Saturday, October 10, 2009

Flinders Ranges

Well been a little slack of late. Back from an awesome out back trip travelling to Hillston, Ivanhoe, Menindee lakes, Yunta, Arkarolla and the Flinders Ranges. Australia is such an amazing place with an incredibly diverse range of ecosystems. I had the opportunity to test some new gear (Bacho folding saw, Mountain Designs Sprite Tent, Black Diamond Ion head torch, Leatherman multi tool, Andy Strapz adventure panniers, Katmandhu gas burner, Katmandhu Sleeping Mat) and will over the next few months post reviews on these items.

This trip was undertaken on a motorbike with 3 friends and was a brilliant way to travel, if not somewhat challenging. Some days we covered big distances across wind sweept dunes. At night we would sit around a campsite and talk about the days adventure and life in general. Is there anything that is comparable to being out in the wilderness with good friends?

Here's a few pics.

At the campsite at Hillston

Old gold mining site near Yunta South Australia

Not much grows out here

Ivanho Menindee road 200km outback road

Menindee Lakes was a highlight of the trip. Beautiful red sand and plentiful wildlife. The lake was empty due to the tributary water being diverted to agricultural land and drinking water for near by towns. Also the drought has had an impact. When ever it fills up with water I will be heading back as supposedly millions of birds flock to the area.

The circuit road around Menindee lakes, in search of a campsite.

Ruins near Yunta

Dust storm in the Flinders

Taking a break

Time for a brew

Bola Bolana Springs Arkaroola

Water is a scarce resource out here.

kangaroo at water hole

The Pinnacles Arkaroola


Desert Flower

Bola Bolana Springs Arkaroola

Old Cooper mine ruins Arkaroola

GS near Chambers Gorge

Arid is an understatement
Aboriginal Art work, each circle represents an individual ceremony


Nice view from the tent

Walked through gorge, awesome scenery

Climbed nearby mountain, nearly made it to top, but became a bit dangerous without proper gear so turned back

Arkaroola and the Flinders Ranges, one of the best wilderness areas on the planet!