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Roughly 50 kilometres from Broken Hill I crossed the border into South Australia, thus completing the full set of all 8 Australian States and Territories. It was also the first time I had crossed by land from one State to another. The border town, Cockburn, was tiny and had nothing of note. The vegetation in South Australia seemed sparser than it had been in New South Wales. I saw more emus, cattle, sheep and goats along the Highway than I did humans.
So for most of my drive it was just me, the car and the road with very few vehicles to overtake and very few going the other way. I turned off the Barrier Highway at Peterborough and headed up state on B roads through small towns and villages. I contemplated stopping for the night at Hawker but, with the Flinders Ranges already in view and Wilpena Pound only 54 kilometres away, I carried on and arrived at the resort as the last of the light faded.
The last thirty or so kilometres were probably the slowest of the day as I had to slow right down for fear of striking one of the many hundreds of kangaroos foraging at the side of the road. They are renowned for hopping out in front of headlights and freezing, transfixed. Luckily, none of them tried that trick with me and I arrived at the resort and was lucky that there was a room available for me. A wash and then bed were the only things on my mind.
I made an early start and signed up at the Wilpena Visitor Centre for the 19.8 kilometre walk into and across the Pound to Bridle Gap and back. It’s a really good system. They insist upon walkers signing up and indicating where they intend to go – just in case they don’t come back. Given that I was hiking on my own, it was comforting to know that the alarm would be raised if I didn’t show up and sign back in later in the day.
There was nobody else on the path as I made my way into Wilpena Pound through glades of gum trees, the early morning light filtering through the branches. Every so often a kangaroo or a wallaby would hop across the path, unafraid of me. There were some pools either side of the path which were attracting the roos for their early morning drink.
After a quick pause at Hill’s Homestead where I read about the farmers who tried to settle in the Pound but who gave up in 1914, I pressed on. The scenery changed to pine forest with the occasional meadow where scores of kangaroos and wallabies were grazing. Eventually the path, having crossed the Pound, began to rise over small boulders amidst gum saplings towards the Bridle Gap. From there I had a wonderful view out to the Elders Range and the great salt lake of Lake Torrens in the background.
Wilpena Pound looks like a big volcanic crater though I am assured that this is not the case. It is at least a very unusual rock formation in that its perimeter almost completely encloses the land within. It was wonderful to have it to myself – I didn’t see another person all the time I walked across it.
The only other humans I encountered were a couple of hikers who happened to have reached the Bridle Gap lookout at the same time as me. It was almost a surprise to hear voices talking. The rest of the time I glorified in the peace and quiet with only the sounds of insects and birds to break the silence. It really brought home to me how infrequently one gets the chance to give the ears a rest from the tumult of everyday life.
Once I had arrived back at Wilpena Pound Resort and had some lunch I climbed back into the car and made my way South towards the oddly named Quorn and then Port Augusta. From there I took the Highway alongside the Spencer Gulf and then headed inland through Yacka and into the Clare Valley. This marked the start of a series of winelands and I pressed on to another for my next overnight stop, Tanunda in the Barossa Valley.
Setting off on a 21km hike across Wilpena Pound and back.
I'm Kit Richards.
I've studied and taught languages which gave me the passion for discovering other cultures and places.
My own travels have taken in every inhabited continent at least twice. As a student I lived in both France and Spain. Though I now live back in my native England, I have also lived and taught in Australia for 8 years which gave me lots of holidays in which to travel.
I know Australia very well and during my 8 years there I had eight holidays in New Zealand so I am well positioned to plan fantastic trips in either.
I know Hong Kong really well, I have family in South Africa and have been several times and both France and Spain are like second homes to me.
I have also put together some incredible itineraries for people travelling in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
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