At the Beautiful Valley Caravan and on the sides of roads in the area, we saw many pairs of the pretty Red Rumped Parrot.
Quite a bright green, with a turquoise head, you see the red rump as it flies. They love red gums!
They didn't seem that frightened, although I did have to zoom for a photo as they were wild Birds.
Just a few kms from Wilmington, on the Main North Road, is the Stony Creek River Bridge. It is located quite close to the Orroroo road turnoff.
Here, there are many beautiful Red Gums that in the morning and early evenings are full of screeching Sulphur Crested Cockatoos, either settling down for the night, or getting ready to head of in search of food.
These are White, with a lovely bright yellow crest, and are a nuisance to the farmers.
Where you see the River Red Gums near water, and with their leaves missing at the top, like the ones in my photo, you can be fairly sure to find Parrots roosting there at night.
These photos were taken a short walk away from the Beautiful valley caravan park.
I have put a photo of them feeding at home so you know what they look like close up.
The Wilmington heritage trail is signposted like other towns we had recently visited. There are 25 information plaques along the way, which cover more than 100 years of Wilmington's history.
Some we saw were the Catholic church, dating back to 1903, and across the road, was the Wilmington Anglican Church, built in 1885 to seat 148 Parishoners. This new Church was opened by the Bishop of Adelaide.
We drove around some of the streets, [there aren't many] and found some lovely old homes, the Police station which is now a private home, some old style shops and the lovely Soldiers Memorial Hall.
It was Sunday. We planned a big walk at a National Park so decided instead of cooking, we would have dinner at the Wilmington Hotel.
So, we returned from the walk, showered and dressed, and headed to the Hotel for a 6pm Dinner.
MMmm, not many cars here, and so we discovered, ON SUNDAYS THE HOTEL DOESN'T DO MEALS.
Where else could we get food, nowhere, the Town is as dead as a door nail, and so we head back to the Caravan park hungry. Lucky I had some tinned food!
Emerging from Hancock's L/out road, we turned left and followed the main north road [B56] down through Horrocks Pass in the souther Flinders Ranges.
The Pass was named after John Horrocks who travelled through the area with his party in August 1846 during his ill-fated exploration of land north of Spencer Gulf. Quite a nice drive for the passenger, concentration for the driver!
If you want to read the sad story on John Horrocks, check the website.
He is often remembered as the "PERSON WHO WAS SHOT BY HIS OWN CAMEL."
Leaving Wilmington behind, we head along the road to Port Augusta. Not far out of town, approx 5kms and on the LH side of the road, was a Brown tourist sign pointing to Hancock's Lookout.
I had previously read about this lookout, so we headed along this dirt road, winding our way around and up and down hills passing plenty of sheep along the way.
Finally, after 7kms we arrived, and what an incredible view we had over the surrounding area.
We could see Spencer gulf, Port Augusta, Whyalla and so much more.
The interpretive sign showed what we were looking at, and another gave the story on how the look-out was found, a really interesting story.
Come and enjoy the view!