Author Archives: Bruce

Broken Hill

We drove to Broken Hill today along the Barrier Highway that follows the route of the standard gauge railway line that starts in Sydney and goes to Perth via Port Augusta.  In the morning, we made a detour to the ghost town of Terowie, just 20 kms from Peterborough. My friend Max called me last night […]

Back to Peterborough

We were up early this morning aiming to have finished breakfast by 9.30 am when it was time to collet my car from the garage where the tyre was being replaced. I walked the 150 metres [past the pub with no bee)r and found that my car was all ready to go. It actually cost me less […]

Arkaroola

Yesterday, we left Blinman and headed up the road to Arkaroola. Before leaving, we stopped at the historic cemetery at the edge of town. We found the graves of the well known family who had operated Angorichina Station over the decades and the American man who was the Captain of the Copper Mine there. We […]

Blinman

It’s only about 75 kms from Wilpena to Blinman but there are plenty of things to do on the way. The town was founded by a one-legged shepherd named Robert Blinman who discovered copper here while looking after his sheep. in 1855, the town had a population of 1500 but today there are just 18 […]

Wilpena Pound

It was a very cold night last night. The temperature was forecast to get down to -1C and I don’t think it had any trouble doing so. I was awake at 3.30 am feeling cold so I turned on the heater in our cabin and turned up my electric blanket. In the morning, I discovered […]

The Southern Flinders Ranges

Today, we finally made it to the Southern section of the Flinders Ranges. This series of mountains form the biggest mountains in South Australia and were named in honour of Mathew Flinders (by some of his party). He was the first man to circumnavigate Australia in 1802. The first settlers arrived here in 1845. We planned to […]

Peterborough

Tonight, we have reached the South Australian outback town of Peterborough on our way to the Flinders Ranges. We began our day in Mildura (420 kilometres away) with a visit to the Murray River and the lock / weir in the city. By international standards, the Murray River is tiny, but it is our biggest […]

Mildura

Tonight, I’m in Mildura in the far north-west of Victoria. I’m with three other friends travelling to the Flinders Ranges in outback South Australia. Mildura is a city of about 60,000 people and situated on the Murray River,. It has a long history of irrigation and is famous for its oranges, dried fruits, grapes and […]