“Life isn’t about the destination. It’s about all the wild stuff that happens along the way.”
That couldn’t be more true for me at the moment. We’re currently on a road trip, Doug and I. And it’s a big one. We left Melbourne a week ago, on Friday 3 July for Mildura, staying by the Murray river before crossing the border into South Australia on the second day. From Redbank Conservation park just outside of Burra we travelled to the Flinders Ranges and there we stayed for three relaxing magical nights.
The Flinders Ranges is ancient landscape. Think towering peaks, granite gorges millions of years old, tracks that encompass dry river beds and majestic gnarly gumtrees that look as though they could talk to you.
A TIMELESS LANDSCAPE
Our station stay at Edeowie encompassed starry nights, blazing sunsets and stunning sunrises.
One of the many highlights of our stay at Edeowie Station was a self guided 23km 4WD tour from their property giving us exclusive access to the Bunyeroo Gorge and many rocky tracks and magnificent peaks in the distance. We had lunch in the middle of nowhere. Driving through these tracks I lost count of how many gates I opened and closed.
We visited ruins of the old Edeowie township, established back in 1875. This is history, magnificent, mesmerising and utterly enthralling.
FROM THE FLINDERS TO FARINA
Where one gate (and door) closes another one opens. And on we continued. The sun was shining brightly as we left Farina. As we crossed onto the Oodnadatta Way more snd more swirly clouds in the sky appeared and it was as though the angels were following us . The puffs resembled Angel wings and I felt an incredible sense of gratitude and love for the moment. Ahead of us were unknown roads and vast horizons yet I felt an overwhelming sense that I was exactly where I was meant to be. Have you ever felt that sense of connection.
It’s a strange time to be travelling in Australia. For the first time ever there are border restrictions and a need to apply for a permit when crossing into each state. Everywhere we go the topic of conversation invariably goes to the state of play at the moment. We’ve never been checked for our permits which makes me wonder how lawful and real this actually is. Our priorities are more about real life issues like making sure we have enough fuel! Life feels very real on the road. I feel very grateful. And blessed.
At Farina we camped in the Station campground. It’s peaceful, despite many other campers here. There are basic facilities and a donkey water heater for those who want a hot shower. Good thing we have facilities in our van! The ruins are spectacular here and we spent hours exploring the history of this once thriving pastoral town. Then there’s the bakery. Run by volunteers, this underground bakery is only open eight weeks of the year during June and July and we’ve lucked it! Fresh bread, custard tarts, apple turnovers, egg and bacon pies for breakfast with coffee … we tried them all.
The mobile coverage out here on these remote tracks and roads is very poor and in most cases non existent so it’s been hard to post. The connection with nature however is strong, ever present and incredibly beautiful. Know that if you leave me a comment I’ll reply, when I can.
For the next part of the journey we’re hitting the epic Oodnadatta track, 617kms of remote driving on dirt tracks from Maree to Marla. It’s going to be a rough ride but hopefully our outback van will handle the terrain. Our aim is to get to the Northern Territory, our next border, enjoying every bumpy road along the way.
So that’s what I’ve been up to. Wherever you are in the world I wish you love, joy, peace and gratitude for this gift of life.
Love and light