16.10.2012 - 17.10.2012 27 °C
We drove into Ceduna this morning and Pommy Bob left his car (and Caravan) to have to oil and filter changed in his car. We expected that it would take about ¾ of an hour so we all went in our car into town and Hiroe did some washing and we filled our water tanks in the van.
We went and did a little shopping and since it was getting towards lunch time Pommy Bob rang to find out about his car. They were having some trouble determining what sort of oil to put in the car and Bob put them right and was told it would be another ½ an hour.
We finally went to pick up his car and van and the man talked to Bob forever and Bob had trouble getting the man away from leaning on his bumper bar. Eventually we got away and had lunch just outside town.
You will notice that there haven’t been any photos yet today – there will be none for the whole day in fact.
We drove through Wirrulla, Poochera, Minnipa, Wudinna, and Kyancutta and have stopped for the night just 20 km further on at The Goyder’s Line Memorial Rest Area. Goyder was the surveyor General of South Australia who in 1865 drew a line across South Australia and declared that all country to the north was drought affected and was unsuitable for farming. This meant about 90% of the State.
We continued our journey this morning and drove into Kimba where we took a couple of photos of a large galah (bird) and then 3 gallahs together (a bird and two Bobs).
Hiroe bought a rare black jade pendant in the shop there. This is the only place in the world that has black jade – it does have the green as well.
We had a look at the now almost abandoned town of Iron Knob. The mine here has closed and most of the residents and shop keepers have left. Iron ore was originally mined here for use as flux in the copper smelting industry. The iron ore was of such high quality that it started an iron smelting industry as well. It is referred to as the birthplace of the steel industry in Australia. It gets its name for the fact that it has a large amount of iron ore and was a major contributor to Australia's iron industry.
Quarrying for iron at the town ended in 1998.
Onwards into Port Augusta where we checked into the Info Centre to get directions to the Telstra Shop (we need to change our “My Hour” on our mobile phone which gives us one free hour a day to make calls). We also needed to know where we could fill up the tanks on our vans with water. We did a little shopping then fuelled up, added the water and had lunch
We drove out of Port Augusta following our GPS Navigator to just south of Port Pirie then turned off towards Burra. We had camped for the night in a rest area adjacent to the road with wonderful views of wheat fields and rolling hills.