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The Desert….(cont)

Category : 4WD Trips

As we drove into the desert the dunes got higher and rougher.


We camped three nights in absolutely fantastic places. One in particular was something out of a movie setting, being in a dry river bed complete with an Eagle’s nest in the tree above us.
This clip (in HD) show’s the drive out in the morning. For those that are bandwidth challenged, I’ll put some up on Facebook. Will still be good but HD rocks 🙂

 

 


The Simpson Desert

Category : 4WD Trips

We finally made it to the Edge of the Simpson. The sign said so 🙂

Once again, words wont do the scenery justice so perhaps this drone footage will.
The footage shows both dunes (of which there are around 12oo ish of) and flood plains. Some of the plains are clay dust laid down when flood waters recede and others seem to be salt, kind of mini Lake Eyres. (Not sure on this tho).
This video is in HD so feel free to view in Full Screen and turn the volume up.

 


Purni Bore

Category : 4WD Trips

Purnie Bore is an interesting place.

We are crossing the desert on a track called the “French Line” which was created by a French exploration company in 1962. As part of this they drilled Purni Bore into the Artesian Basin water then capped it. Some time later, the cap rusted out and water flowed to create a man made lagoon.

This water flow started to affect Dalhousie Springs so the Bore was recapped.
A decision was made to allow a smaller amount of flow to sustain the wildlife that had treated the bore as home when it was flowing freely.

The day we were there, it was home to about a bajillion finches. I wasn’t able to capture them on the ground, but they were all in and around the only open water that we found (see pic below)

The dryness of the rest of the site is best captured by the next photo, but it must be a fantastic during the wet when the birdlife is at its maximum

 


Edge of the Desert

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Ok…we are getting close to the purpose of the whole trip…The Simpson Desert.

We left Eringa early morning heading towards Mt Dare. As it turns out, Mt Dare is a Hotel/Store/Camping Ground with an airfield. And not much else. Power is supplied by a Diesel Generator and as expected we reached the high water mark of the price of Diesel at @ $2.20/litre. Given the remoteness of the place, I thought this was pretty reasonable. We topped up with fuel, had an ice-cream for a treat and took some obligatory pictures in front of the store.

The next stop was Dalhousie Springs.
What an amazing place. First impressions are of another desert oasis with multiple lagoons being fed from natural springs.

It’s only when you jump in for a swim that the craziness becomes apparent. The water is at around 38 deg C! That’s 100 deg Fahrenheit. Does your head in being in a hot bath out in the middle of nowhere.
Getting out was an equally strange feeling as with a slight breeze blowing, we actually felt cold as we dried off. Weird.

We camped the night at Dalhousie with tomorrow being the start of the actual desert.


Eringa – Desert Oasis

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We left Oodnadatta heading for Eringa. No one was really sure what to expect, but we were all amazed at what we found. I’m not sure I have the words to do it justice, so my backup plan is to show some drone footage. Have a look and probably start planning your trip to check it out in person 🙂


Day 7- 8 Coober Pedy & Oodnadatta

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Friday morning we looked around Coober Pedy. A very interesting place totally focussed on Opal Mining. The highlight for me was a visit to the Old Timers Mine and Museum. We went underground in an old Opal Mine that has been set up to show how the old timers lived and worked. They uncovered a very large seam of Opal when excavating for the Museum that the original miners missed by “that much”. Worth about $40k in todays market but left in place as part of the exhibit.

After the museum it was time to refuel and head to Oodnadatta to catch up with the guys from the 4WD club. The trip was just over 2hrs through some of the most barren country we’ve seen so far. The highlight was seeing a wedge tail eagle taking off from the side of the road with a large snake in its talons. It may have been offering a lift to the snake, but I suspect things did not end well for the reptile 🙂

Oodnadatta is a very small town with a well stocked roadhouse, a smaller general store and a railway museum.  We refuelled again, adding a further 40 litres to the Jerry cans on the roof. The fuel was reasonably priced at $1.60/litre. The locals had a good little thing going given that there was no local radio station. One of the houses played very loud music until the sun went down, then another house took over and played music until around 3 am. When the music stopped they had a very good rendition of “who let the dogs out” with every dog in town joining in barking for around 30 minutes. (Note to Self – Get fuel and provisions then camp outside of town next time)


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