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Port Augusta

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  • Day25

    The Outback - Adelaide

    October 18, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    For the race purposes we're still on Darwin time which is an hour behind so we're up to see the sun rise across the Outback and for breakfast at 05.30 again, after a cold night with not much sleep for me.

    The car is already loaded and charged so we're able to set of for the Port Augusta control stop before 07.30. We trailer after the stop for the next couple of hundred kilometres, where the plan is to unload and run the car the final 70km into Adelaide.

    It's been a busy week. I've been in the scout car the entire time which entails either driving or sitting with the route notes on my lap ticking off features and looking out for potential hazards to the solar car. We've also been scouting ahead for suitable stopping points etc.

    The car's unloaded for the final time. Callum's at the wheel and pulls out onto the main road for a phenomally easy run on dual carriageway. Andrew realises that his next choice of driver changeover is on the other side of the dual carriageway and may not be suitable so asks Rob and I to check out out. It's apparent that's it's going to be a nightmare getting the convoy safely across so we start looking for somewhere else that may be suitable as a closer alternative to the next servo on the left which is another 20km on from this point. We find a long gravel not-quite-layby which would be ok. The only problem is that it is straight onto the fast road. They decide to stop for the driver change. It's not the best with the fast traffic but they are underway within minutes so the car is now on its final run into the city.

    Suddenly we hit the Friday afternoon Adelaide traffic. It's really heavy and slow with lots of traffic lights. We crawl along slightly ahead of the convoy. I'm glad to be in a heavy duty off-road 4x4, it can't have been much fun in the solar car. The route instructions aren't great with too much unnecessary info about lane changes. And then it happens. A voice over our cb radio says to move into the right-hand two lanes and the rest of the convoy moves right. We're ahead, already in the left lanes. I frantically go through my notes to see if I've missed a crucial instruction. I haven't. They have and the whole rest of convoy heads off in heavy traffic in the the wrong direction... There's nothing we can do but carry on as planned and hope it isn't too long before they can get back on route.

    We get to Victoria Park and park up. We're fiddle around for quite a bit thinking we should get into town. Suddenly the truck and the trailer appear. They got back on route fairly quickly and the car is now where it should be. We hop on the next free bus to Victoria Square as the lead car drives up. They'll have to get the next one. Andrew then phones me as the chase car has been told to go to Victoria Park but they're lost with no instructions. Lance manages to get an official to stop our car before it leaves the holding area so that Andrew and his car can make it. Which they do eventually.
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  • Day44

    Port Augusta

    October 27, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Nun sind wir in Port Augusta angekommen, haben das Outback und somit das Rote Centrum hinter uns gelassen. 10.000 Kilometer liegen seit unserem Start in Perth vor 6 Wochen hinter uns. Wir sind die Westküste entlang in den tropischen Norden gefahren, es wurde immer heißer und trockener. An so manchen Tagen und auch Nächten beinahe nicht auszuhalten. Doch wir haben es (fast) immer genossen, waren dankbar für jeden Campingplatz mit Pool, indem wir eine Abkühlung fanden. Wobei wir an einigen Campingplätzen gar keine „Zeit“ hatten, um zu Baden, denn es gab immer so viel zu sehen und zu entdecken.

    So sind wir dann den Steward Highway entlang in den Süden gefahren, lange Stecken immer geradeaus, hunderte von toten Kängurus am Straßenrand. Es wurde immer heißer und trockener.
    Bis wir dann Südaustralien erreichten und eine neue Klimazone erreichten. Es wurde „kühler“ angenehmer, Tagestemperaturen heute um die 20 Grad, Nachts um die 12 Grad und dazu herrscht hier ein kalter böiger Wind vom Meer. Dieses Wetter wird und die nächsten Wochen begleiten, bis wir wieder in Richtung Norden, Sydney fahren, dann steigen die Temperaturen wieder stetig an. Aber jetzt sind wir erstmal wieder im Frühling angekommen.
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  • Day213

    Port Augusta (Stirling North)

    May 9, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Unser 11-Tages-Plan fürs Outback stand, sodass wir heute unseren ersten Stopp in „Port Augusta“ einlegten. Hier deckten Thomas und ich uns noch mit Isomatten und dickeren Schlafsäcken, sowie zwei Benzinkanistern ein. Die Stadt ist an sich doch eher unspektakulär. Wir unternahmen einen kurzen Spaziergang an den „Old Wooden Wharflands“ (=Anleger) und saßen den Rest des Tages auf unserem Campingplatz in „North Stirling“ herum. Das wirkliche Abenteuer steht uns ja aber auch noch bevor. 😊Read more

  • Day36

    On the road into the Australian Outback

    December 15, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    We‘re hitting the road from Adelaide to the Ayers Rock („Uluru“) and to Alice Springs through the Australian outback...our servant is the 4WD campervan from Apollo 🚐 the next days - there will be nothing but desert.. 🏜

    We carry a lot of food, extra water and extra diesel in these days... for emergencies (car breakdown, snake bite 🐍 etc) we have a gps activated device where an airplane should find and rescue us... fingers crossed 🤞🏼 no need to use it!

    Starting with sunrise... let‘s a goo! 🌅
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  • Day24

    Auf dem Weg nach Adelaide

    January 19, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 39 °C

    Nach unserem Reifentausch haben wir in Hawker einen neuen Ersatzreifen geholt und sind dann in Richtung Adelaide gedüst.
    Auf der App "WikiCamper" haben wir einen kostenfreien und super schönen Platz im Winninowie Conservation Park, in der Nähe von Mangroven entdeckt. Dort haben wir gestern noch gemütlich den Abend ausklingen lassen, und, wieder einmal erfolglos, unser Angelglück versucht.
    Nun bestaunen wir das Schauspiel von Ebbe und Flut und werden uns, nach einem gemütlichen Frühstück, auf den Weg in die große Hauptstadt von South Australia machen.
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  • Day35

    Port Augusta

    September 12 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Continuing south (getting boring isn't it) we passed some major salt lakes and very flat country until we arrived in Port Augusta. We parked the van at an area attached to a local sporting club. They have room for about 30 vans/motorhomes and it is packed. At $8/night it is easy to see why. No power but there is water available.
    After unhooking we went back into town and explored a little. A visit to the Wadlata Outback Centre for information but we were too late to do the tour of the centre. Maybe tomorrow. It's so nice to be back on the coast and to see some water.
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  • Day36

    Port Augusta / Wyhalla

    September 13 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    We visited the Australia Arid Lands Botanic Garden in the morning. This is a major garden and really worth a visit. So many native Australian plants that we probably wouldn't see anywhere else. Many of the trees and bushes were in flower and looked spectacular. We were lucky enough to spot a Shingleback Lizard wandering across our path. Faye was disappointed however that we didn't see one Sturt's Desert Pea even though it is the South Australian State Flower.
    After the gardens we headed down to Whyalla for a look around. What a contrast this town is. Major steel industry and coastal town all rolled into one. The buildings reminded us of Adelaide and Hobart with the stone construction. Heaps to see here and we will probably be back this way later in the trip.
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  • Day6

    Renmark to Port Augusta

    June 27 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    RENMARK TO PORT AUGUSTA – 27/6/2021 to 6/7/2021

    After a one night stay in Renmark we headed off through the small towns of Morgan, Burra and Peterborough to our destination at Orroroo. These small towns have some lovely old stone buildings and houses. The mountain ranges around this area are mostly treeless and weathered to a smooth looking, undulating surface and are dotted with dozens of wind turbines. We arrived in Orroroo and decided to organize our Covid tests at the small local hospital just to be on the safe side even though we were told at the border that it wasn’t compulsory. We drove to view the huge river red gum tree near town which famously has a girth of 10.6 metres – a real giant! After our night in Orroroo we decided to purchase some of the local café’s award winning pies (which were very tasty) and headed off through the pretty town of Wilmington. The road wound its way through a mountain range and down towards Port Augusta and the Spencer Gulf arriving mid afternoon. We have seen hundreds of wind turbines on mountain ranges on our trip in S.A. so far. After getting set up in camp I hit the laundry after learning that the washing machines and dryers were free – bonus!! The weather is beautiful – 18C and sunny. Frank discovered that one of the air bags which form part of the rear suspension on the Pajero is split and although it doesn’t prevent us driving, he decided it was better to get it replaced before we get onto any rough dirt roads but finding one in S.A. is harder than expected so it had to be ordered and sent over from Victoria which meant that we were to remain in Port Augusta until 6th July. We decided to do some day trips during that time. First we drove to Quorn which is north towards the Flinders Ranges and is the town that the old Ghan railway line still operates to. Called the Pichi Richi Railway it passes through the famous Pichi Richi Pass and finishes at the historic Quorn railway station. Unfortunately it wasn’t running on the day we were there and not to be seen. The original Ghan line was built in 1879 to Quorn before being extended to Marree, Oodnadatta and Alice Springs and was used extensively during WWII to carry troops bound for Darwin. Some 50 trains a day ran at that time. The town of Quorn has some lovely old buildings including some large hotels which sit prominently on street corners. We drove a loop road around the area to see Warren Gorge and a couple of lookouts which gave views over to the Flinders Ranges. On another day we drove south to Whyalla which is famous for being the first Steelworks site in Australia as well as for its ship building. We had good views of the town and the Spencer Gulf and overlooked the new circular jetty. This area of the gulf is the breeding grounds of the giant cuttlefish and there are numerous cuttlefish artworks around the town. We also took a trip another day to Port Pirie which is also an industrial town – this one has one of the largest lead smelters in the world. It is situated on the opposite side of the Spencer Gulf to Whyalla and has a lovely historic railway station in the centre of town and other well kept old buildings. On other days in Port Augusta time was spent in the arid region Botanic Garden which had some unusual species of eucalypts and acacias etc. Also the Wadlata Outback Centre which had displays of all things relevant to the Flinders Ranges area dating back to the creation of the area to the Aboriginal dreaming stories, to the history of European settlement. There was a lot information about the beginning of the Ghan railway line. It was an amazing “tunnel of time”.Read more

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