Inselbergs

These strange creatures are to be found on Eyre Peninsula, South Australia.  I felt they deserved a slightly different editing treatment…..  another time I’ll show them ‘normally’.

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Eyre’s Waterhole

Edward John Eyre (after whom Eyre Peninsula was named) has many monuments and plaques across the countryside.

On our way to Streaky Bay, we stopped at Eyre’s Waterhole (Aboriginal name – Cooeyanna) and while the water in it today looks not very inviting, it would have been most appreciated back in the day.  And most likely of better quality – such is the price of ‘civilisation’.

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This invention helped to build the roads in the district!

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You can see that it’s limestone country. 

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Fred looks but didn’t feel inclined to go any further.

There’s a really nice parking area just off the highway, very large and with some light shade.  Just perfect for an afternoon snooze after doing the exploring …… 🙂

 

Clouds

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A cloud does not know why it moves in just such a direction and at such a speed…It feels an impulsion…this is the place to go now. But the sky knows the reasons and the patterns behind all clouds, and you will know, too, when you lift yourself high enough to see beyond horizons.

Richard Bach.

Secret Rocks

Continuing  the story of my recent travels across Eyre Peninsula, South Australia, is my visit to Secret Rocks. All I knew about it was the name on the map…… but as I’m keen on rocks of any description, it was sufficient to pique my interest.  Sometimes I research a place, but other times prefer to simply let it unfold.

I turned off the Lincoln Highway……. Secret Rocks is 2/3rds along the unsealed road which meets up with the Eyre Highway in north-westerly direction.  Now unsealed roads can vary greatly in their condition, from well-maintained traversed in top gear, to low-gear bone-shakers……………

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Boneshaker

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Corrugations……

Unfortunately, the section from the Lincoln Highway got worse the further along I went, and there was no point by then of turning back, so it was a matter of slowly chugging along at 5-10kms p/h, listening to everything in the van protesting – including Frank being very vocal about communicating his displeasure!

At one point, another vehicle overtook me, but that was the only other vehicle I saw the whole time…. tick tock tick tock….

Eventually, hurray!  There’s the sign pointing to Secret Rocks!  There’s a nice parking area, and we found the vehicle which had overtaken us was parked there.  Fred had a brief pit stop, and then I went on alone to explore.

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I was most surprised by all that I found, as I’d no idea Eyre Peninsula had such interesting formations, and further into the trip I found more.

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In general, the land is fairly flat, so any rises are most welcome to get a broader view of the area.

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The crevices and folds in the rock, captures moisture, and provides a wonderful habitat for vegetation.

Delicate native ferns in particular grow here.

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Not the best of photos sorry, but you get the idea of it. Slightly different from another plant that grows nearby.

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Spikes

There was also another soft leaved plant I didn’t recognise.

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On reaching a high point on the rock I came across the occupants of the vehicle parked below.  A lovely young couple on University break from Adelaide, who were visiting the region.

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David and Michelle.

We chatted for a while, then they continued further up the rock and as time was getting on, I headed down to continue the journey.

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It’s one of those places I’d like to return to, as there’s much more to explore there.

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Back onto the boneshaker…… and to our great relief the road was much improved from then on to the Lincoln Highway.  Obviously I’ll be using that direction on any return visits!  All part of the learning and experiencing life on the road 🙂