One of the old Ghan diesel locomotives
(Click on the image above to see images of Marree)
 

Today we pulled up stakes at the beautiful Parachilna Gorge camp and moved further north to Marree. Marree is the head of the real outback in many ways as it is where both the Oodnadatta Track and the Birdsville Track commence.

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Flinders Ranges from the air
(Click on the image above to see a feast of images of the Flinders including many from the air)
 
A huge jam packed day today. Jude remembered something about helicopter flights when we fuelled up at the local station, Angorichina Tourist Village. So off we go to inquire about the cost of flights. Jude was really keen on doing it which surprised me given her usual fear of flying in light aircraft and heights. The cost was $235 each for 15 minutes, which I thought quite expensive, but I also know helicopter flights aren’t cheap. At least you can see a lot in 15 minutes. The only problem was that the flights were from Rawnsley Station which about 100km away!
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The Eagle atop the General Store and Bakery.
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After breakfast and a tidy up we headed off exploring the Flinders Ranges. Our first target was Blinman, an old copper mining town. We have passed the turn off a number of times in the past and this was a chance to visit the old town. Blinman would of been 14km from our campsite along the gravel road. Parts of it were a bit corrugated and stony. No doubt the condition of the road would depend on the time of the year and the grading program.
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Camp at Parachilna Gorge
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The next stage of our trip was from Burra to Parachilna gorge. This took us through Peterborough to Orroroo where we headed north towards Hawker in the Flinders Ranges. It was an easy drive today and so we did the 250km straight through. We did stop for a quick break to pick up some wood at a creek crossing. Never miss an opportunity to grab some good wood for the evening fire.

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Burra Public School
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After breakfast on Sunday morning we headed off into Burra for some sightseeing. Although we had both been to Burra several times before, we always enjoy this quaint little town.

There is a great walking track along the creek and we found the most amazing old school with magnificent architecture. It is now the Burra Community School and it is great to see such a lovely place still being used today.

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Our camp at Worlds End Gorge
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Our trip to Burra, or rather Worlds End Gorge just 30km out of Burra, was most enjoyable.

We travelled from Pinnaroo up to Loxton and then along the Murray River through Waikerie to Morgan. Morgan is a bit of a traditional river crossing for me as I have used it many times on trips north. It is always exciting to cross the river on the ferry rather than a bridge.

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The ute with boat and van on the road
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And We’re Off

Today, the 18th May, is the first day of our big trip to Darwin and beyond. Our plans at this stage include going up the centre via the Oodnadatta Track to Darwin where we will be staying for around six or seven weeks. After that we will probably wend our way home via outback Queensland and NSW. Jude wants to visit Broken Hill on the way home.

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