The Old Ghan Trail

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Desert Landscape in the Gammon Ranges
After packing up camp we headed back onto the dirt and headed to the small settlement of Arkaroola. When we arrived we went into the store to stock up on some supplies and I saw all these astronomical pictures everywhere. I enquired about them and found out that there was actually a space observatory here and they do tours (sky permitting!) every evening at 8:30pm. Damn, I was annoyed! If only we had camped in Arkaroola last night, I could have seen last night's amazing sky through a telescope!!  So I made a definite point of coming back on the next trip! 

Our goal today was to get the tyres fixed at Leigh Creek then head to Farina Ruins to camp.  On the way to Leigh Creek we stopped at a lookout to get some perspective on the surrounding desert landscape.
Desert Landscape in the Gammon Ranges
  Leigh Creek is a fairly large town and there we had lunch, stocked up at the supermarket and got the tyres fixed. Our tyre was just a simple puncture but Glen's was beyond repair much to his annoyance and had to fork out over 200 bucks for a new tyre.  The fuel was getting more expensive too, not surprising now we are in the outback.  Leigh Creek was built on coal mining so we visited the local coal pit and had a look around the machinery.  We had missed the tour of the mine so we just saw as much as we could before moving on to the Ochre pits.  The Ochre pits are layers of red, yellow and white soft rock that the aboriginals mine to make paint for ceremonies, body and face paint and decorating their didgeridoos etc.  We couldn't go into the pit as it was a sacred site but we could admire the colours from behind the fence.
Wildflowers in the Gammon Ranges


Soon after the Ochre pits we hit the start of the Oodnadatta Track before turning off to Farina Ruins camp ground.  The camp ground was lovely and we had hot showers which was heated by putting wood into a stone fire place which in turn heated a pile of rocks which kept the shower water hot! The loo flushed which was a real novelty out in the bush! It was even equipped with a visitors book!  We set up camp then made the fire and tonight I was going to cook a camp oven roast.

Tomorrow we would explore the ruins which are the remains of a settlement on the old Ghan route.

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Desert Landscape in the Gammon Ran…
Desert Landscape in the Gammon Ra…
Desert Landscape in the Gammon Ran…
Desert Landscape in the Gammon Ra…
Wildflowers in the Gammon Ranges
Wildflowers in the Gammon Ranges
Wildflowers in the Gammon Ranges
Wildflowers in the Gammon Ranges
On the track to Arkaroola
On the track to Arkaroola
An old Wagon in Arkaroola
An old Wagon in Arkaroola
A lookout on the way to Farina
A lookout on the way to Farina
A lookout on the way to Farina
A lookout on the way to Farina
Two romantic 4WDrives enjoying the…
Two romantic 4WDrives enjoying th…
Dam at Leigh Creek
Dam at Leigh Creek
Coal mine at Leigh Creek
Coal mine at Leigh Creek
Large tyre used by the big trucks …
Large tyre used by the big trucks…
The trucks are very large at the L…
The trucks are very large at the …
Leigh Creek Coal mine
Leigh Creek Coal mine
A huge truck at Leigh Creek Coal m…
A huge truck at Leigh Creek Coal …
Ochre pit
Ochre pit
Description of the Ochre pits
Description of the Ochre pits
The only part of the Oodnadatta tr…
The only part of the Oodnadatta t…
The shower at Farina Ruins camp gr…
The shower at Farina Ruins camp g…
You feed wood to this fire pit whi…
You feed wood to this fire pit wh…
Farina Ruins camp ground
Farina Ruins camp ground
The loo at Farina Ruins camp ground
The loo at Farina Ruins camp ground
Loo complete with visitors book at…
Loo complete with visitors book a…
A left over from the old days at F…
A left over from the old days at …
Glen chops wood for the roast dinn…
Glen chops wood for the roast din…
Camp oven roast
Camp oven roast
One very delicious camp oven roast…
One very delicious camp oven roas…
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