HAWKER TO RAWNSLEY PARK

18/05/2013   Hawker to Merna Mora Homestead   46kms

Picture on the side of Hawker General Store

Picture on the side of Hawker General Store

What can I say about Hawker?  A very small town with a general store that has a painting of an emu on the side.  We stayed in one of the two Caravan Parks for a night, used the camp kitchen, plugged everything in to recharge, ate and wrote up our journals.

Hawker General Store

Hawker General Store

We had a very good day on the tarmac road.  Lots of spectacular, arid scenery, emus, kangaroos and ranges.

Look yonder!

Look yonder!

Road to Merna Mora

Road to Merna Mora

Road to Merna Mora 2

Road to Merna Mora 2

Road to Merna Mora 3

Road to Merna Mora 3

and reached Merna Mora campsite at lunch time.  Bush camping at Merna Mora was cheap and beautiful.

Merna Mora Campsite

Merna Mora Campsite

Scenery from the Merna Mora Campsite.

From Merna Mora Campsite 1

From Merna Mora Campsite 1

From Merna Mora Campsite 2

From Merna Mora Campsite 2

19/05/2013   Merna Mora Homestead to Rawnsley Park    45kms

This ride was on the Muralana Scenic Drive, rough dirt road with corrugations, gravels, sharp rocks and lots of flies.  I had trouble on some of the dirt, particularly with my thinner tyres.   Really shocked myself by totally snaking out going downhill on a rough piece of road, actually stayed upright much to the amazement of Liz who was behind me, pity the video camera wasn’t going at the time!

Elder Ranges 1

Elder Ranges 1

Elder Ranges 2

Elder Ranges 2

Meralana Scenic Drive

Meralana Scenic Drive

Then back on the tarmac and a short ride to the caravan park.

Liz and I taking a break

Liz and I taking a break

Southern Wilpena Pound heading to Rawnsley Park

Southern Wilpena Pound heading to Rawnsley Park

Rawnsley Park Caravan Park was rather a shock to the system, it was full of grey nomads with their posh caravans and mobile homes.  The camp kitchen was rather like a library, very quiet, seated residents with their laptaps and tablets poring over the internet, we found out later that the only reception to be had was in the kitchen so this is where all things electronic gathered.   It was here that I called Adrian and found out that he was missing me and having trouble operating the business on his own, so I have made the sad decision to go back home to help out.

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6 thoughts on “HAWKER TO RAWNSLEY PARK

  1. rose wright

    Hi Pamela
    Lovely to hear about the trip and see the fabulous photos. It looks so dry this year. I like the emu painting. Shame you have had to go home but at least you have something to show for the kilometres you travelled
    Rose

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  2. Rob Baker

    Pamela, Pamela, Pamela, hmmmmmmmmmmm that down hill run must have given you a bit of a fright hmmmmmmmmmmm
    Rob

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  3. Chris Roberts

    I love Rawnsley Park and spent many holidays there when Saturday night meant lamb on a spit, salads and cask wine for $10 per person.

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  4. Jeff Winter

    Hi Pamela!
    Love the photos. Looking at them, I can almost smell the place! I had almost forgotten how fantastic the countryside is out there – and how harsh it can be too.
    It’s been great following your trip, I have been so envious.
    Jeff

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  5. Linda

    Stunning pictures. Well done.
    Linda

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