Quorn – Port Germein – Port Pirie – Merriton Rest Area

It’s Sheryl’s 60th Birthday today and it is also Aaron’s birthday. I rang Sheryl – she’s at Twin Towns and then organised myself to set off from Quorn.  I headed off through Pichi Richi Pass – taking time today to photograph the magnificent Flinders at close range. The colours are simply breathtaking and I never tire of looking at them. The Pichi Richi Railway track winds through the pass, what an engineering feat to put a track through such inhospitable terrain (mostly by hand I’d imagine!!) The Woolshed Flat Station is about half way to Port Augusta and there is a train ride on the Pichi Richi Railway that you can take to there.  They have a picnic area set among the trees with the most magnificent view of the ranges while the passengers wait to re-embark for the return to Quorn.

The country changes as you drive over the range and, near Stirling North the saltbush is growing on the rolling hills which in turn become plains nearer to the ocean.  This country looks very much like desert – I filmed some sheep in a paddock in the shadow of Devil’s Peak – I cannot work out what they’re eating – the red ground is bare and rocky.

Through Stirling North I head to the highway and Port Germain – a seaside village on the Spencer Gulf which has the longest wooden jetty in Australia.  With a claim to fame like that, of course I have to walk it!!  It is 1 ½ kilometres long. What a great view – the railway goods shed welcomes you, the lighthouse then beckons the visitors to the jetty.  The tide was receding when I visited so the crabbers were out – some had great success with catching Blue Swimmer Crabs while others had none. The wind on the jetty is very strong so it kept me cool on the long walk.  The colours in the water changed from clear to pale green-blue to very deep blue in the bay as you walk out along the jetty.

I walked around exploring Port Germain and then headed for Port Pirie, the country has changed again to wheat fields one side of the highway and coastal country on the other.  I need to get a few groceries and see what Port Pirie has to offer before calling it a day.  The streetscape is quite tidy, the median strip is lined with palms making it look more of an oasis, and there are boats on the canals near Fisherman’s Wharf – the water looks inviting as it’s pretty hot this afternoon.  I am really not into cities so I decide to head to Merriton Rest Area for the night in preparation for exploring Crystal Brook tomorrow early. On my way I am fascinated by the freight trains – massive amounts of wagons and the containers are stacked three high and at precarious angles.  The campsite is opposite the railway line so I imagine there will be lots of traffic.

Flinders leaving Quorn

Flinders leaving Quorn

Flinders

Flinders

Woolshed Flat

Woolshed Flat

Pichi Richi Railway Overpass

Pichi Richi Railway Overpass

Stirling North Country

Stirling North Country

Saltbush

Saltbush

Pichi Richi Train Photo
Pichi Richi Train Photo

Port Augusta in Distance

Port Augusta in Distance

Flinders Ranges

Flinders Ranges

Port Germein History

Port Germein History

Port Germein History

Port Germein History

Port Germein Lighthouse

Port Germein Lighthouse

Port Germein Jetty

Port Germein Jetty

Port Germein Jetty End

Port Germein Jetty End

Port Germein Water Colours

Port Germein Water Colours

Port Germein Tidal Flat

Port Germein Tidal Flat

Port Germein Rail Shed

Port Germein Rail Shed

Port Pirie Country

Port Pirie Country

Golden Fields

Golden Fields

Port Pirie Attractions

Port Pirie Attractions

Port Pirie Silos
Port Pirie Silos

Port Pirie Streetscape

Port Pirie Streetscape

Freight Train - Double Decker Containers

Freight Train – Double Decker Containers

Freight Train

Freight Train

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