After leaving the moody blues on the Eyre Peninsula coastline we head inland and begin our adventure in the Gawler Ranges.
Our first stop is Wudinna, pronounced Wuddna, as said a truckie on the UHF radio coming into town. It has a nice vibe, there’s a huge statue of The Australian Farmer, a scenic 30km loop drive that we enjoy on our second day and a great RV park where we nab a powered site with water for just $15 night.
Our night at Pildappa
After a couple of nights in Wuddina we head out to Pildappa Rock, it’s on route to the ranges. This ancient rock and free campground is like a South Australian version of Wave Rock, but perhaps not as well known, as we were practically the only ones there. What an impressive sight it is. By day it’s imposing, those rich reds of the rock. By night it’s dramatic, with the sun seeming to kiss it goodnight as sunset crested the rock. And at sunrise it was surreal and all mine.
It’s easy to climb Pildappa, much easier than it looks. But Doug wasn’t interested so I took off by myself. When I got to the top I suddenly had phone reception so I rang him, rousing him from his nana nap. “You gotta get up here” I said “it’s amazing.” “Where are you?” he said, not sounding overly excited. To which I replied to go outside and look up. When he finally walked up to join me I think he was just as blown away as I was.
The next morning however I didn’t bother. I left him asleep and dragged myself out of bed, it was SO cold. But I was determined to watch the sun rise, so off I went. It was fresh, misty and totally invigorating up there. Amid the silence and the mist, the world felt still asleep.
In that surreal state, between fully awakened and still slightly sleepy, I began to meditate.
This was my meditation, it’s called Sourcing, and it’s super simple. Here’s how you do it.
Rub your hands together to open your heart (your palms are extensions of the heart chakra). Then gently pull your hands apart and notice the subtle energy you have activated. This is your connection with Source. Rest your hands, palms upwards, on your lap, noticing the subtle pulse that has been activated in the middle of your palms.
Now close your eyes and imagine a beautiful channel of white light streaming down from the heavens straight for you. Allow this bright supportive light to fill up your entire being and open your heart. Hand over all your concerns, worries, struggles, goals, hopes, dreams and any darkness to be replenished by the light.
Breath and allow yourself to be supported. Breath and allow yourself to be filled up. Breath and allow yourself to be nurtured. Breath and allow yourself to come home. Breath and listen to the callings of your soul. Breath and allow yourself to light up.
When I finished meditating I turned around to look behind me, and this is what I saw.
It was like a rainbow, perhaps a sunbow, a reflection of the suns rays and a light show unfolding before my eyes. I felt tears, closed my eyes in awe, grateful for the moment, feeling encased in love. In that moment I breathed it all in and I sent it all out.
For that hour i was up on the rock I felt a sense of timeless peace and connection to something divine. All alone I watched the sun rise, the mist slowly dissipating and the light filtering through. By the time I walked down the rock, the sun was warming my back, the birds were chirping and the sky was blue. I looked up and noticed the light bow was still there, but fading. The world was waking up.
Pildappa Rock left a profound effect on me but it was time to leave. Still the awe continued within the Gawler Ranges National Park where we spend two nights at Yangdina campground, surrounded by more red ranges, red earth below us and at night a sky filled with stars. We explore the Organ Pipes and the rich vast volcanic landscape of the ranges. It’s peaceful and we’re mostly by ourself, oh, except for the wildlife.
Onto Mt Ive
Our next stop is Mt Ive Station and it’s remote, VERY remote but it’s perhaps my favourite part of our experience in the Gawler Ranges. It really deserves a post on its own. However, in a nutshell this is outback hospitality at its best, an authentic sheep station with great people, camping, quarters, a bar where staff and travellers congregate and some of the best four wheel drive tracks in the Gawler.
These mustering tracks encompass cliff top ridges, red earth, big blue skies and yep, red dust everywhere and we tackled many of them. The Flight Path, Billy Can Drive and the steep crawl to the Mt Ive Summit. We drove out to Lake Gairdner and marvelled at the salt lake colours and contrasts. Our car and van was ridiculously red by the time we left, but we loved our stay here.
Creative and Crafty at Kimba
After our three nights at Mt Ive Station we travelled on to Kimba. There’s a fantastic RV park there and that’s where we head, after we wash the car and van. The RV park is part of the Recreational Centre and it’s huge, wonderfully maintained and free. There’s plenty of room and we snag a great spot with a canopy of shade, a table and full amenities nearby.
The next day the weather turns foul so we head for the Big Galah. It’s grey and rainy but at the nearby laundromat I can get all my washing done and dried. Silver linings!
Kimba is a great little town with a wonderful community spirit. There’s some impressive silo art in town which is lit up at night and during the day there’s a lot to explore in and around the town.
At Kimba’s Creative Quarters, Work Shop 26 I met Carmen Rayner, one of the enthusiastic makers and creators breathing life into this country town. Her Small Town Soap Company is housed together with other artisans in this delightful creative space where “Industrial meets country in an abandoned tractor shed”. Inside it’s a feast for the senses: there’s handcrafted candles, essential oils and home diffusers, pottery, vintage furniture and collectibles. Stop in for a coffee and a browse and I guarantee you’ll be there for ages. It’s a must if you’re visiting Kimba.
Beyond Kimba our trip continues, as we edge our way slowly, ever so slowly, back in the direction of Melbourne. For the moment however we continue to make the most of each and every day.
Sending you much love and light as we continue our journey
“Keep your eyes on the sun and you won’t see the shadows.” Australian Aboriginal Proverb