes of the Perry Sandhills (a famous filming location). A beautiful, tranquil place to rest for the night.

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Darling River (left), Murray River (right)

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Yellow rosella

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Thegoa reserve track

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Old Wentworth Gaol

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Perry Sandhills

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Mungo National Park

Today we went to Mungo National Park, part of the Willandra Lakes Heritage Area and traditional lands of Paakantyi, Mutthi Mutthi and Ngyiampaa people. A place with a rich, cultural history going back over 40,000 years ago. After being welcomed to country, we walked the Walls of China tour before driving the 70 km across the lake floor, saltbush, mallee country and dunes. A wonderful experience of a very special place.

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These emus and galahs enjoyed the watering hole at Vigars Well.

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Mobile dunes near watering hole.

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Old Zanci Homestead site

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Mildura (Vic)

Past two nights spent at Apex Park, Mildura by the Chaffey Bend  state forest. The caravan park was nestled among the river reds and opposite a broad, sandy beach on the banks of the Murray River.  A great bike path followed the river for miles. Well maintained and lots of wildlife.

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This goanna was a little camera shy

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Shingleback lizard

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A local kite

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A vineyard from Mildura, one of the largest wine regions in Australia

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Enjoying the sandy beach at Apex Park

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