Earlier this month, Fred and I headed in the van to Port Augusta, to buy a few things not available locally. Shopping isn’t necessarily my favourite past-time, so we (I) decided to do a little bit of pleasure first, by heading to the Port Augusta Arid Lands Botanic Garden.
I LOVE this place, and plan on doing a separate post on it another day.
However, when we took the Highway to the Gardens, a large road sign showed the next lot of towns and distances…. including Darwin. I said to Fred, how about we go there? To which there was total agreement! So we sailed past the turnoff to the Gardens and kept going! Ha! It felt good to be hitting the highway again, even if we were just having a pretend time of it. (the cats were home and I had limited supplies in the van and other obligations the following day)
The landscape is totally different to that of the Flinders Ranges. This is flat desert country, with funny flat-top mountains at the beginning of the Stuart Highway.
This road is said to be the Gateway to the Outback.
Perhaps one day I’ll do it, but have no real immediate plans, as it’s an awfully long long way without a co-driver. As it was, we drove about 30 kms, and then found a nice little rest area and did some little exploring before heading back the way we’d come.
The Australian movie, Last Cab To Darwin, tackles both the road and a controversial topic. I’ve seen the movie twice and love it.
The road signs were a little different, so I took some shots of them to share.
Coming back, on my left were the Flinders Ranges, always enticing even though without the afternoon sun on them from this perspective, their full charm is hidden.