Here we are in Quorn this evening. It is pouring rain so we are pleased to be settled in at the early hour of 4.00pm.
There is little else to say apart from the fact that it is very cold and wet. Luckily we are booked into the Quorn Caravan park with mains electricity and water.
There are a couple of trees within the park which are interesting. One is a young Eucalyptus Leucoxylon which has very deep red flowers, a much stronger red than the tree we have at Milawa. The other bush is quite spectacular. It is a type of Eremophila or Emu Bush, with a huge red flower. There are many types of this bush scattered through the deserts of Australia. I think this one has been propagated and planted in the area.
Monday, August 19th
Thankfully the weather has improved. 4 deg at dawn but a fine day to follow. We left our camp and headed off to explore the Conservation Park called Dutchman's Stern. We set off for quite a ong walk to the Terrace Viewpoint which is really only part way to the Dutchman's Stern. John walked the full distance to the Viewpoint, which was quite steep toward the end. I pulled out of the really steep section of the climb. This meant that I was able to enjoy the beautiful bush which was really showing a lot of spring flowers. The 'Queen' of the bush today was the beautiful 'Acacia quornensis' or commonly known as Quorn Wattle...seen here in full bloom.
The track today took us across the Hans Heyson Trail, named after the well known Australian Artist.
Suddenly we came across the Willochra Creek. It was flowing quite strongly and we could see a couple of lakes further down stream. It was a surprise to see water as the surrounding hills are very dry and rocky. Eventually this creek flows into Lake Torrens.
|Hans Heyson Trail seen through the bush|
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