For a little slice of one of Australia's most beautiful wildness parks head to Wilpena Pound. The park offers many walking trails from the very easy to challenging. There are 13 in total and you can get a guide leaflet from the headquarters. The park, covering over 8000 hectares, consists of ragged red low mountain terrain, flat plains and lush bushland that plays host to many birds and wildlife. The gum trees alone are worth the visit. Majestic gum trees tower above you, many twisted in unusual shapes. This large gum pictured had fallen across a river bank and my daughter found it a little hard to resist. Her and her Dad balanced there way to the other side. Being scared of heights myself I let out a sigh of relieve when they had finished their fun.
Stop at Kanyaka and the Death Rock aboriginal site. Today it is on the heritage list. Kanyaka means "a piece of rock" Walk along the path to you come to a small cluster of intresting shaped rock formations. This is a great place to strech the legs and take a few photos. This area is teaming with flies so dont forget the insect repellent! Just a short walk further is the Kanyaka Waterhole.
Bilnman is a small town in the Flinders Ranges. Its Hotel was built in 1869. Its a great little Aussie pub with a good atmosphere and interesting decor. The walls are covered with business cards from all over Australia and the world. When we were there they were in the middle of the outback cook off which pitches contestants against each other to see who makes the best meal over a campfire.
The Hotel also offers accommodation.
The Flinders has an abundance of wildlife. We saw a variety of lizards, eagles, parrots, both grey and red kangaroos, bower birds, emus, and of course being a rural area there where lots of sheep. Take care when driving at night as Kangaroos frequently jump in front of on coming cars as you will see by the many poor victims that line the sides of the roads.
The Flinders Ranges are about 220kms out of Adelaide. The region offers a spectacular outback experience. In a few hours of driving you get an ever changing view. Flat arid paddocks, rolling hills which are home to large birds of prey, dense bushland, gorges with huge ghost gums and tiny wildflowers. The main attraction however is majestic cliffs that glow at sunset. There are a host of things to do but the best way to see all the area is by 4WD. There are many dirt tracks that lead to great attractions such as Razor back lookout, Appealinna Ruins, Cazneaux Tree, The China wall, and not to be missed Brachina Gorge. But if you dont have a 4WD there are many tour operators in the area who offer a range of ways to get around. There are bus tours, plane flights, tag alongs, camel and horse treks or you can hire a vehicle to self drive. If you are visiting the area in just a normal car you wont miss out as most major attractions such as Wilpena Pound are accessed by bitumen roads.
Take care to stick to public roads as farmers dont take to kindly to tourists stomping around their land but having said that some do offer access with a fee attached. Most landowners who offer this service advertise it so look for fliers or brochures at such places as the Wilpena Pound visitors centre and at shops and petrol stations.
There is a variety of accommodation in the Flinders from 5 star resorts, or homestead stays, to bush camping within the park itself.
You will have to pay an entry fee to visit the national park which varies depending on your length of stay. For a day pass its about $7AUD. Look for the registration points at the entrances to the park.
All Emergencies 000
Police (Hawker) (61 8) 8648 4028
Hospital (Hawker) (61 8) 8648 4007
Ambulance 132 962
Department for Environment and Heritage After-hours Emergency 0408 378 28
Monument to Moses Bendle Garlick who built, In 1851, the Baptist church known as Uley Chapel at a cost of 400 pounds. The Uleybury School was built in 1856 due to the efforts of Moses Bendle Garlick and he was also a soldier who served in the peninsular campaign.
Some of the stones remaining in the cemetery.
pic 1. Guy aged 7, died 1899
pic 2. Edna aged 17, died 1883
pic 3. Annie aged 50, died 1879
pic 4. Mary died 1915
pic 5. Spencer, who died in 1880 while rescuing another from drowning.
Moses Bendle Garlick from Uley in Gloucestershire, United Kingdom settled here in 1837 and named it after his homeland. He was a devout Baptist and lay preacher. He built the Uley Chapel in 1851. Uley Chapel was destroyed in 1981 by a bunch of idiot teenagers. It was so incredible sad to see the tombstones smashed. Stones that dated back to Uley's first settles. Today there are a few stones left and the front wall was rebuilt using the stone chapels.
Sheoak Beach Road is a very enjoyable way to see the York Peninsular coast. The cliffs are home to many seabirds while the countryside above them is inhabited by birds of prey, finches and small reptiles. The beaches below a spectacular with white sand aginst the red rock cliffs. Look out for the stair case that gives access to the beach.
The lighthouse sits on Troubridge hill. To get there take the scenic dirt track that weaves along the ocean shore. The lighthouse has been around since 1856 but was replaced with a new version in 1980. The light house warns sailors about the Troubridge Shoal and nearby Marion Reef. Edithburgh has a history of trouble shipwrecks that have claimed many lives.
The Devil's nose has a few nice places to do bouldering. Its probably only good for beginners but its a beautiful place and my husband enjoys getting in a little climbing practice as well as some bushwalking.
The offices grave are found about halfway down the cemetery. The ship left Pt Adelaide in the morning and it is unknown why it sank. They are surrounded by pioneers graves some of who succumbed to the harsh life they were living.
In 1909 a ship was wrecked off the coast of Troubridge Hill. It was the worst disaster seen by Edithburgh. 40 lives were lost while 24 survivors managed to make it ashore. 36 of the sailors were buried at the local cemetery in unmarked graves. The crew was mostly of Indian descent, so in keeping with the racist views of the time they were buried in unmarked graves at the back of the cemetery. Very sad. The local people of Edithburgh thought so too so they have restored the sight and added a sign as a mark of respect.
Edithburgh cemetery is very interesting place to visit if you like historical sites. Here you will find pioneer tombstones, many of them German, that date right back to the 1800s. It is also the final resting place of the unknown sailors 'The Clan Randal', 40 in all, who lost their lives when their ship sank off Troubridge Hill in 1909.
Edithburgh is a lovely place to spend a weekend. A small country town nestled on the the Yorke Peninsula with about 450 residents. The town itself is popular among boat owners because of it launching facilities. It is also a good place to fish, from the jetty or off the cliffs at Troubridge. Stunning beaches, with white sand, that are protected by high cliff walls are just a short drive from the town centre.
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