Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Scenic Drive in Central Flinders Ranges, Around Wilpena Pound. 14.Oct.14

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With the perspiration just beginning to cool off from our backs, we spoke to reception at the park station, fueled-up the tank and went on the scenic drive. Yay!

It is estimated to be a 5-hour loop drive: north to Blinman - west to Parachilna - southwest along Moralana scenic drive - finally back in Rawnsley Park.

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It was past 2PM when we made it to Parachilna, our halfway point in the drive.

A building out in the middle of nowhere, the restaurant of Prairie Hotel is reputed for its feral dishes. I don't eat mammals, and now will be adding marsupials to the list since kangaroos and wallabies are adorable. Emus, though, are birds. Hmm.
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Like stepping into another dimension, I love how the deserted exterior gave way to this cool, hip, lively and spacious interior. So many gorgeous art works on offer, I want them all.
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(So, what did I eat? Fish 'n chips.)

It was nice having the roads to ourselves, watching dust being kicked up and enjoying the mountains in the rear view...
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But then there were the occasional speedsters racing down the dirt road. The last emu chick made it across in time.

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Such a beautiful country. So glad to have this opportunity; our first proper holiday in South Australia!

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Of course, taking this selfie with the open window meant inviting hundreds of flies into the car and having them head straight for our orifices...


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