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.
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.
Saw several of these critters (about 30 cms long) waddling across the road.
The coastal terrain looks like Mars, when Mars had water.
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.