MelroseOctober 28, 2017 in Australia
The winds arrived at Ceduna early and we used the opportunity to pack up and get on the road. Another 500km+ day in the car was spent driving through wheat fields, with a brief stop in Kimba (claim to fame - its impressive painted silos and the half way point between Perth and Sydney) and then on to Port Augusta through more tiny wheat belt towns. We stopped briefly in Port Augusta for fuel...and the kids' first ever McDonald's meal (and probably their last given their post-meal reactions!) as a late lunch and then headed to Melrose. Only 45 minutes from Port Augusta, Melrose is the oldest town in the Flinders Ranges and is nestled at the base of Mt Remarkable...and feels VERY different to Port Augusta (great tip to stop here, thanks Allison!). It was still windy when we arrived, and 30+ degrees but by the time we headed to bed the cool change had arrived and we were back in long sleeves (definitely felt like we were starting to get closer to home!).
On Saturday the kids had a great time riding their bikes on the "lumps" at the campsite and watching the mountain bikers doing stunts on the ramps nearby. We had a brief wander around the town (great bike shop selling bike-related souvenirs and supplies and offering bike rental for use on the many biking trails on Mt Remarkable) and then headed off for a walk on the trails. We followed "Chicken Run" past a local's place and then headed up "Weaving Camels" through native bush (and olive trees!) before walking up to the Old Mines spot for views over the surrounding countryside. After a morning tea stop we headed back to camp over the hill. The rest of the afternoon was spent lazing at the campsite (for the adults, the kids did more bike riding and Lego with new found friends) before we headed to the pub for a beer before dinner and a fire outside.Read more