August 21st 2019
|Sturt's Desert Pea against a wall in the park|
Quite a short drive this morning along a gravel road which took us through several station properties, so there was some gate opening to do. The hills varied from rounded slopes to cliff tops ragged with rocks. Some areas must have had a little rain because there was a short picking of green grass showing across the land. We saw only a few sheep and kangaroos that would enjoy it. Many areas only consisted of stones. There would be little joy for landowners in the Flinders area. We saw our first mirage for this trip so that generally indicates dry and hot. It is not really hot today but is certainly much warmer. We always love seeing the huge Wedge Tailed Eagles as they fly up from the ground showing off their feathered legs which, to me , look like trousers!
|Red flowering Emu bush with silver leaves.|
Part of these roads we were on actually formed the Hans Heyson Trail which is a long distance walking trail in South Australia. It runs from Parachilna Gorge, in the Flinders Ranges via the Adelaide Hills to Cape Jervis on the Fleurieu Peninsula and is approximately 1200 km in length.
The road into Hawker led us along the remains of old Ghan railway line. The Station has been had a remake and is now a Restaurant. We are booked to have a meal there this evening. We are parked in the Hawker Caravan Park for 2 nights. There are some really pretty desert bushes growing and flowering here.