Wilpena Pound Resort – Blinman – Dingley Dell Campground

I set out for Blinman this morning, a 61 kilometre drive to the highest town in South Australia. The drive takes me through some very stunning and at times rugged country – blue hills in the distance and rugged outcrops abound.  My first stop for the morning is at Huck’s Lookout – an amazing vista lays before me of the Wilpena Pound to one side and the ABC Range to the other. There is an information board here to explain the ages and strata of the countryside which I find very interesting, I realise just how old this land really is, and wish that I had taken Geography as a subject at High School. There is also a memorial to an aboriginal stockman and language interpreter who died near here in 2001.

I am in awe of the view on this drive – sparse hilly country and the road twists and turns around through the hills – around each bend it is a little different and I find myself wondering what will come next.  Creek crossings bring silt on the road and towering gums – around the next bend could be emus in the spinifex country – so diverse and beautiful.

Blinman is a small town, population at present is 19 – a mine tour, a hotel, and tourist accommodation seem to be the main employers.  They hold a Camp Oven Festival on the long weekend in October and the fire rings are embedded in a terraced hill beside the North Blinman Hotel. Copper was discovered in the area by a one legged shepherd named Robert “Peg Leg” Blinman in 1859 and this ensured a boom for the next decade.

Lunch at the Hotel was enjoyed with the Sydney couple I met yesterday who were exploring Blinman today too. It was nice to have such great company and we explored the cemetery together before they headed back to Wilpena.

The Great Walls of China (just South of Blinman) are superb and I stop to photograph them from this angle, the ruggedness of the land is sobering. I want to stop at the Aboriginal Rock Art site before heading to Dingley Dell Campsite for the night, the art is a little hard to photograph and one wonders how they made the imprints in such hard rock. There is an explanation of the symbols at the gate leading to the site. Gill Coulthard (Ashley’s Dad) helped to interpret these.

Dingley Dell Campsite is beside the creek (dry of course), which has an amazing slate rock bottom, a rugged cliff face and those majestic gums again – a peaceful spot.  There is only one other couple in the camp tonight.

Huck's Lookout Information

Huck’s Lookout Information

Huck's View of Wilpena Pound

Huck’s View of Wilpena Pound

Rex Stuart Plaque

Rex Stuart Plaque

Majestic Hills

Majestic Hills

Emus

Emus

Rugged Hills

Rugged Hills

Wilpena to Blinman

Wilpena to Blinman

Blinman Grader

Blinman Grader

Blinman Hall

Blinman Hall

Blinman Outside Dunny

Blinman Outside Dunny

Blinman Streetscape

Blinman Streetscape

Blinman Hotel

Blinman Hotel

Great Wall of China

Great Wall of China

Great Wall of China

Great Wall of China

Oraparinna

Oraparinna

Heading South

Heading South

Aboriginal Art Symbols

Aboriginal Art Symbols

Adnyamathanha Art Site

Adnyamathanha Art Site

Rock Art

Rock Art

Dingley Dell

Dingley Dell

Dingley Dell Gums

Dingley Dell Gums

Dingley Dell Creek Bed

Dingley Dell Creek Bed

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