Barossa/Clare Valley to Flinders Ranges

If bright sunny yellow was the colour of the drive to Adelaide, the drive north up to the Barossa Valley was a deep plum purple. Stunning wildflowers sprouting up across the open fields and in between rows and rows of grapevines.

We stayed at the Tanunda Caravan Park in the heart of the Barossa Valley and are slowly discovering that we bring a unique flavour to the makeup of caravan park residents who are mostly grey nomads or young families. This was clearly demonstrated when cooking a dinner of tofu, tahini and vegetable stir fry, a curious fellow campground resident, not having come across tofu before asked what I was cooking and stated… “oh, that’s the modern food that all the young folk talk about”. A visit to the Barossa Valley Cheese Factory, Maggie Beer’s Farm and a delicious lunch at the Skillogalle Winery an hour north at Clare Valley made up the rest of our time in the area.

Heading four hours north to Flinders Ranges National Park the landscape started to change dramatically as we left behind lush valleys and headed into the outback.

We have spent the last few days hiking in the spectacular Wilpena Pound. Starting out yesterday we opted for a leisurely 4 hour summit climb to Mt Ohlssen Bagge and today tackled the 20km loop trail to St Mary’s Peak. We felt a bit trepidatious as we haven’t done this much hiking since the Overland Track in Tasmania a few years ago, but slowly are getting our (currently sore!) hiking feet back into action.

Wildlife spotted so far: Emu, Wedge-tail Eagle, Goat, Turkey, Peacock, Goanna
Number of blisters acquired: None (thankfully!)
Best camping meal so far: Tossing up between campfire roast sweet potato with tomato and bean salsa and french toast this morning!

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When saying goodbye, a friend left me with the following words of advice... "postcards dont go out of fashion". Share our adventures from the road on our fantastical year-long adventure.
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6 Responses to Barossa/Clare Valley to Flinders Ranges

  1. Leonie Grynberg says:

    How lovely !!
    Looking forward to your next entry .
    Enjoy.
    Love Leonie

  2. Roni K says:

    Today everyone was Yom Kippuring in some form. Daylight saving so late start and late finish. We missed you at home after shul middle of the day when we just enjoy being together and where shesh besh, talking and resting happens. Keep the lovely photos coming. Deb we enjoy your descriptions.
    I googled and found out that…..Interesting attractions in Coober Pedy include the mines, the graveyard, and the underground churches. The first tree ever seen in the town was welded together from scrap iron. It still sits on a hilltop overlooking the town.
    The town was not established until after 1915, when opal was discovered by Willie Hutchison.[3] Miners first moved in around about 1916. By 1999, there were more than 250,000 mine shaft entrances in the area and a law discouraged large-scale mining by allowing each prospector a 165-square-foot (15.3 m2) claim.[4] The harsh summer desert temperatures mean that many residents prefer to live in caves bored into the hillsides (“dugouts”).
    Love,
    Ima/Ann xx

  3. Anonymous says:

    hi debs and boaz

    just to let you know the blog/email works ! we broke the fast at janine and michael’s – vey nice. going to canberra for 24hrs to see the fred williams exhibition, the portrait gallery and ephraim, love , dad.

  4. Mel says:

    We loved wilpena pound such beautiful countryside, fasted & preyed for you both…. Safe travels xx

  5. Jode says:

    So excited that you’re on the road. I can’t wait to have the chance to do that sort of trip again. Enjoy every second!

  6. Leish says:

    Looks amazing Debs and Boaz. You will remember this trip for the rest of your lives. Good one for making it happen.
    By the way the blog is a good length in detail and pics, love it and I will look out for the next installment.
    May the good times roll x Leish

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