Left the heat of the outback behind to travel south on the Lincoln and Flinders Highways around the Eyre Peninsula coastline.
Point Lowly lighthouse marking the entrance to the upper Spencer Gulf.
Cowell boardwalk over mangroves edging Franklin Harbour
Arno Bay jetty
Pelicans staying low in the strong northerly wind at Port Neill
Tumby Bay foreshore
Tuna farming at Port Lincoln
Woodcutters Bay, Lincoln National Park
Coffin Bay, famous for its oyster farms and national park
One of the many salt lakes along Flinders Highway
Elliston’s coastal drive thongs
Sea lion colony at Point Labatt
Streaky Bay, overlooking the only north facing jetty in South Australia.
Our last stop before crossing the Great Australian Bight was the Point Sinclair National Surfing Reserve.
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.
Photographs from the Wilpena Pound walks.
The following photographs are from the ancient, Sacred Canyon.
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.
Storm moving across Lake Menindee
On the Main Weir Road
A rainbow bee-eater
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.
Scenes from Kinchega National Park
Old Kinchega Woolshed
Sunset from our camp site
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.
The Line of Lode makes an imposing town silhouette
Broken Hill Trades Hall building from 1905
Browne’s wooden head frame dates back to 1890’s and is the oldest remaining head frame in Broken Hill
Landscape around Junction mine
Site of first hut built by Broken Hill mining company (who became BHP) May 1885.
Pro Hart gallery entrance (above) and Rolls Royce (below)
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.
Darling River (left), Murray River (right)
Thegoa reserve track
Old Wentworth Gaol
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.
These emus and galahs enjoyed the watering hole at Vigars Well.
Mobile dunes near watering hole.
Old Zanci Homestead site
Moved across the Murray to Buronga, gateway to Mungo National Park. Spent time river fishing with a few feathered friends and a quick bike ride through a maze of dirt tracks to the Mildura Weir.
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.
This goanna was a little camera shy
A local kite
A vineyard from Mildura, one of the largest wine regions in Australia
Enjoying the sandy beach at Apex Park
Travelled from Swan Hill to Mildura via Ultima, situated in the northern Victorian mallee country and central wheat belt. A special Ultima Centenary pays tribute to the faith and courage of the town’s pioneers.
Pental Island lies between the Murray River and Marraboor River (little Murray), about 5 km from Swan Hill.
Pental Island Holiday Park is part of a 160 hectare property that runs along the Murray
The property includes a historic shearing shed
and a ‘fun & fitness’ trail…..
…….there is also Mal, the Holiday Park’s sulphur crested cockatoo