Continuing my travels around Eyre Peninsula, South Australia, I made a point to stop at Pildappa Rock. which is an easy drive out of Minnipa. On previous trips to the Peninsula, I’ve explored some of the other granite outcrops and was keen to see more.
As a side note, this Wiki entry states “The Nauo were the indigenous people of the area of Minnipa before they became extinct. ” To me, that’s a different way of saying until they were massacred by the white settlers. …….
The dirt road was in fairly good condition, otherwise I’d not have put my old van on it due to often rough corrugations. In the distance can be seen the Gawler Ranges, a place I’d love to visit, however, pets are not allowed and an off-road vehicle is required. One day perhaps….. You can read more about the Ranges on this traveller’s account.
An enticing view of what was to come. Due to my longer than anticipated stopover in Kyancutta, I didn’t arrive here until about midday.
Don’t be fooled, I took this shot later in the afternoon 🙂
So in we went…..
We were grateful for the shade to take the sting out of the midday temperatures.
We took the track around the rock to a quiet camp site on the other side.
Then we rested until late afternoon when it was time for a little walk.
Others visiting climbed onto the top, but I respect these sites too much to do that.
Early next morning, the moon added to the atmosphere.
It was quite chilly overnight and we watched for the first rays of the sun to appear.
After a quick cuppa, I was off exploring.
This is a view of farmland opposite the Rock and you can see how flat it is.
The track around made for easy walking. It was soooo peaceful 🙂
Those hollows collect water, and then overflow down the sides. Love to see that!
Always interesting to see who else is about.
The sun was slowly warming up the area.
Very very old lichen on the surfaces. I’m still working on finding out more about them.
I became fanciful, and thought this was like a turtle.
And here’s a platypus:-)
The water would pour down this groove, during rain, what a sight to see!
At the base of the rock, a small fence has been built, to trap and divert the water for use by the settlers.
By this stage, I’m almost finished circling it, back to the point where I entered the day before. The campers I heard but never sighted.
This one at the end reminded me of a scone….. perhaps I was getting hungry by this stage.
It was back to the van for a quick breakfast, and then off to explore further. It is certainly an area I’ll be wanting to come back to in different seasons, to see more of the wildflowers, and the rock in different light. It was peaceful and not crowded with too many other campers, just my sort of place.