It is a fallacy the Australian Outback is a vast, flat featureless plain.
Granted, at times the gems may seem far apart but in reality it is an ever-changing landscape of colour…almost chameleon like.
Take for instance the Margaret Range, about 70 kilometres south of Oodnadatta on the Oodnadatta Track not long after a brief shower of rain and a cloudy sky.
It is not often the Sentimental Bloke gets to see the ocean. Salt water yes, but not the sea.
This is the coastline close to a tiny community called Port Gibbon near Cowell on the west coast of Eyre Peninsula.
I was there for just one full day so photography was pretty limited.
Cowell is the centre of wheat and sheep grazing country, oyster farming and mining.
I liked it because it is pretty, quiet, not too touristy and I’d be back very quickly for another feed of delicious blue swimmer crabs.
There’s some other attractions which can wait for another post.
8 o”clock in the morning. Nilpena Station, northern Flinders Ranges. The temperature is already 37 degrees Celsius. The wind is up and another hot summer’s day lies ahead.
Sometimes, it is just about the sky.
Motpena Station, looking east towards the Flinders Ranges.
Here’s a bit of a reality check following on from the previous post…… an ocean of mud, something to get your feet firmly back on the ground.
Luckily a short climb up a hill managed to get some mobile phone coverage to call the cavalry….otherwise this could have been a time consuming, very dirty problem.
There’s 53 wheels on this rig…not all of then on the ground……but maybe I’ve missed one or two.
The truck brings refrigerated food, other supplies and equipment for the tiny town of Innamincka near the South Australia/Queensland border and the Kidman Company Innamincka Station which surrounds the town..
It comes once a fortnight in the busy season – from now till the end of October.
There’s another one that comes from Brisbane on alternate weeks.
The population of Innamincka is small and like a lot of of other Outback towns, thousands of tourists pass through every year on their various journeys.
And it’s the reason why the weekly supply truck is so important.
These photos need no explanation……same part of the world…different journeys.