Rolling Hills…in the Flinders Ranges

About us…

We love the colours of the Australian Outback, the ochre red earth touching a deep blue sky on a faraway horizon; and the fabulous coastline of our sunburnt country, where a golden sandy beach is washed over by a turquoise blue sea; and the characters you meet in a quiet country pub, where it is nothing flash, but you are enriched by the encounter…

A couple of years ago we decided it was time to “graduate from work” and re-enter “the classroom of life” where an education is guaranteed and all that is needed is an open mind.

Thanks for joining us in the adventure…!

Cheers, Baz & Janet-Planet

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Ruins – In the Australian Outback

Australian BushFlinders Ranges, Australia

Photo: Baz – The Landy

An Ancient Landscape (The Flinders Ranges)

Last evening we witnessed a lunar eclipse of the full moon as it was rising over an ancient landscape, the Flinders Range.

 And the colours that the setting sun cast over the hills was breathtaking.

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Photo: Baz, The Landy

The Flinders Range (Brachina Gorge)

Flinders Ranges, AustraliaBrachina Gorge has an amazing array of flora and fauna and today we took a scenic drive through this stunningly beautiful and ancient landscape..

We travelled along what is often referred to as “Corridor Through Time” on a self-guided tour of the gorges.

Flinders Ranges, AustraliaHans Heysen, later Sir Hans, the German-born Australian artist spent a great deal of his life in the Flinders Ranges, capturing the beauty of the area in water-colours.  He summed up the Flinders Ranges landscape when he said it is “the bones of the earth laid bare”.

It was great to see first-hand the landscape that inspired so many of his paintings prior to his passing in 1968.

Flinders Ranges, Australia

This evening we are going to take time to watch the lunar eclipse as the full moon rises over the rugged Flinders Ranges landscape.

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The Flinders Ranges and Wilpena Pound

DSC_3316Wilpena Pound, set in the Flinders Ranges is approximately 430-kilometres to the north of Adelaide.

The landscape is breathtaking and dated to be over 800 million years old. The Flinders Ranges National Park offers a wide range of activities that you can undertake, including bush-walking and four-wheel drive touring.

Shaped like an amphitheatre, Wilpena Pound has an abundant range of wildlife, including emus, kangaroos, plenty of birds, and the endangered yellow footed rock wallaby.

There are a number of aboriginal art sites within the region, and the country is home to the Adnyamathanha people of the Northern Flinders Ranges.  Adnyamathanha meaning “hills” or “rock people” is a term now used to describe the Kuyani, Wailpi, Yadliaura, Pilatapa and Pangkala, the traditional groups in the Flinders Ranges.

Today many Adnyamathanha people live and work in the area. Nepabunna in the Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges, Leigh Creek and Port Augusta are central settlements for the Adnyamathanha people. Rock art, stone arrangements, occupation sites, graves and ochre quarries are reminders of the area’s cultural heritage and are of significance to the Adnyamathanha peoples’ connection to country.

Our camp for the next three nights will be at the Wilpena Pound Campground.

For certain, we will find a vantage point that will afford us a view of the sun setting on Wilpena Pound, the colours should be spectacular!

Flinders Ranges, Australia

Speaking of spectacular, the drive from Broken Hill was just that, and we passed many ruins of an era long gone gone, along the way.

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Photos: Baz, The Landy