Story telling from Australia
Several people have asked where William Creek is.
This is my best guess.
If you take the road from Port Augusta up through Roxby Downs you drive close to Woomera, which for anyone old enough to remember what happened at Woomera is an alarming prospect.
When you get to William Creek a scenic flight over nearby Lake Eyre is a must, even when there isn’t any water in the lake.
Don’t be alarmed if you have to trundle cross the main road to get to the runway though. The dirt strip is on the other side of the Oodnadatta Track, so depending on which way the wind is blowing you might have to cross the road before you take off.
The planes are pretty small too.
But the views are spectacular.
From where I sat I could see right through the side of the plane. That’s my boot you can see trembling.
There’s also a great campground called Coward Springs about an hour’s drive from William Creek, perfect for a quick dip in the natural spring or even an overnight under the trees. Only one of us was game to go in, and it’s not hard to work out who it was.
Check out their long drop toilet block and the Aussie Outback way of getting hot water for the showers.
Apparently they organise camel safaris in winter from Coward Springs – I’m tempted to go back.
This is a wild, largely unspoilt part of South Australia, with well graded dirt roads and landscape that stretches all the way to the wobbling horizon.
I loved it. And as for the totally unspoilt wilderness sanctuary at Arkaroola, there’s so much more to tell you next time.