North to the Gammon Ranges

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Creek at Wilpena Pound
Well after a good nights sleep, although not for Vaughan since I pinched his blue mat! He insisted on having it back since he got cold in the night!  So I bought a self inflating mattress from the campground shop, if that didn't keep me warm then nothing would.  We packed up camp and went for a walk to the old Wilpena homestead which was only about a 4 km round trip from the campground.  The boys pottered on ahead to do their Geocaching and Gay and I strolled on behind.  We walked along a stony track which ran parallel to a lovely creek, a little further up was a billabong which looked like a pool of caramel. We caught up with the boys at the old homestead, had a quick look around and headed back together. On the way back we stumbled across a scene being shot along side the creek from the 'Last Ride' movie being made.
Pool of caramel at Wilpena Pound
As we neared the scene being shot we were told to stop walking by one of the film crew as our crunching footsteps were becoming part of the movie!  in fact for the next 50 metres we were constantly told to stop and start walking!! I did crane my neck as we went past to see if I could see Hugo Weaving but I didn't see him.  We did get a chance to speak to the film crew and asked them how much filming they achieved in a day, 3 mins was all they achieved on average, no wonder it takes so long to make movies! 

After lunch we headed north towards the Gammon Ranges which was around 100 km drive.  We took our time and stopped here and there to look at things.  One place we stopped was Chambers Gorge, another very dry place but with some lovely coloured rock formations and some more Aboriginal art.
Someone has a sense of humour!
   As we moved further north, the scenery started to change quite dramatically and I could only describe it as looking like Mars with its red gibber planes and rusty coloured hills. 

We weren't sure where we would be camping tonight, whether it would be the small village of Arkaroola or in the National Park but a couple of flat tyres, first Glen then a couple of kms later we get a flat, which determined that we would be camping in the National Park!  The dusty camp ground was empty apart from another couple with a small tent.  We set up camp, got the fire going and enjoyed the evening sitting around it and admiring the incredible night sky.  It was like sitting in a planetarium, I've never seen a sky so beautiful, the Milky Way was so clear and you could even see a couple of other puffs of white cloud which were home to another couple of galaxies.  I walked about hundred metres away from the fire to get an even better view of the sky and I was seeing shooting stars left right and centre.  It was just the most amazing sight and one I will remember for years to come.


margmack says:
I know what you mean about the night sky!!! Stunning. I slept out in a swag on our trip and we were lucky enough to have full moon which actually decreases the amount of star gazing but is SOOOOOO beautiful!
Posted on: Oct 04, 2008
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Creek at Wilpena Pound
Creek at Wilpena Pound
Pool of caramel at Wilpena Pound
Pool of caramel at Wilpena Pound
Someone has a sense of humour!
Someone has a sense of humour!
Wilpena homestead
Wilpena homestead
Wilpena homestead
Wilpena homestead
Aboriginal sacred site
Aboriginal sacred site
Wilpena Pound
Wilpena Pound
Film crew toilets!
Film crew toilets!
Flinders Ranges
Flinders Ranges
Flinders Ranges
Flinders Ranges
Flinders Ranges
Flinders Ranges
Flinders Ranges
Flinders Ranges
Stokes Hill lookout, Flinders Rang…
Stokes Hill lookout, Flinders Ran…
Flinders Ranges
Flinders Ranges
Goats at Chambers Gorge
Goats at Chambers Gorge
Chambers Gorge
Chambers Gorge
Chambers Gorge
Chambers Gorge
Unusual rock formations at Chamber…
Unusual rock formations at Chambe…
Chambers Gorge
Chambers Gorge
Chambers Gorge
Chambers Gorge
On the track to the Gammon Ranges
On the track to the Gammon Ranges
On the way to the Gammon Ranges
On the way to the Gammon Ranges
On the way to the Gammon Ranges
On the way to the Gammon Ranges
On the way to the Gammon Ranges
On the way to the Gammon Ranges
On the track to the Gammon Ranges
On the track to the Gammon Ranges
Collecting firewood for our camp f…
Collecting firewood for our camp …
Glen gets his first flat tyre
Glen gets his first flat tyre
We get our first flat tyre!
We get our first flat tyre!
Dust cloud from a car in the Gammo…
Dust cloud from a car in the Gamm…
Our camp site in the Gammon Ranges…
Our camp site in the Gammon Range…
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