Black Rock – Oorooro – Hawker – Quorn

I left Black Rock early so that I could see the sights in Orrorro – I wanted to go to the Tank Hill Lookout just outside of the town. It didn’t disappoint, giving a great view of the surrounding countryside and the town itself. The Catholic Church building here is impressive.

I also found the Giant Gum tree – I’d seen the signs so needed to investigate. This gum is estimated to be over 500 years old and has a circumference of 10.4 metres. It is six metres before there is a fork in the trunk so it is a very imposing sight.  These trees are likely to lose limbs and there are signs everywhere warning of the dangers of falling limbs. It is a magnificent specimen though.

I’m heading to Hawker to see my niece, Gerri Monaghan and her family – they’re in town fixing Ash’s Dads grave up so it’s a great time to catch up with them all – it’s been ages. I fuelled up and then went to the information bay to wait for them.

Gerri, Bree, Luke, Jarrod and Raylene arrived and we had a great catch up – lunch and then decided that I’d go to Quorn for the night as Aaron is in hospital and Bree needs to be home with him.  I parked my bus in one of Ashley’s family’s spare block and off we went.

In the afternoon I decided to explore Quorn’s historic main street – such amazing buildings – a legacy of the town’s Railway history which dates back to the 1870’s. The hotel buildings are large and there are still four hotels operating in the town.

The Quorn Hotel was opened in 1890, the ornate Town Hall building in 1891 and the beautiful Uniting Church operated as a Methodist Church in 1880 – there is much history in these older towns. The Pichi Richi Railway runs restored steam trains on the Old Ghan Line from Quorn through South Australian Outback.

So lovely to be around family and catching up with their news – we had a barbecue with Dish and Kerrie (Ray was the only child home so will have to meet the other two next week). We talked and reminisced until 2 am.

Orrorro Entrance Kangaroo Sculptures

Orrorro Entrance Kangaroo Sculptures

Orrorro Lookout

Orrorro Lookout

Orrorro Tank Hill Lookout

Orrorro Tank Hill Lookout

Orrorro Catholic Church

Orrorro Catholic Church

Giant Gum Tree Information

Giant Gum Tree Information

Giant Gum Tree

Giant Gum Tree

Gum Tree Facts

Gum Tree Facts

Paula at Orrorro Lookout

Paula at Orrorro Lookout

Heading North

Heading North

Gerri and Paula

Gerri and Paula

Paula, Luke, Gerri, Bree, Jarrod, Raylene

Paula, Luke, Gerri, Bree, Jarrod, Raylene

The Mill - Quorn

The Mill – Quorn

Quorn Shopfront

Quorn Shopfront

Quorn Streetscape

Quorn Streetscape

Quorn Railway Station

Quorn Railway Station

Quorn Railway Station

Pichi Richi Railway – Quorn Railway Station

The Old Ghan Information

The Old Ghan Information

Quorn Austral Hotel
Quorn Austral Hotel

Quorn Transcontinental Hotel

Quorn Transcontinental Hotel

Wallaby Information

Wallaby Information

Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby

Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby

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