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Oodnadatta Track, William Creek, Lake Eyre (Kati Thanda)

Enjoyed warm hospitality and great outback access at William Creek, South Australia. Located on the Oodnadatta Track, William Creek offers close proximity to the remnants of the Ghan railway and overland telegraph, Sid Kidman’s Anna Creek and Lake Eyre (Kati Thanda). The traditional owners of the land, Arabunna co-manage the Kati Thanda – Lake Eyre National Park. A highlight of our visit was the William Creek flight over North Lake Eyre and the Anna Creek Painted Hills.

Oodnadatta Track

Oodnadata track

Oodnadata track cycling

William Creek

William Creek main

1 air strip sunrise


Wc by air


The Anna Creek Painted Hills

3 Anna Ck Painted Hills (2)

4 Anna Ck Painted Hills

Lake Eyre North



Lake Eyre South

Lake Eyre South

Salt bed LES

Beresford ruins (and current residents)

OTk B Ruin

OT Beresford Ruins

OTk Galag Bere Ruins

Ruin Swallows

Zebra finch

Telegraph line

Overland telegraph pole

Stuart Creek

OTk Stuart Ck

Margaret Creek

OTk Margaret Creek


Pimba to Coober Pedy

After Port Pirie we travelled north along the Stuart Highway, passing the southern end of Andamooka Ranges before reaching the town of Pimba, the plains of the Woomera Protected Area and opal mining town, Coober Pedy. The highway was framed by mallee scrub, saltbush, saltlakes and distant horizons.  We stopped to look at Island Lagoon, Pimba. At Coober Pedy, the mining landscape and underground homes contrasted with a beautiful flush of seasonal wild flowers.

Island Lagoon

Island Lagoon, Pimba SA

Coober Pedy

Coober Pedy entrance

dirt mounds

William Rd view Coober Pedy

Wildflowers near CP


Port Pirie, South Australia

Port Pirie, last stop before we head inland. Located at the top of the Spencer Gulf, Port Pirie enjoys stunning views of the Southern Flinders Ranges. It has enormous grain silos by the wharf and claims the world’s largest lead smelter, which I have photographed below at sunset. We experienced clear, sunny days and cool nights here. Port Pirie and surrounds are home to the Nukunu people.

Port Pirie jetty

Port Pirie view from our caravan

Above is the view from our caravan!

Port Pirie Wheat Silos

Port Pirie smelter view from caravan twilight

Southern Forests: Manjimup to Denmark

From Manjimup to Walpole, the great southern forest region of Western Australia is home to the gigantic Karri and Tingle forests. The coastline features picturesque inlets and beautiful granite beaches. We also enjoyed touring the vineyards around Denmark.

Karri forests

Karri Forests near Manjimup

Diamond Tree 51m near Manjimup

Diamond Tree at 51m high is the third tallest that visitors to the area can climb. View from top (below)

view from top of the diamond tree



Twenty Eight

Twenty eight parrot

Newdegate Island Nornalup Inlet

Newdegate Island at Nornalup Inlet


Chorizema plants common in the forests

kookaburra young

Local kookaburra

votg walk

Valley of the Giants treetop walk

Tingle tree

Tingle trees

Tingle base

Tingle bark

Denmark ocean beach

Denmark Ocean beach above and mouth of Wilson Inlet below

Denmark mouth of Wilson Inlet

Green’s Pool, William Bay National Park below

Green's Pool William Bay NAt Park Denmark

Mandurah to Augusta

The south west coast of Western Australia is full of wonderful coastal parks and attractions.


These thrombolites live at Lake Clifton, Yalgorup National Park, south of Mandurah.  Formed by microorganisms, these ancient rock formations only exist in a few places in the world.

colourful spider

This little, colourful Jewel Spider was one of a clutter living between branches of the Tuart forest.


Beautiful Bunbury city view above and beach, below.

Bunbury beach

Busselton jetty old and new

Busselton Jetty above and its famous train below, for those who don’t want to walk 1.8km to the end of the jetty. Some of the old jetty is still standing and supports a colourful underwater reef.

Train on jetty

The underwater observatory attracted a curious bat fish, below.


bird on jetty


The wonderful Ngili Caves near Yallingup with their amazing stalactite, stalagmite and shawl formations.

Caves 2

LN Nat Park

Coastal views along the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park

LN beach rocks

Cape L lighthouse

Cape Leeuwin, the most south-westerly corner of Australia and home of the tallest lighthouse on the Mainland.

pirate cow

Aside from it’s pirate cow (?), the Cape is also famous as being the point of land that joins two oceans:  the Southern and Indian Oceans.