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Miners dugouts
Today we would spent most of the morning in Burra continuing on with our historical tour before moving on to Wilpena Pound in the southern half of the Flinders Ranges National Park. To finish off our history tour, we visited the old Unicorn Brewery cellars, police lockup and stables, miners dugouts which are basically dugouts in the side of cliffs along a dried up river bed and housed around 1800 people. The dugouts showed what hardship was those days as they suffered disease from lack of hygiene. We visited the old Redruth Jail which later became a girls reformatory in the 1900's.

After lunch we continued north to Wilpena Pound and the landscape was still green.
Miners dugouts
We stopped on the way at Yourambulla Aboriginal art caves and did a walk up to the caves. The Aboriginal art consisted of handprints and line drawings.  We arrived at Wilpena late afternoon and set up our camp in the Wilpena camping resort.  It was a nice campground at the foot of the Pound itself, when we checked in, the staff told us there was a movie being made called the Last Ride starring Hugo Weaving (Elrond out of Lord of the Rings) so there may be early morning noise!  Well there was no early morning noise but the film crew did a pretty good job of making themselves known that evening with playing Kevin 'Bloody' Wilson as loud as the volume would go! Lucky enough they were down the other end of the park with the powered sites but we could still hear it.  People with caravans and campers parked down that end with the film crew must of got annoyed in the end because it went quiet all of a sudden! We just enjoyed sitting around our camp fire that night, the sky was clear with stars not surprising as it was bloody cold! I went to bed dressed in layers, wearing a beanie plus having a hot water bottle and I still froze my ass off most of the night!!


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Miners dugouts
Miners dugouts
Miners dugouts
Miners dugouts
Unicorn Brewery
Unicorn Brewery
View of the Flinders Ranges from Y…
View of the Flinders Ranges from …
View from Yourambulla Caves
View from Yourambulla Caves
Yourambulla Caves
Yourambulla Caves
Yourambulla Caves
Yourambulla Caves
Aboriginal art,Yourambulla Caves
Aboriginal art,Yourambulla Caves
Yourambulla Caves
Yourambulla Caves
Aboriginal art,Yourambulla Caves
Aboriginal art,Yourambulla Caves
Aboriginal art,Yourambulla Caves
Aboriginal art,Yourambulla Caves
Lizard on the path to Yourambulla …
Lizard on the path to Yourambulla…
View of Wilpena Pound from a looko…
View of Wilpena Pound from a look…
View of Wilpena Pound from a looko…
View of Wilpena Pound from a look…
Our camp site at Wilpena Pound
Our camp site at Wilpena Pound
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