Located quite close to the Wilpena Pound turn-off, is a parking/picnic area.
Somebody has had some fun with a rock, quite clever really. They have painted white lines over the large rock and it really looks like a Bull dog!
I've got a thing about eucalypts. I've travelled to a few countries around the world and, when I'm there, one thing I miss is our gum trees; although it's not uncommon to glimpse a few around the Mediterranean.
Fondest memory: The second tree shown here is one of my all time favourites. It had been a few years since I last visited the area and I went searching for it again and it was still there, charismatic as ever.
The Cazneaux Tree is probably the most famous. Harold Cazneaux lived from 1878 to 1953, born in New Zealand to Australian parents, and was an outstanding photographer who believed that every shot should be a work of art.
An image taken in 1937 of this very tree (pic 4) and entitled "The Spirit of Endurance" is one of his most endearing works. I wished that I had more time to capture the right light (early morning is best) but time didn't allow.
In May 1941 Cazneaux wrote,
This giant gum tree stands in solitary grandeur on a lonely plateau in the arid Flinders Ranges, South Australia, where it has grown up from a sapling through the years, and long before the shade from its giant limbs ever gave shelter from heat to white men. The passing of the years has left it scarred and marked by the elements - storm, fire, water, - unconquered, it speaks to us from a Spirit of Endurance. Although aged, its widespread limbs speak of a vitality that will carry on for many more years. One day, when the sun shone hot and strong, I stood before this giant in silent wonder and admiration. The hot wind stirred its leafy boughs, and some of the living elements of this tree passed to me in understanding and friendliness expressing The Spirit of Australia.
The gorge is an important refuge for the Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby as well as many species of birds and reptiles. The Brachina Gorge Geological Tour is a 20 km self-guided trail that passes through 130 million years of earth history. Trail signage provides an insight into past climates, the formation of the ranges and the evolution of early life forms. The trail is best travelled from east to west, commencing at the Brachina Gorge/Blinman Road junction. A geological map and more detailed information on the Brachina Gorge Geological Trail is available from the Wilpena Pound Visitor Centre.
Fondest memory: After you cross the range preceding the gorge which is almost barren it comes as a refreshing surprise to encounter picturesque river gums and trickling streams set amidst backdrops of rock that blazes red when the sun caresses it at the right angle.
During normal seasons you will cross the stream a few times but it usually isn't that deep as shown in the fifth picture.