On Thursday we woke to overcast skies and cooler weather. We left the resort (it’s not exactly what I would classify as a resort back home, but compared to most outback campgrounds I guess it does qualify) and headed through the Brachina Gorge on our way to Blinman. The drive through the gorge was beautiful and we stopped somewhere in the middle to eat our lunch. The gorge is home to the yellowfooted wallaby, but Lesley said you don’t often get to see them and thought we’d be lucky if we saw one. Well, we were apparently quite lucky because we saw four of them!
We made it to Blinman and stopped for some coffee and a snack. They have a bush fruit known as Quandong (it's like a native peach) and they make it into jams and put it in pies and whatnot, so I tried the quandong jam on a biscuit and it was lovely. The boys are very into the game “Mine Craft” so when Aleksander saw the signs for tour of the mine in Blinman he desperately wanted to go. Magnus didn’t want to go so I went on the tour of the copper mine with Aleksander while she waited in the car with Magnus. We were the only two on the tour so it was shortened a bit due to Aleksander’s attention span, but despite that it was quite interesting. It was mined by Cornish and Welsh miners and they always mined their way up. They would dig a shaft straight down and then work their way back up following whatever veins of copper they found. The town had no water for the first thirty-odd years so the death rate was even higher than most mines.
After leaving Blinman and Flinder’s Ranges National Park, the landscape totally changed and it was completely flat! The clouds made the landscape so incredibly dramatic and the photos just couldn’t do it justice. All the wide open spaces made me long to go horseback riding. Our stop for the night was at the Prairie Hotel in Parachilna.
We basically drove straight back on Friday, but the views were still spectacular – a mix of rain and sun throughout the day, we even saw some rainbows. It was technically my first trip into the outback and the views are indeed spectacular!