We packed up this morning and said goodbye to the beach as the next ones will see will be back home in Queensland. Our timing was good as we had a little rain overnight and the clouds are dark with more on the horizon. Passing by the farms we drove inland firstly to Poochera but didn’t stop until the next town of Wudinna. We had a recommendation to try the goods at the bakery but when we asked a local, we found it and the whole town was closed due to the public holiday. This is granite country and whilst there is a granite trail of sculptures we only looked for this one which is a tribute to the Australian Farmer and is on the highway.
We decided to continue to Kimba which is the geographical centre of Australia from east to west as the crow flies and of course there is a marker for this that we could not miss as a photo opportunity.
There is also a Big Galah statue and we have certainly seem many of them on this trip.
The other feature here are the painted silos which have become a trip in themselves for many as they now follow the silo art trails around Australia.
We found only the service station open so filled with fuel and found a spot to have our late morning tea. This was to be our stop for tonight but with nothing open and the main sights visited, we decided to keep going. We are now seeing a lot more traffic on the road and also a few cars heading back to WA flying the West Coast Eagles flags after winning the grand final. We stopped again at a roadside parking bay before reaching Iron Knob to have our lunch in the van and then drove through Iron Knob.
Iron Knob was once a prosperous iron ore mining town and in the 1960’s supplied all of the iron ore for BHP in Australia. These operations finally closed in 1998 and the population of 3000 had reduced to 800 and after closure to 150. The townspeople have taken over the facilities of the town to keep it going and mining has once again commenced with another company now involved.
Continuing in to Port Augusta we noticed some mountains and a mesa to our left which we had seen from the other side early in the trip as we drove north along the Stuart Highway to start our central adventures. It was a bit like déjà vu. Armed with the tourist map we located the Port Augusta Motorhome Park which is run by the Central Augusta Football and Community Sporting Club in a fenced gravel area that would be a car park. For $7 per night there are no facilities so you must be self contained but can stay up to 14 days and the club is open for counter meals on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights and game days in season. We chatted to some neighbours and with internet available I was able to post some blogs. By nightfall at least 15 vans and motorhomes are parked with us. What a good windfall this must be for local sport in a struggling community.