Flinders Ranges pt 3
So now we are off to Argadells sheep station 30 mins out of Quorn. Thanks to DE nozzie for telling me about this place.
We left Arcaroola and headed back via Copley. We felt it was our duty to do one more quality control on the quandong pies at the bakery! You'll be pleased to know they were just as good the second time round. :)
Then down to Parachilna and on to Quorn. The road is fully sealed and a good road...we are towing a 20ft caravan and I am just getting used to towing it. (just in case of emergency). This seems to be emu country as we saw scores of them and vey few kangaroos.
Quorn is a pretty little town, with quite an historical background. I was particularly pleased to find an Internet cafe, Flinders Bikes and Bytes, to catch up on phone messages and emails. (I dont think I've mentioned that intent and mobile reception is almost non-existent). The young woman there was so helpful as I had had trouble downloading the third part of Steve Jobs biography and she managed to sort it out. We have been listening to audio books during the longer stretches of the trip. This is a great way to fill the distances, particularly if there are more than 2 of you, and it can open up some interesting discussions.
Anyway, Argadells is a gorgeous property with a small caravan area and several cabins. I believe it is very popular with walkers and campers. There are many campsites scattered over the 60 square miles each with toilet facilities. The caravan and cabin area is small but very well maintained. There are ensuite sites available with plenty of hot water! The cabins are extremely well provided for and our friends were very happy. There is a big campfire site with two sides enclosed to keep out any wind, and plenty of firewood provided. We arrived around sunset and joined a group of walkers around the fire and it was great to have their local knowledge to draw upon. They were doing the final part of the 'Heyson trail', and I am in awe of them! Several wines later we all combined our meals and had a lovely dinner in the camp kitchen. What a lovely start to the final leg of our adventure.
Next day was the only full day we had here at Argadells and so we wanted to see it all! Judy, the owner, set us off on the various tracks with lots of advice. This is the southern part of the Flinders Ranges and a lot more arid than the other places we have been this trip. Judy and Malcolm keep the tracks well graded and I think we covered every track, and also some short walks along some of the creek beds. We saw several more yellow footed rock wallabies and lots of small birds darting into the low bushes.
The highlight was the drive up to Mt Argent. It was very steep and though graded it was still pretty rocky with lots of loose stone. My hero put the car into all sorts of 4wd gears and managed beautifully, I was really vey anxious...brave is not my middle name! But the view from the top was, again, breathtaking. It is more pasture and grazing, rather than wilderness, so quIte different from Wilpena and Arcaroola. Once more we saw an eagle flying in circles above us. He actually seemed to be enjoying the air currents. So amazing to see him up close. We made it back in time for sunset around the fire, which didn't disappoint. And so we are at the end of the trip here.
Now for home, Sydney, via Broken Hill and White Cliffs.
I hope I haven't gone too overboard with my reports, but I wanted to try and convey the three quite different regions we have seen. I am grateful for the advice I received from different DE's. I'm sure there are many, equally wonderful places, and I would encourage anyone to make the trip.
PS. Thank you to all who have left appreciative comments. I am glad that I have either reminded or inspired some of you. :)