West of Port Augusta

I stayed at Pandurra Station on the 1st night west of Adelaide. This is “big sky” country – you’ll see in the pics. The station has been owned by the Nutt family since 1895. It covers 400 square miles and carries more than 25,000 sheep and 300 cattle. They were busy shearing sheep the afternoon I arrived and the dogs were herding more of them onto a truck the morning I left.

the A1 highway to Nuttbush Station, Perth 2,300K over the horizon

the A1 highway to Nuttbush Station, Perth 2,300K over the horizon

dogs herding sheep on Nuttbush Station for delivery to your plate

dogs herding sheep on Nuttbush Station for delivery to your plate

big sky country

big sky country

This must be the outback, because it sure is fly country – close all your orifices folks (mouth, nose, eyes, ears) or they’ll be in ’em! Want to sit outside, enjoy the scenery, read a book, savor a beer and maybe a cigar? How are you going to get the beer or cigar into your mouth without …?

Fantastic place to see the southern cross in the night sky – got to learn how to take that shot! What else have I got to do?

Headed down to the coast to Streaky Bay for a few days by the sea. On the drive in, 60K off the main highway, I passed only 2 or 3 cars – traffic? there isn’t any. Annual rainfall here is about 15 inches, so it doesn’t qualify as desert. You need to be under 10 for that, but it’s close – it’s bone dry.

road construction South Australia style

road construction South Australia style

tourists

tourists

Waldo looking for the trail west at Murphy's Haystacks

Waldo looking for the trail west at Murphy’s Haystacks

Saw several of these critters (about 30 cms long) waddling across the road.

Bobtail blue-tongued skink

Bobtail blue-tongued skink

The coastal terrain looks like Mars, when Mars had water.

rugged cliff-lined coast of South Australia

rugged cliff-lined coast of South Australia

Streaky Bay has an  annual race day – today, so I’m headed there to sample the local culture. Monday, on the road west again – my goal is to be heading north from the Perth area by late/end of April before it begins to get too cold in the south and the cyclone season has finished in the north.

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12 Responses to West of Port Augusta

  1. nancy says:

    Jerry, great to read and see this. wonderful! x

    • Sue says:

      I wonder what the skink eats – get one for a pet and feed it to those flies while you have a beer and cigar – what amazing shots and barren for sure – what an amazing world we live in too – and the pic of Waldo – was that you
      xxoo

  2. nancy says:

    i love all the photos Jerry and the names like Nuttbush! what an adevnture. xx

  3. nancy says:

    Make a list! All kinds to show you when you come here! A favorite of mine is a sign which reads like this:
    Bulley
    Tibberton
    It’s actually two places but looks like the name of the local meanie to me. xx

    • Sue says:

      Didn’t we have the Nutt’s living next door to us in Oakville or the name rings a bell from High School maybe – Michael Nutt??

    • Ha, ha. Trouble is for me I’m driving when I pass the best names and can’t write them down and now I have trouble remembering where I was last week, never mind names I saw today. Tomorrow though I’ll be passing places like Bookabie, Nundroo, Yalata, Disappointment Cave along the way, then Nullarbor, 6 Day’s Well, Border Village and then Eucla in Western Australia, my 6th state. It’s the little places you pass at high speed that are the most fun – so and so’ creek … etc.

      Jerry Durham (Cell: +61 4 3159 9552)

  4. nancy says:

    Disappointment Cave – you have to find out the story behind that name!

    • To do that, I may have to go there and read the cave wall figures Something to do with water, a love affair, the size of the cave , the outlook, the décor?

      Jerry Durham (Cell: +61 4 3159 9552)

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