Mount Wudinna is located 12kms from the town of Wudinna. All you need to do is look for the Brown Tourist sign in town and follow the road known as the Mount Wudinna Tourist Drive.
The drive goes past many interesting granite outcrops including the Polda Rocks which are 7 km outside of town, the Pygery Rocks which are 8 km, Little Mount Wudinna (9 km), Turtle Rock (12 km), Mount Wudinna (12 km), Peella Rock (30 km), and Corrobinnie Hill (32 km), all impressive granite outcrops which were probably formed over 1500 million years ago.
Mt. Wudinna, happpens to be THE SECOND LARGEST MONOLITH IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA at 261 metres high. In 1844, when explorer John Charles Darke passed through the area looking for good pastoral lands, he found the Mountain. Sadly, he was fatally speared a short time later by Aborigines at Waddikee, between the present day sites of Kyancutta and Kimba.
This road in April 2012, was in terrible condition, it was corrugated the whole way making the journey very slow and uncomfortable, not good for our backs or for the car.
Sturt's Desert Pea is the floral emblem for South Australia
This native plant was found by William Dampier off the coast of Western Australia in 1699. He collected the seed, and took it home to England, nowadays, this can't be done, it's protected.
The botanical name for the plant is Willdampia formosa or Swainsona formosa, its common name came from the explorer Charles Sturt, who saw vast quantities of them when he was exploring the central regions of South Australia.
The natural habitat of the Sturt's Desert Pea was once much wider than it is now. It grows extremely well in hot, arid conditions, elsewhere, it's hard to grow.
I think it is one of our prettiest native plants, and lucky for me, some was growing at the "Farmers Statue" and was in flower!
For me, this huge Granite Sculpture was the best sight in Wudinna.
The Australian Farmer is also known as the Big Farmer. I think it's much too nice to be classified with the more tacky "big" things.
The statue is located on the Eyre Highway, so you have to drive past, only don't, stop and have a look at this lovely piece of work. A Croatian artist and his son were hired to do the sculpture which they hand carved out of the local granite.
The statue is 8 metres high and weighs about 70 tonnes. It represents the early Farmers/Settlers of the region and the grain and sheep grown in this region.
Taking time to view the statue from all sides, you can see that the top represents the sun, while in the body are carved grain crops. Sheep are placed at the foot of the statue, representing the sheep farmers in the district as well as creating the feet of the figure when viewed from a distance.
A great statue