Today we made a return trip to the Steamtown site for the rest of our tour – in the freezing wind! Fortunately the staff were excellent and we enjoyed a two hour tour of this excellent historical site. What had previously been an abandoned railway facility, complete with many rail equipment including a large engine turntable, has, with local initiatives pushing State Government into action (!!!) become a hive of activity that includes local volunteers, high school students wondering about trade opportunities, work for the dole participants and some folk on light probation under court orders all getting involved and developing a valuable historical and commercial attraction in this pleasant town Many other jurisdictions could benefit from coming to see what is possible in dealing with troubled youth!
Becci, our guide, was full of enthusiasm and information that added greatly to a great experience.
Belatedly we left town and headed through the small town of Orroroo towards the Rawnsley Station camp site located at the edge of the Flinders Range. The trip was relatively uneventful in spite of the very strong, mainly, tailwind that pushed us along at a merry pace!!
The very flat terrain started to change with rolling downs becoming larger and higher ridges, all the same brown colouring with a ground cover of dried grasses and small shrubs. This region seems to have a very semi-arid climate and the infrequent rains seem to just arrive then surge down dry creek beds and sometimes overflowing onto some of the dry land.
We started to see increasing numbers of emus, often with Dad emu and several chicks as it is his job to bring them up. Quite a few road kill kangaroos and a few emu carcases too. Once or twice we had a shingle back lizard ‘racing’ across the road at their usual snail’s pace! A few had not made across the rest of the road unfortunately. One or two frill-neck lizards trying to puff themselves up to scare away oncoming cars – to no avail, as we dodged them so they at least had some chance of survival.
Arriving at the large Rawnsley Station (it is a working sheep station) we had a very large ‘drive-through’ site allocated to Rob and to us. Plenty of room and in a reasonable spot too so we were handy to amenities and social room. The fairly blustery breeze gradually died and it became reasonably pleasant and, after a long day we managed to do a crossword puzzle and that was enough to get to sleep. No TV reception here (what a bonus!) and phone and internet was available in the social room. However there was a jazz group playing there most evenings so that was not really compatible with internet activity.