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Sunday, April 23, 2000
Port Augusta to Arkaroola Village, SA, Australia
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Arkaroola Village, SA, Australia:
Latitude: 30° 19' 9" South
Longitude: 139° 19' 48" East
Altitude: 1299 feet
From Seattle: 9078 miles
Lodging: Camp - Arkaroola

Today's Travel:
Country: Australia
Region: South Australia
Route: Car: A48, park tracks
Start: Port Augusta
Stop 1. Wilpena Pound, Flinders Ranges National Park
End:Arkaroola Village, SA, Australia
Road Miles:261 miles
Linear:194 miles
Weather: Sunny

Available Photos:

One of the Flinders Ranges Flinders Ranges National Park, SA, Australia

The road Just north of Flinders Ranges National Park, SA, Australia

All photo images © 1997-2000 Anthony Jones - Images may not be used without prior written approval.

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1109
Miles Driven:179438
Linear Dist: 213546
Countries Visited: 68
Regions Visited: 257
More stats...
Hotels: 362
Friends / Family: 293
Camping: 122
Hostels: 248
Transit: 70
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 3910

Journal Entry:
Easter morning so everything is pretty quiet. Went to the market (Woolworth's was open) and got stuff for lunch then hit the road. The first 200 kilometers was paved. That got us to Wilpena Pound at the entrance to Flinders Ranges National Park. The pictures of Wilpena Pound looked incredible, but there's really no way to see it without going for a plane ride. It's a giant bowl or ampetheatere formed by a ring of mountains - it looked something like Ngorongoro Crater - only larger! Likewise the photos of the ranges themselves looked amazing - long ribbon like ranges of fluid curves. But again really only visible like that from the air.

The drive through the park was beautiful. The roads are gravel, but seem to have been recently graded - with some exceptions. It was especially beautiful in the evening light. Saw tons of emu and kangaroo. Including several that ran right in front of the car. Also drove through Gammon Ranges National Park, but it was getting to dark to see much.

The darker it got the more stressful the driving was. I kept remembering all the kangaroos I'd seen (alive and as road kill), and it was a lot rougher as I couldn't see the road well enough to avoid the worst parts. Pulled into Arkaroola an hour and a half after dark. It was a little creepy - in the middle of nowhere there are some buildings, but there's no one around and no lights. On the door of the campground office is a sign saying to look for staff behind the building. That was surreal, as I turned the back corner of the building there was a huge group of people eating and drinking under strings of colored lights and around a big fire. There were a few campsites left, so we set up the tent and drove back for the Easter roast dinner!

Related Sites:
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Australia
CIA World Fact Book: Australia

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