Day 27: Coober Pedy

After turning off from the unsealed Oondadatta Track, we were driving on the sealed Stuart Highway and seeing outposts of civilization, at least what you might consider civilization when you have been traveling in the vast emptiness of the outback.  The miles of desert flatness gave way to small hills with mining equipment and underground homes carved inside.  We had reached the remarkable small town … Continue reading Day 27: Coober Pedy

Day 26: Talc Alf, the Oondadatta Track, William Creek

We left the Beltana Sheep station and continued our drive north through more stunning desert landscapes.  Our first stop of the day was close to the town of Lyndhurst where we visited the Talc Alf Art Gallery.  The gallery is located outdoors in a home that looks like a set for a post-apolycalyptic movie, strewn with automobile and machine parts, slogans, but also filled with … Continue reading Day 26: Talc Alf, the Oondadatta Track, William Creek

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 … Continue reading Day 24: Clare Valley, Flinders Ranges

Day 23: Adelaide

South Australia prides itself on the fact that, unlike some of the other Australian colonies such as New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania, it was not initially settled by convicts.  Instead, it was settled by free, mostly middle-class merchants and farmers from England as well as other countries.  South Australia is probably one of the more unsung regions of Australia for tourism, although its praises … Continue reading Day 23: Adelaide