Dingley Dell Campground – Stokes Hill Lookout –Wilpena – Arkaroo Rock – Hawker – Old Kanyaka Homestead Ruins – KanyakaWaterhole

I headed out of Dingley Dell Campground this morning on my way to Stokes Hill Lookout, which I have been told by Brian and Joy, (the Sydney couple I lunched with at Blinman), is spectacular.  The hill is too steep for my vehicle so I decide to leave it at the roadside and hike the 2 kilometres up the hill.  On the way in, I passed emus feeding and kangaroos in the spinifex.  The view makes me keep stopping to gape at the amazing sight – one one side of the hill is a plain, with the road threading through like a ribbon, but on the other is undulating hills with spinifex clumps.  In the distance is Wilpena Pound, the Elder Range is off to the south. The view is nothing short of spectacular.

There is a monument at the top with a relief of the surrounding countryside, the hills raised in the copper and the pound clearly visible. There is also a memorial which has two plaques., and I wonder if this place is these people’s favourite spot.

On returning to the bus, I head for Wilpena for a spot of shopping, and on to Rawnsley Lookout(which looks out towards the Arkaroo Rock) for lunch before hiking in to the Arkaroo Rock Aboriginal Art Site. This cave art is an hour’s hike from the carpark, up some very steep country in places, but I am so glad that I decided to find it.  Amazing to be sitting in front of cave art which was done by aboriginal artists so long ago – thankfully it is very well preserved for generations to come.  The cave itself overhangs the inscriptions so the weather doesn’t play havoc with the symbols. I could have sat for hours trying to decipher the meaning of the symbols but needed to be off to Hawker as I want to visit the gallery again. On my way down form the cave I was surprised to see about 8 feral goats, vainly trying to get a drink from a dried up creek bed.

After Hawker, I head towards Quorn and find the Wilson Historic Site, surveyed in 1881 – the Wilson Stationmaster’s Residence stands alongside the highway and the site has its water tank intact. A sign across the highway directs you to the Wilson Cemetery.  A little further along the road, through creeks and flats lie the Old Kanyaka Homestead Ruins – this site was surveyed in 1863 and is quite remarkable – so much of the original homestead, and the outbuildings are still standing – crumbling walls pose a risk but the entire homestead precinct is still visible.  They even have a floor plan on one of the information boards. I explore before taking my leave and heading to the Kanyaka Waterhole parking area.  I walk down to the waterhole – with its lime kiln and huts – all part of the original station. The waterhole is magical, with river gums galore, one can imagine families playing on the banks. I head back to the parking bay and set up for the evening – one very tired but extremely satisfied woman.

Winding road to Stokes Hill

Winding road to Stokes Hill

Stokes Hill View

Stokes Hill View

Stokes Hill Relief

Stokes Hill Relief

Wilpena Pound From Stokes Hil

Wilpena Pound From Stokes Hil

Wilpena

Wilpena

Arkaroo Road

Arkaroo Road

Arkaroo Hike

Arkaroo Hike

Arkaroo Goats

Arkaroo Goats

Art Site

Art Site

Art Site

Art Site

Aboriginal Art Site

Aboriginal Art Site

Arkaroo Rock Hike

Arkaroo Rock Hike

Livin' at Arkaroo Parking

Livin’ at Arkaroo Parking

Wilson Historic Site

Wilson Historic Site

Wilson Stationmaster's House

Wilson Stationmaster’s House

Kanyaka Information

Kanyaka Information

Kanyaka Ruins

Kanyaka Ruins

Kanyaka Waterhole Information

Kanyaka Waterhole Information

Kanyaka Waterhole

Kanyaka Waterhole

Spinifex

Spinifex

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