Picture of Rawnsly Bluff, Wilpena Pound, Flinders Ranges National Park
I have to mention the achievements of our two girls Hannah (9) and Gemma (8). Our
23 km walk to the summit of St Mary’s peak was hard enough for us oldies but
the girls managed without a whisper of complaint. The views from the peak make all
the hard work worth while.
360 degree panorama of The Flinders Ranges from St. Mary’s Peak
Rough roads skirt the perimeter of Wilpena Pound and through the many gorges of
the Ranges. The views from Razorback lookout over Bunyeroo Gorge is one the parks
highlights. The walls of the Pound and the Hysen Ranges glow a multitude of red
hues as the sun slips over the horizon at first light.
Razorback lookout, Bunyeroo Gorge, Flinders Ranges National Park
Crescent Moon over Wilpena Pound
The Oodnadatta Track
Map of Oodnadatta Track
It’s now time for us to head off-road and onto the Oodnadatta Track.
Once part of the famed Ghan railway line running from Adelaide to Darwin, the re-routing
of the line in 1981 saw populations along the route diminish leaving behind ghost
towns and relics of a bygone era.
The track for us starts at the town of Marree. Here I’ve used a ‘painting
by light’ technique to capture an abandoned diesel loco that is slowly being
reclaimed by the desert. The process involves a long exposure, enabling me to walk
around the engine ‘painting’ with my torch. The inclusion of a shining
moon really sets the scene.
Abandoned Loco, Marree, Oodnadatta Track
William Creek and Lake Eyre
The largest lake in Australia (when full), Lake Eyre is a spectacle that is seen
best from the air. We charted a small plane and was taken aloft by our superb pilot
Sarah for an unforgettable flight over the lake. From the air the scale of the lake
becomes apparent – a salt pan the size of Belgium. Our flight took us over
the southern end of North Lake Eyre, from arid stock pens onto the blinding salt
My aim was to capture some of the abstract patterns formed by the receding waters,
scenes akin to another planet.
Lake Eyre Salt Pan
Lake Eyre Aerial Photography Details
Our final stop on the Track took us to the Painted Desert at Arckaringa Station.
The beautiful outcrops of rock
glow with subtle hues in the pre-dawn light. The colours are created from the effects of erosion from
an ancient inland sea, the residue and the leaching of minerals in the soil create
a wonderful >mosaic of
Pre-dawn light in the Painted Desert, Arckaringa homestead
Sunset at the Painted Desert
Leaving the desert behind brings mixed feeling. Such a beautiful landscape far from
the trappings of our normal lives but harsh in the scorching summer sun. Our final
day in Coober Pedy brings temperatures of 45 degrees, a perfect cue for us to head
Part 1 – Country and Outback NSW
Part 2 – Pictures of the Oodnadatta Track
Part 3 – Pictures of Kangaroo Island
Part 4 – Pictures of Murray River
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