Happy 2010!

I hope your New Year’s was fabulous, whether you partied all night or had a quiet one and cuddled up and watched the telly with the one(s) you love.  I spent the night dancing away with a bunch of great friends at the Prairie Hotel, Parachilna, which is situated in the northern Flinders Ranges.

It was a fabulous way to see in the new year  – great food, fantastic entertainment (The BC Boys) that had us on our feet all night, and the best company. We dropped by again the next day to sample emu and roo burgers,  a real taste of the Aussie outback, or for the less adventurous among us, Angas beef burgers. Delish!

But the Flinders Ranges boasts more attractions than just the Prairie Hotel. We spent a couple of days exploring the many gorges that wend their way through the ranges, checking out the spectacular scenery from both creekbed…

(These are both taken in Brachina Gorge.)

… and from mountain top.

Isn’t the landscape just wonderful! And there’s more…

It’s no place for the faint hearted. The Ranges are littered with the bones of dead animals, long abandoned homesteads and even entire towns. For many, drought was the killer. Which is why coming upon this next attraction was a huge surprise.

Aroona Dam was built to service the new township of Leigh Creek. The old township was unfortunately located slap bang over a massive coal deposit so a new town was built to service the coal mine, and this dam built to supply water to the township. Now that Leigh Creek’s population has fallen to around the 600 mark, it is said that even if it didn’t rain again, Aroona Dam has enough water for ten years.  It’s massive. Totally unepxected and totally amazing.

And here’s one of the mine, the bit you can see from the visitor centre.

And here’s me with my “spare tyre”.  I
just wish the real thing was as easy to lose:-))

I”m going to be away for a week or so, visiting family in far flung places, and when I return, I’ll post some of the pictures from the old “ghost” town of Beltana, abandoned when the original Ghan railway closed down.  Meanwhile, have a wonderful January, wherever you are in the world. Stay warm if it’s cold where you are, or if it’s blistering hot like it is down here, then stay cool. And stay safe!

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Lovely piccies Trish – I can imagine how blistering hot it was!!

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