WEDNESDAY 21 SEPTEMBER COOPER CREEK TO RAWNSLEY PARK STATION 400kms
Managed a fairly early start, while the morning was still cool.
I would have liked to detour off to the east, to see where the ferry operated from, in years when the creek was in flood. But the driver was not interested.
We passed Clayton Station. They had recently set up a campground by a wetland area – another place I would have liked to explore and stay!
Saw a mob of emus, not too far from the road, when we had stopped for a morning tea break. John decided to try out something he had seen on a TV program, and stood, waving his hat in the air.The theory was that emus are very curious creatures, and would approach closer to investigate. But these emus didn’t know that theory – or maybe they were short sighted – and ignored his efforts.
Once we reached Marree, we were back on a route travelled before. We did not stop in that settlement, but turned and headed south.
Eventually reached the sealed road again. Stopped at Leigh Creek to refuel, having done 333kms by then. $1.45cpl.
Continued on, eventually running alongside the western flank of the Flinders Ranges – always a beautiful drive. Turned east on to the unsealed Moralana Scenic Drive, which was a short cut between the main road we had been on and that north from Hawker into the Flinders Ranges. We had driven this before. As before, it was really pretty in the late afternoon light – but there was little stopping for photos.
Decided to book into the camp ground at Rawnsley Park Station, rather than going a bit further on to Wilpena, which had originally been John’s intention. The stay would only be for one night, it seemed, as John wanted to press on to Broken Hill and then take a break from driving days, there.
The unpowered site cost $16.20 after discount. The place was surprisingly busy and there were no powered sites to be had. We set up away from the more formal area, though it meant a bit of a hike to the ablutions block.
We were in a pleasant grove of cypress pines.
Although it was quite late in the afternoon, managed a short walk out along a station track, before settling in for the night.