Melrose is 270km north of Adelaide and is nominated to be the oldest town in the Flinders Ranges (1853). It looks like a great base to explore the lower Flinders. http://members.westnet.com.au/venhoek/~melrose/index.htm This was an overnight stopover on the way to Wilpena Pound. Unfortunately it was overcast when we arrived and still overcast when we left the next morning. It is a pretty, small town nestled below Mt Remarkable. One very noticeable thing is that is receives a good rainfall (more than Adelaide & probably because of the effect of the ranges).
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"Quorn is the home of the Pichi Richi Historic Railway. Quorn is approximately 340 km north of Adelaide, and 40 km from Port Augusta and Highway One, through the scenic Pichi Richi Pass."
We passed through Quorn on the way to Hawker/Wilpena Pound then on the way back down to Port Augusta. When we arrived the Pichi Richi Train was about to depart and their were stacks of people around. Nice & cheap lunch in one of the local hotels.
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"Hawker is a "a great little outback town" with a population of 480, situated 66 km north of Quorn, 400 km north of Adelaide and 55 km south of Wilpena. Hawker is the Hub of the Flinders ranges, being the junction of roads from Port Augusta, Orroroo, Leigh Creek & Marree and Wilpena & Blinman."
We used Hawker as a base to explore Wilpena Pound and the gorges to the north. Unfortunately fairly overcast so in the main missed the glorious contrasting colours of the ranges (will definitely go back again). Quite a nice temperature but the flies were out in force driving most mad - good trade at local stores in repellents and personal fly nets.
Wilpena Pound is around 430km north of Adelaide. Our accommodation was at Hawker about 1/2 hour easy drive to the south. We spent just on 2 days in the area and that was not nearly enough time. Unfortunately quite overcast - I was hoping for the brilliant spring weather of clear blue skys and the very vibrant colours of the landscape - looks like we will have to go back again. Going back will be much easier. We will have a much better appreciation of the area, the road conditions & what our vehicle can do (we are nervous nellies).
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This was our stopover on the way home. We decided to have a look around Port Augusta because we wanted to see the terrain between Quorn and Port Augusta. Neither of us have been to the city for a long time.
It is a city right at the top of the Spencer Gulf and has a picturesque outlook (sea, ranges in the background).
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