Day 24: Clare Valley, Flinders Ranges

Leaving Adelaide, we drove up through rolling yellow hills to Clare where we sampled some wines at the Sevenhill Cellars, a winery that had been established in 1851 by Austrian Jesuits.  Before our tasting, we explored the St. Aloysius church, a Gothic Revival structure built from local stone, including the crypt underneath the church.  Our wine tasting then got underway.  We tried several different varieties from the winery.  Of these, I really liked the Inigo Riesling, the Four Buckets Rose and the Classic Topaque dessert wine.

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From Clare, we drove towards the Flinders Ranges.  The landscape had fewer and fewer trees on the rolling yellow hill.  We stopped for a long hike in Alligator Gorge near Mount Remarkable.  It was on top of a plateau, so the hike was mostly flat.

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We saw a few kangaroos, some emus and a monitor lizard.  At first, the monitor lizard looked scared and climbed up a tree, but then seemed to act somewhat aggressive.  We followed the trail all the way to an overlook where you could see all the way down to Port Augusta.

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We continued the drive to Wilpena Pound where the sunset brought out the reds in the natural amphitheater there.  At one time it was a large body of water.

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We set up camp and slept outside in swags.  With swags, you put your sleeping bag inside this outer shell that you zip up like a caterpillar.  I enjoyed looking at all the stars in the sky and drifting off to sleep.  It was on this portion of the trip where I felt like we were really leaving civilization behind and entering into the heart of Australia.

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