During nearly two weeks on the road from Adelaide to Alice Springs there were quite a few random sightings not captured in my other posts which might be of interest.
You get some pretty big trucks out here, road trains up to 53m long, weighting up to 160 tonnes.
I liked this UTE on top of a truck on top of a trailer pulled by an even bigger truck, with room to spare for a container. One of three trailers behind the truck above!
Good thing the roads are pretty flat and straight, though the landscape is usually less green. They’ve already had three and half times their usual annual rainfall this year, and are expected to reach five times. So much for the dead, red outback!
Mount Connor looks a little like and is relatively close to but definitely isn’t Uluru, but still pretty impressive.
Ochre pits near Lyndhurst, source of pigment for aboriginal paintings. The colours reminded me of Rotorua without the boiling mud or smell of sulphur.
Someone clearly didn’t like the information on this board judging by the bullet holes.
Huge open cast coal mine at Leigh Creek, recently shut down with the closure of the coal power station in Port Augusta.
Parachilna, home to some of the oldest fossils in the world, and little else…
There were a surprising number of people in the Northern Flinders Ranges (500km north of Adelaide) travelling by bike. It’s a pretty dull experience by car travelling at 110km, let alone at 15km cycling into a head wind.
Wild horses checking out the public facilities in Lyndhurst.
There are plenty of wild camels in the outback, and a few, easier to photograph, tame ones.
Unusually attractive and smart road side services in Coober Pedy.
Remains of a few animals, a huge cactus and shower block at the Curtin Springs roadhouse.
Double sided signage for the border crossing from South Australia to the Northern Territory.
You wouldn’t want to break down out here. Long walk to the next emergency telephone…
To finish with some rather nice flowers spotted on my travels, mostly native and in full bloom after an unusually wet winter.