Strawberries in the Desert

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Things I may not have told you

My best guess at where William Creek is

My best guess at where William Creek lies

 

Several people have asked where William Creek is.

This is my best guess.

The name Woomera makes some of us uneasy

The name Woomera makes some of us uneasy

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.

This plane takes four people

This plane takes four people

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.

 

 

Spectacular scenery over Anna Creek station

Flying over Anna Creek station

Edging towards the lake

Edging towards the lake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But the views are spectacular.

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From where I sat I could see right through the side of the plane. That’s my boot you can see trembling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shady and secluded

Shady and secluded

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.

Sitting on the sidelines, fighting off the flies

Sitting on the sidelines, fighting off the flies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tanks to capture precious water at the long drop toilet block

Tanks capture precious water at the long drop toilet block

 

Light a fire under the water tank if you want hot water

Light a fire under the water tank if you want hot water

 

 

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.

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6 comments on “Things I may not have told you

  1. monsoonwendy
    March 24, 2015

    Ah Deb, fabulous photos. Love it. And I think you should DEFINITELY go on a camel safari! And if you do, and if that camel moves at more than a trot, may I recommend a lambskin to sit on and a good supportive brassiere.

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  2. debhuntwasinbrokenhill
    March 24, 2015

    Hah, I reckon I’d need those padded bike shorts as well then! x

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  3. wendylockyer
    March 24, 2015

    Ha ha what a wonderful mental image just popped into my mind. I can picture you now sis

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  4. nantubre
    March 24, 2015

    I’d have to wear an old fashioned breast binder – Reminds me of my very ample late mother as she rode her motorcycle on the dirt track, lol!

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  5. debhuntwasinbrokenhill
    March 24, 2015

    Very funny Nan, now that would be worth seeing!

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I'm a writer based in Australia with a passion for gardening, remote places and people with a story to tell.

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