Thursday 31st March 2011, Port Augusta.
Just a short word for those who regularly read this site, that we are now moving into the outback and will be hopefully camping out regularly, so we will be out of mobile range often and for a couple of days at a time. For those who may wish to contact us it may be better to ring Linda’s phone as she has message bank.
Wednesday 30th March 2011, Port Augusta.
We have now moved on to Port Augusta, (see map) and will be here for a couple of days before heading into the real outback. After previous visits we had decided we didn’t over like Port Augusta, hence only being here for a couple of days, but it is the last stop to stock up on food and essentials for our trip up the centre.
Tuesday 29th March 2011, Peterborough.
If anybody out there is a real railway buff this is the town they should visit one day. The town has a monstrous history of trains, being on the main route of the Indian Express line between Sydney and Adelaide. I won’t go into much detail, otherwise would be here for hours, but a buff could easily get lost around here. We had a visit to Steamtown, a rail museum, and it was definitely well worth the visit, some of the displays they have are super, and one can get hands on in and around the carriages.
Monday 28th March 2011, Peterborough.
We went for a drive today to Orroroo, and on the way we went to Magnetic Hill. Magnetic hill is an attraction with a difference, where when one drives along this particular road, up this particular hill and reaches a particular spot, one has an optical illusion that the slope of the road is not as it actually is, and if one stops the car at the sign post, selects neutral and takes the foot off the brake the car appears to roll up the hill.
Unfortunately it didn’t work for me, but had an argument with Linda because she thought the car was running up hill. When we went further up the hill to turn around and come back down I did notice that I then had the same optical illusion, so I came to the conclusion that the attraction should be approached from the north, Orroroo, not from the south, Peterborough. If going to Orroroo from Peterborough go to Magnetic hill from Orroroo down the back road. It goes to show that one should read sheets obtained from the info centre on these attractions, as it turned out that if we had followed the instruction sheet we were given we would have gone to Magnetic Hill in that direction, but the direction sheet didn’t have any indication that it included Magnetic hill until the directions got you there, and I had decided to go my way, wrong choice.
Orroroo is yet another nice little town much the same as all towns in this district, and we have had the thought that this could be a small town we would consider staying at on our return from WA, also considering the prices they charge.
Sunday 27th March 2011, Peterborough.
What is it with the weather of late? I know we are a little higher in altitude that we have been recently but not that high, just went and had a look at the GPS and we are actually nearly 600 meters up, but is that enough to make it about 4-5 degrees cooler than on the coast. It is 18 degrees at the moment, 1:30 pm, and we have actually had the heater going for the overnight 6-8’s. With the sun shining at the moment it doesn’t actually feel real bad, so Linda has ventured out in it for a walk, and after the V8’s are finished, and I have had some lunch, I will go for a walk to town and take some photos. As the park we are in at the moment is mainly used for overnight stoppers, it was interesting to see some travellers packing up for a move early this morning, in the cold, and obviously only bringing summer clothing with them, suffering the freezing cold in the process.